Friday, July 23, 2010
2009 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Eric Crozier
Who is this? Southern Maryland Blue Crabs first baseman Eric Crozier
What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs team set
Where'd I get it? Crozier signed it for me at a game in Newark earlier this year.
How much did it cost? I believe the team set was around $6.
Why is this so special? Crozier appeared in 14 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004, despite being a 41st round draft pick in 2000. (Though I'm not sure if the low draft standing was because of a talent evaluation or signability concerns...)
He was once traded for another Atlantic League first baseman, Josh Phelps, back when both still had prospect status.
I never saw Crozier play in the majors, but he has been a gentleman during his time in the Atlantic League -- he spent two seasons with the Lancaster Barnstormers before joining the Blue Crabs in 2008.
Like Jim Ed Warden, Crozier had been signed by an affiliated team by the time the Blue Crabs card set came out last year. The team chose to recognize that on the front of the card, which was a nice touch.
Crozier has an interesting, stylized signature. I can't quite figure out what the loop at the bottom represents, though.