Showoff Sunday: California League Coaches – South Division

I’m a couple of days late with this, so we will call this the Wednesday Edition of Showoff Sunday. This week I will continue with the autograph collection I have amassed this season of the coaches in the California League. The focus of this post will be on the coaches in the South Division.

The teams in the South Division include Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Inland Empire 66ers, Lancaster JetHawks, High Desert Mavericks and the Lake Elsinore Storm. At this point in the season only the Quakes, Mavericks and Storm have made the trip up north to Stockton.

During the first weekend of May, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes made their one and only trip to Stockton. On the coaching staff is former MLB pitcher Matt Herges. He has been the pitching coach with the Quakes for a couple of years now. I have already had a few cards signed by Matt, so this year I only found one card of his that I did not have autographed.

Matt Herges Autographed Card: 2002 Bowman Chrome

Matt Herges Autographed Card: 2002 Bowman Chrome

From April 25-27th the High Desert Mavericks made their first of 2 trips to Banner Island Ballpark. The coaching staff consists of 2 former Major Leaguers: Max Venable (hitting) and Andrew Lorraine (pitching).

I was able to get these 4 cards signed by Max Venable.

Max Venable Autographed Cards: 1981, 1987 Fleer, 1986, 1987 Topps

Max Venable Autographed Cards: 1981, 1987 Fleer, 1986, 1987 Topps

At the time I only had one card for Andrew Lorraine to sign. I will be better prepared when the Mavericks come back to town this coming weekend.

Andrew Lorraine Autographed Card: 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice

Andrew Lorraine Autographed Card: 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice

The other South Division team that has made the trip to Stockton is the Lake Elsinore Storm. The Storm made their annual pilgrimage to Banner Island Ballpark from April 21-24. To me the Storm has 2 of the bigger names in the California League coaching staff: Jamie Quirk (manager) and Jody Davis (hitting coach).

I was able to get 6 cards (5 Chicago Cubs and 1 Atlanta Braves) signed by Jody Davis.

Jody Davis Autographed Cards: 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990 Fleer, 1988 Topps, 1988 Score

Jody Davis Autographed Cards: 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990 Fleer, 1988 Topps, 1988 Score

I was also lucky enough to get 6 cards (3 Kansas City Royals and 3 Oakland Athletics) signed by Jamie Quirk.

Jamie Quirk Autographed Cards: 1981, 1987 Fleer, 1988 Topps, 1990, 1992 Mother's Cookies, 1991 Donruss

Jamie Quirk Autographed Cards: 1981, 1987 Fleer, 1988 Topps, 1990, 1992 Mother’s Cookies, 1991 Donruss

I will be posting updates as the 66ers and JetHawks come to town for the first time and the Mavericks come back to Stockton.

I will also be posting an update (really soon) on the California League North coaches as I have added more cards to that autograph collection.

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Showoff Sunday: California League Coaches – North Division

In this edition of Showoff Sunday I will be displaying autographed cards of former Major League Players turned California League Coaches. At this time there are 15 coaches in the California League who have had Major League experience. The range of experience is anywhere from 1 or 2 seasons to more than 10 years.

For this post I will focus on the North Division of the California League which includes the Stockton Ports, Modesto Nuts, San Jose Giants, Visalia Rawhide and the Bakersfield Blaze. I will begin with the coaching staff of the Stockton Ports. Manager Ryan Christenson played with 4 teams including the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers. I have had 12 cards singed by Ryan so far this season.

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #1

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #1

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #2

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #2

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #3

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #3

The pitching coach for the Stockton Ports is John Wasdin. John has MLB experience with 7 different team, but most notably the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. To date, I have been able to get 6 cards autographed by John this season.

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #1

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #1

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #2

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #2

Next up is the pitching coach for the Visalia Rawhide, Gil Heredia. Gil came up in the San Francisco Giants organization and played with 3 other teams the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics. I got 3 cards signed by Gil during Visala’s first series in Stockton (April 10-13, 2014).

Gil Heredia Autographed Cards

Gil Heredia Autographed Cards

The last cards I will feature on this post is the current San Jose Giants manager Lenn Sakata. Lenn is best known for his time with the Baltimore Orioles. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. I got these 3 cards signed during the recent series against the Ports in Stockton (May 13-15, 2014).

Lenn Sakata Autographed Cards

Lenn Sakata Autographed Cards

There are a few other coaches in the Northern Division that I have yet to get autographs from this season. Those former players include Dave Burba (San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians), Tom Browning (Cincinnati Reds), Pat Kelly (Toronto Blue Jays) and Robby Hammond (Arizona Diamondbacks).

Next week I will feature the coaches in the California League South Division.

Showoff Sunday: Autographed Baseballs

For my first Showoff Sunday, I decided to showoff the 4 autograph baseballs I have collected so far this season.

The first ball was signed by Stockton Ports pitcher Tim Atherton. On Tuesday April 22, 2014 Tim pitched 7.1 perfect innings leading the Ports to a 6-2 victory over the Lake Elsinore Storm. This ball was signed after the game.

Tim Atherton Autographed Baseball

Tim Atherton Autographed Baseball

The next ball was signed by a young prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, Julio Urias. Julio is only 17 years old is currently playing for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He was signed as a free agent out of the Mexican League in 2012. Julio looks like someone to watch over the next couple of seasons as he matures.

Julio Urias Autographed Ball

Julio Urias Autographed Ball

The next ball was autographed by former Major League pitcher Tom Browning. Tom is best know for pitching a perfect game for the Cincinnati Reds against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. He was also on the pitching staff of the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds. Tom is currently the pitching coach for the Bakersfield Blaze, the Class A advanced affiliate of the Reds.

Tom Browning Autographed Ball

Tom Browning Autographed Ball

The final ball I have had autographed so far this season was by movie director Ron Shelton. Ron was a part of the 1969 Stockton Ports team that won the California League Championship. After his time in the minors Ron went on to become a famous movie director. He has directed such films as Tin Cup, Cobb and Bull Durham. This ball was signed at the Stockton Ports Alumni Night on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Ron Shelton Autographed Ball (Movie Director)

Ron Shelton Autographed Ball (Movie Director)

 

 

TTM Success 01/25/2014: Tim Birtsas

This past Saturday, January 25th, I received another TTM autograph. This time it was former Oakland Athletics pitcher Tim Birtsas. Tim pitched in the Athletics organization from 1985-87. Tim was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in 1982, but did not make it to the majors until his time in Oakland. He was included in the trade between the Athletics and the Yankees that sent Rickey Henderson to New York.  Tim would go on to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds from 1988-90.

Tim autographed 2 cards for me: 1985 Fleer Update and 1988 Topps

TTM Autographs of Tim Birtsas: 1985 Fleer Update and 1988 Topps

TTM Autographs of Tim Birtsas: 1985 Fleer Update and 1988 Topps