Matt Moore was arguably the best pitcher in minor league baseball this season. Moore went a combined 12-3 with a 1.92ERA and 210 strikeouts in 155 innings between the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits and Triple-A Durham Bulls. He stuck out 11 in his first major league start against the New York Yankees. Yesterday he gave up two hits in seven innings against the Texas Rangers picking up the win in Game 1 of the ALDS. Moore’s burst onto the national scene is represented in his baseball cards. Check out the price progression of Moore’s key rookie card, the 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autograph and it’s closing price.
September 18th – One day after Moore’s 2nd bullpen appearance with the Rays:
2010 DONRUSS ELITE EXTRA MATT MOORE TAMPA BAY RAYS RC AUTOGRAPH SN 819
September 23rd – One day after Moore struck out 11 against the Yankees:
MATT MOORE 2010 Elite Extra AUTOGRAPH RC Tampa Bay Rays /819 Rookie Auto
September 29th – Following his ALDS Game 1 win:
MATT MOORE 2010 Donruss Elite AUTO #310/819 Autograph Tampa Bay Rays RC
And here is a list of the Matt Moore cards that are currently up for bids on Ebay
It has been 10 years to the day since the real life Crash Davis passed away in 2001 at the age of 82. Davis has his character played by Kevin Costner in the movie Bull Durham which is still one of if not the best baseball movie ever made. This great piece by Jeremy Markovich of WCNC in Charlotte, a must follow on twitter @deftlyinane looks at the life of Crash Davis, his trek through the minor leagues, and the fame he found when Bull Durham hit the big screen. It’s an awesome read.
Remembering the real Crash Davis, 10 years after his death
It sounds like a broken record, but the Tampa Bay Rays once again have the best pitching prospect in the game. Matt Moore was on top of his game once again Wednesday night for Triple-A Durham. The 6’2 lefty, in only his second Triple-A start went 8 innings, allowed no runs, three hits, walked two, and struck out 13 Gwinnett Braves hitters to pick up his first Triple-A victory. Moore now has 151 strikeouts in 115.1 innings of work. He’s allowed six hits in 13 innings in his two Triple-A starts and has struck out 20 batters over that span. Prior to the promotion, Moore was 8-3 with a 2.20ERA for Double-A Montgomery.