Saturday, February 28, 2009

TTM Success, Heath Justin Bell

For all those of you who have kids that watch Nickelodeon, tell them that Heath Bell is the cousin of Drake Bell from Josh & Drake.

Heath Bell was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 69th round of the 1997 draft but did not sign. He was signed in 1998 by the Mets as an amateur free agent. After 6 years in the minors he made his major league debut on August 24, 2004 against the Padres. He pitched for three years for the Mets, bouncing back and forth between the Mets and AAA being a injury fill in for the Mets. On November 15, 2006 he was traded to the Padres with Royce Ring for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson. During '07 and '08 he pitched in 171.7 innings going 12-10 and often acting as the set up man for Trevor Hoffman. Hells' Bells may not be playing at Petco Park anymore, but the Bell will toil in the 9th inning this year.

I got this back in the mail yesterday from Arizona. It only took 10 days to get there and come back. Heath signed with the green Sharpie that I sent him, it really pops on this card, he also signed a '08 Heritage Short print that I sent him. That is a 50% return rate after 10 days, that leaves Glenn Hoffman, Chip Ambres and Baek to go.


ElectricFriar said...

Wow another great success!! I just sent out a few cards myself this past weekend. Hopefully, I'll get some good successes.

Nice to see Bell getting a shot at the World Baseball Classic, btw.

unclemoe said...

cool stuff!