THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: ADRIAN BROWN, SEAN LAWRENCE, CHANCE SANFORD, MIKE WILLIAMS, GARY WILSON, TIM EDGE, CHAD HERMANSEN, CARLOS CRAWFORD, NASHVILLE SOUNDS - HFSID 285740
Sale Price $198.00
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: NASHVILLE SOUNDS (1998)
Pacific Coast League baseball signed by 8 members of the Pirates' AAA affiliate, four of whom made it to the Major League club during the season
Baseball signed: "Kris Benson", "Charlie Sanford", "Mike Williams", "Chad Hermansen", "Carlos Crawford", "Adrian Brown", "Gary Wilson/Cor 3:33", "Sean Lawrence", "Tim Edge", "Adrian Brown?. In all nine signatures from eight players. (Brown has signed twice.) The once powerful Pittsburgh Pirates, suffering the woes of a small market franchise in the era of high salaries and free agency, suffered the fifth of 18 (to date) consecutive losing seasons in 1998, finishing last in the NL Central with a 69-93 record. Their top level farm club, the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League fared little better, 65-78. KRIS BENSON, a Pirates first round draft pick in 1996, was a starting pitcher for the Sounds, going 8-10. In 2010 he was still in the high minors, pitching for the Diamondbacks' AAA affiliate in Reno. Infielder/pinch hitter CHANCE SANFORD who boasted impressive hitting stats for Nashville in 1998, failed to hit his weight when called up to the parent club (.143 vs. 165), and was traded to the Dodgers. Relief pitcher MIKE WILLIAMS, already a veteran of 5 Major League seasons with the Phillies, would return to the Majors with the Pirates later in 1998 and become a bullpen stalwart. A 2-time ML All-Star, he would have his best season in 2002, saving 46 games as the Bucs' closer. Outfielder CHAD HERMANSEN showed both power and speed for the Sounds in 1998, bashing 28 homers and swiping 21 bases. He would be called up to the Pirates in 1999, playing with the team (mostly in a reserve role) through 2002, before finishing his Major League career with the Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays through 2004. Pitcher CARLOS CRAWFORD, who had appeared in one Major League game with the Phillies in 1996, was nearing the end of his decade in the minors. Never a top prospect (51st round draft pick), he would finish his baseball career with the Nashua Pride of the Atlantic League in 1999. ADRIAN BROWN was on the way up. A steady singles hitter, he would appear in Pirates uniform from 1997 through 2002, improving every season until hobbled by injuries. He finished up with single seasons in Boston, Kansas City and Texas. GARY WILSON, who had pitched briefly for the Pirates in 1995, was still trying to earn a return ticket. He never did. After a decade in the Pirate farm system, he was traded to the Twins in 1998, and finished his baseball career with their St Lake City team that same year. Southpaw SEAN LAWRENCE, a Pirates 6th round draft pick in 1992, made it to the parent club for the first and only time in 1998, appearing in 7 games and winning two of them. He then toured the PCL through 2001, visiting Vancouver, Portland and Tucson. TIM EDGE was in the last of his 9 minor league seasons in 1998. A catcher with good defensive tools, he never earned a trip to "the show." Fine condition.
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