Casey Fossum is the second out of the chute in my presentation of autographed 2004 Upper Deck 25th Anniversary USA baseball cards, having earned that honor based on the fact that he will be celebrating his 33rd birthday this Thursday.
2004 Upper Deck USA Casey Fossum no. 59
After breaking into the majors in 2001, Casey spent time with the Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Devil Rays, Tigers and Mets. Interestingly, the left-handed signing Fossum racked up his personal season high win total (eight games) in 2005, the same season that he led the American League in hit batters, tying Jeff Weaver, the National League leader, with 18 plunkers each. I’m not sure if Fossum was pitching inside more in 2005, or if players were simply larger than he had been used to. The all-time single season high mark of 40 hit batsmen was set by Joe McGinnity in 1900 when he won 28 games for the Brooklyn Superbas.
There is a bizarro Facebook page set up for Fossum that may very well be sponsored by the Onion. I have no idea where Fossum will show up next, but understand that after having a decent season in Japan in 2010, his contract was not renewed by the Hanshin Tigers. If I had to guess, I would look for him at a Triple-A ballpark near you this summer. Possibly he will update his blog at some point.