Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dustin Hermanson Autographed Card

When the San Diego Padres drafted Dustin Hermanson, the thought was that his fastball would make him an ideal reliever, perhaps even a closer if he developed well enough. He sure had the facial hair to warrant playing as a closer...
Leave it to the Montréal Expos to try to convert him into a starter, leaving him with a 43-47 record over four seasons with the team.

After shuffling around with the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants, he landed with the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and 2006; they made him their closer and won the 2005 World Series, albeit with rookie Bobby Jenks filling in when Hermanson had back problems, which forced him into early retirement after a filed attempt at cracking the Cincinnati Reds roster in 2007.

Here he is on card #87 from Topps' 1994 Stadium Club Draft Picks set, the first and only set of its kind released by the brand, which he signed in blue sharpie, likely when playing for the Giants, perhaps in August 2003:

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