Thursday, August 12, 2010

Isotopes Etherton Card

Here is Seth Etherton's Isotopes Autograph Session card, #4.

Seth has been around for a long time. He is a local boy who played for Dana Hills High School and USC- helping the Trojans win the College World Series in 1998. Drafted by Anaheim in 1998, he came up for them a couple of years later in 2000. Etherton went 5-1 with a 5.52 ERA as a starter. After that season he was traded to Cincinnati for a short stop prospect named Wilmy Caceres (he would never make it to the show). From there, he would miss nearly two seasons due to shoulder surgery.

Afterwards, Seth would bounce around a bit in the minors with a couple of more stints in the show and a short stay with the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization. From my understanding, a strange stomach illness ended his stay in Korea. I guess he didn't like the Kimchi. Another arm surgery, a successful short run with the Long Beach Armada and a full season with the Diamondbacks AAA club led him to Albuquerque where he has started 13 games going 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA.

There is something to be said about a man who continues to battle in Baseball. Even as he comes closer to the middle ages of his life he still has the determination, the grit and a love for the game that drives him to compete.

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