Tuesday, October 20, 2009
#725) BRIAN BANNISTER
Brian Bannister joined the New York Mets when he was selected in the seventh round of the free agent draft on June 3, 2003. He is the son of former big league pitcher Floyd Bannister. Brian made his major league debut at Shea Stadium as the Mets starting pitcher when they faced the Washington Nationals on April 5, 2006. Bannister proved to be a fine pitcher, but injured his hamstring while running the bases and headed to the disabled list. He would return to New York in September to pitch from the bullpen. On December 6, 2006 the Mets traded Bannister to the Kansas City Royals for Ambiorix Burgos.
His passion away from the diamond is photography. Brian even owns his own professional photography studio called Loft 19 in Phoenix, AZ.
Brian Bannister beautifully signed his card in the set for my friend Sam when the Kansas City Royals played the Baltimore Orioles on July 30, 2009.