Friday, April 2, 2010
2001 Topps Chrome, Brian Buchanan
#72 Brian Buchanan
Here is a card that I got signed last year on my College World Series trip. I usually try to go to some minor league games on the trip and last year I went to Des Moines, Iowa. I got to see the Iowa Cubs host a double header against the Omaha Royals. Brian was playing for the O-Royals at the time and I got this card signed outside of the ballpark after the games. Brian seemed like a nice guy and signed for everyone who wanted his autograph.
Brian has had a long career in professional baseball. He is a former Yankee first round draft choice (1994) that got traded to the Twins in the Chuck Knoblauch deal. He made his Major League debut for the Twins in 2000 and he played in 30 games for them that year. He spent time with the Twins, Padres, and Mets over the next four seasons.
The last time he played in the Majors was 2004. Since then, he has mostly played AAA ball. He also spent one season in Japan and half a season in the Northern League. He is now officially retired from baseball and this season will be his first season as a manager. He will be in charge of the Royals rookie team, the Idaho Falls Chukars.