Who is this? Camden Riversharks infielder Chris Malec
What is this? An autographed card from the 2007 Charleston River Dogs team set
Where'd I get it? Malec signed it at a Newark Bears game this summer
How much did it cost? $1
Why is this so special? The New York Yankees selected Malec out of UC-Santa Barbara in the 16th round of the 2005 draft. He played in their farm system for five seasons, making it all the way to AAA.
I met Malec when he played for the Trenton Thunder in 2009, and he seemed like a nice guy who appreciated the fans. That carried over when he joined the Camden Riversharks in the independent Atlantic League this season.
In 135 games for Camden, Malec hit .270 / .375 / .396, with seven home runs and six stolen bases. He was hit by pitches a remarkable 18 times.
I am impressed by Malec’s careful, tiny signature. I also like the cute logo on the River Dogs card.