Thursday, June 3, 2010

2009 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Kenny Rayborn

Who is this? Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pitcher Kenny Rayborn

What is this? An autographed card from last year's Southern Maryland Blue Crabs team set

Where'd I get it? I got it signed before the game between the Blue Crabs and the Newark Bears on Memorial Day

How much did it cost? I think I spent around $8 for the team set.

Why is this so special? Rayborn, now 35, has been pitching professionally since 1997. According to Baseball Reference, he has a lifetime 61-34 record in 198 games through the 2009 season. Last night, I watched him earn his third victory of the season against the Bears.

I own a fair number of minor league and independent league cards, but you rarely see players pictured in their road grays. It's just easier to have the team's photographer take all the shots at home.

The Blue Crabs ended up getting a few photos from the Newark Bears' photographer to use in their card set last year. Since Newark did not produce their own cards in 2009, these are the only ones that picture the redecorated Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

Rayborn's signature isn't the greatest, but he didn't have a lot of time to sign before the game started.

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