Monday, September 6, 2010

2010 Brooklyn Cyclones Blake Forsythe

Who is this? Brooklyn Cyclones catcher Blake Forsythe
What is this? An autographed card from the 2010 Brooklyn Cyclones team set
Where'd I get it? Forsythe signed it for me before the Cyclones final regular season game on Sunday.
How much did it cost? The team set was $10.

Why is this so special? The Brooklyn Cyclones finished the 2010 season with the best record in the NY-Penn League and are headed to the playoffs starting tomorrow night. In recognition of their achievement, I'm planning to post a card signed by a member of the 2010 Cyclones team each night this week.

Forsythe was the Mets third-round selection in this year's draft. Coming into this year, he was regarded as one of the best catchers in college baseball. He didn't have a good season, and that probably caused him to slip to in the draft.

Forsythe didn't have an easy transition to professional baseball - he hit .234 with a .307 on-base percentage and .373 slugging average in 33 pro games, mostly with the Cyclones.

Like all the players I'm going to show you this week, Forsythe was very generous with his time on Sunday. He spent at least five minutes signing autographs along the wall before the start of the game. Although his signature just includes a few letters of his name, it is fairly identifiable.

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