The 2010 Major League baseball season started with enough MOTs to make a minyan (10 players).
With the May 12 call up of Canadian MOT Adam Stern from Triple-A Nashville — as reported in the Jews In Baseball blog, and other sources — the roster of JMLs now numbers an even dozen, if only for a while.
After a long lay-off — Stern last played in the majors in 2007 — the Brewers called up Stern to replace Carlos Gomez, who landed on the 15-day DL. Stern, who isn't expected to do more than serve as Gomez's temporary replacement, may last a bit longer, however.
As reported by Ron Kaplan, MOT superstar Ryan Braun got beaned, and has limited mobility of his elbow. Stern may stick around for a while longer if Braun goes down for anything beyond Gomez's time on the injury list.
Prior to his recent promotion, Stern played 46 games in the majors during parts of three seasons with the Red Sox and Orioles. He also starred on the Canadian Olympic baseball team in 2008 and the 2006 Canadian World Baseball Classic squad. As such, he's got a fair number of baseball cards for anyone seeking to add to their collection.
Stern was included in the 2007 Jewish Major Leaguers issue, on both a single player (#16) and a multi-player card (#58 featuring the four Jewish Red Sox in 2006 — Stern, Kevin Youkilis, Gabe Kapler and Craig Breslow). The 2008 (#14) and 2010 (#23) editions of JML show Stern in his Orioles uniform.
- 2001 Upper Deck Prospect Premiere (#18)
- 2003 Topps Traded (#T232) and Bowman (#312)
- 2006 Fleer World Baseball Classic (#7) and SPx WBC All-World Team (#3).
As a longtime minor league player, Stern also has MiLB cards with the PawSox (2006), Norfolk Tides (2007) and Huntsville Stars (2009).
Stern has been a gracious through-the-mail signer at all of his stops; I've mailed cards several times and received quick responses — most personalized and inscribed — each time.
It was my experience when the PawSox came through Columbus several years ago that Stern was a willing signer, but was tough before games as he took warm-ups seriously.
Any one else have TTM or in-person experiences with Stern? Other than baseball cards, does anyone have any unique Stern collectibles in their collection?