Saturday, July 3, 2010

2009 Long Island Ducks B.J. LaMura

Who is this? New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitcher B.J. LaMura
What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Long Island Ducks team set
Where'd I get it? LaMura signed it for me after a game between the Fisher Cats and Thunder in Trenton last month
How much did it cost? I spent less than $10 to buy the team set
Why is this so special? B.J. LaMura was regarded as one of the best high school baseball players in New York in 1999. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2002 draft by the Chicago White Sox. LaMura was once traded for Sandy Alomar Jr. and was a member of the Italian team during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

LaMura returned to affiliated baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization this year after spending last season with the independent Long Island Ducks. He's 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 13 appearances for the Fisher Cats this year.

LaMura's autograph is fairly condensed, but somewhat readable. He signed his current uniform number, 16, rather than the one he wore with the Ducks. This is one of the few times I've been able to get an Atlantic League card signed at an affiliated minor league game.

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