Recent Royals: 2002 SP Authentic Juan Brito

I have very few card collections given my limited resources and space, but I did decide some time ago to begin collecting on-card Royals autographs. It’s been a blast so far trying to track these things down and this is the latest addition to my collection. To view the cards currently in the collection, take a look at the Gallery. If you have any on-card Royals autos- especially one you don’t see in that gallery there- chances are I need them so don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

How hard is it to get guys like these to sign on-card these days?

First of all, I love this dude’s signature. Second of all, vertical autographs on vertical cards is weird and I don’t like it. What this really needs is a big fat sticker somewhere over the abdomen area.

I keed, I keed. Juan Brito has an interesting story. An amateur international free agent from the Domican Republic, he signed with the Royals in 1996 as a 19 year old. He spent 5 years in the minors before breaking with the big league club for a cup of coffee in 2002 and hit pretty well (albeit with little power) in 9 games there as a backup catcher. Released by the Royals in 2003, he signed on with the Diamondbacks on a few year-to-year contracts, racking up some more MLB service time with them in 2004, faring much worse in 54 games that year. The DBacks signed him for another year which he spent in AAA Tucson putting up career numbers as a backup. Then they released him again and he was picked up with the Nationals where he put up less than career numbers as a backup again, prompting a final release from pro ball in 2007. But hey, dude got the chance to hit 3 homers in major league parks and that seems pretty cool to me. I’d love to hear what Juan Brito is up to these days. Even the most mundane story of someone’s trip to the bigs seems exciting to me!

On a side note, can one of our stathead readers help walk me through Baseball Reference’s fielding stats. I basically only understand the 3 or 4 “pedestrian” stats. WTF is Rtot and RF/G?

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