Thursday, November 4, 2010

2007 Charleston River Dogs Chris Malec


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.

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