Thursday, March 10, 2011
2010 Allen & Ginter Tommy Manzella
Who is this? Houston Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella
What is this? An autographed 2010 Allen & Ginter card
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Manzella and asked him to sign it this spring
How much did it cost? The unsigned card cost 10 cents.
Why is this so special? Tommy Manzella seemed to show up in every other random pack of cards I bought last year. I was going to send him one of those cards to see if he'd sign it, but I saw his Allen & Ginter card in a dealer's dime box and decided that I liked it better. Ginter cards look great signed.
Manzella hit .225 in 258 at-bats last year and his OPS was .531. The much-maligned Mets second baseman Luis Castillo hit .235 with a .604 OPS in a similar number of at-bats.
It's not really a surprise that Houston brought in Clint Barmes to play shortstop this year. Manzella is trying to win a job as a bench player.Since he's nice enough to sign autographs, I wish him good luck.