Friday, May 3, 2013

Signed Ball of the Day : Edwin Jackson ( ROMLB Sweet Spot w/ No Hitter Inscription )

A can't miss prospect to a what could have been to basically a journeyman. The story of Edwin Jackson that should have been good has turned into disappointment for the most part.

Edwin came up to the Dodgers on his 20th birthday and out pitched multiple Cy young winner Randy Jackson to earn his first win. Sky was the limit. He had been highly regarded in the minor league system and came up and gave an outstanding performance on his MLB debut. Other than the no hitter later in his career that seems to be his high point.

Edwin is only 29 yet he has played for 8 teams already in his career. He has been traded numerous times and this past off season he finally received his first multi year contract with the Cubs. He is not a terrible pitcher but considering the fanfare and how he performed very early in his Dodger career you would not be wrong in thinking that he was going to have a great career. Such is the life of prospect predicting.

His other high point was his aforementioned no hitter. He was playing for the Diamondbacks and pitching against the Rays in what is considered one of the worst no hitters in history. 149 pitches thrown, 8 walks and one hit batsman. Yet no hits given up. It has been reported he is somewhat ashamed of the performance and only slightly owns it. If it was me I would still be proud. No hits is no hits. Either way, I wish him luck with the cursed Cubs. Too bad what could have been never happened with the Dodgers.

On one of my eBay sprees last year of acquiring old Dodgers I came across this ball on eBay and it had a low starting bid of $10. It was an JSA authenticated baseball with his No Hitter inscription included. As always once the auction was nearing it's end I put my bid on and won it for a little over $25. Not too shabby. So I am now a proud owner of a signed baseball of a player that is not so proud of the no hitter that is included on the ball. But he was a Dodger and I am happy to have it in my collection.

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