Monday, April 25, 2011
2005 Topps, Matt Rogelstad
#320 Matt Rogelstad
Here is a card that Paul, from Paul's Random Stuff, got signed for me at an Atlantic League game in 2009. Matt was playing for the York Revolution that summer and Paul was nice enough to get the card signed at a Newark Bears game in the second half of the season.
Matt was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Mariners in 2003. He had quite a whirlwind season that year. Though he only played in 45 games that summer, he had stops in Rookie ball, low A, high A, and AAA. That doesn't happen all too often. He came back to reality after that season, though, as he spent the next two and a half seasons playing in the California League. In 2005, he got his first taste of AA and he hit only .185 in 23 games. The Mariners let him go after that season.
Matt was picked up by the Nationals after that and he spent a majority of his time with them (two seasons) on their Carolina League team. He then played in the Atlantic League in 2009 and the Golden Baseball League last year. I have no idea if Matt has found a team for this season.
Matt is Canadian and he was a member of their 2008 Olympic baseball team.
Matt's signature is unique. You can easily make out "Matt" and the first letter of his last name. After that though, it looks like he is tallying how many autographs he has signed that day.