One of America’s newest professional baseball players is also one of its biggest autograph hounds.
Tim Lynch, the ninth-round pick of the New York Yankees in last week’s MLB Draft, spent his childhood and teenage years hanging around Roger Dean Stadium, securing autographs from big league players during spring training and minor league players later in the summer when the Florida State League got underway.
When he wasn’t chasing signatures from young Miguel Cabrera and youthful Lorenzo Cain, Lynch was becoming a pretty good athlete himself. Baseball, it seems, was pretty much all-consuming. He wound up at Southern Mississippi, playing first base and showing enough ability that the Yanks opted to make him the 278th player picked. He reported for duty on Wednesday at the team’s minor league complex, not far from where he and his friends would hang out as autograph seekers.
Lynch’s collection of autographs from major and minor leaguers totals 20,000. He has dozens of autographs of Cabrera on baseball cards and other items.
Sitting in the stands during those nights was Joshua Kusnick, a young agent who also had a pretty serious collection of autographs, including many of the game’s all-time greats.
Now, guess who’s representing Lynch?
Ken Rosenthal spent time with Lynch, Kusnick, Cain and others. It’s a must read on Fox Sports’ website.