Saturday, March 19, 2011

2009 Binghamton Mets Shawn Bowman

Who is this? Atlanta Braves minor league third baseman Shawn Bowman
What is this? An autographed 2009 Binghamton Mets team set card
Where'd I get it? Bowman signed it for me last season after a game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Trenton Thunder
How much did it cost? The unsigned team set was around $10

Why is this so special? Shawn Bowman was the Mets 12th round selection in the 2002 draft. He advanced slowly through the farm system, hampered by back problems that caused him to miss a lot of playing time between 2006-2008.

In 2009, Bowman represented Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Last year, Bowman was exposed to waivers in April when the Mets needed to open a 40-man roster spot, and Bowman was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. He played in 106 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, batting .263 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI. After the season, he signed with the Atlanta Braves organization as a free agent and got an invitation to major league spring training camp.

Bowman's autograph resembles a seismograph line. Here's his 2010 New Hampshire Fisher Cats card.

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