Drafted in the fifth spherical of the 2004 MLB Draft, infielder Sean Kazmar Jr. made his final MLB look on September 23, 2008 for the San Diego Padres. He conducted in 19 video games that yr and by no design made it relieve to the mas till nowadays.
Referred to as up by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, Kazmar Jr. entered the Braves’ game against the Chicago Cubs in the 5th inning as a pinch hitter, grounding out valid into a double play.
With his look, the 12-yr, 206-day gap between his Most important League appearances is since Minnie Miñoso in 1976, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan and the Elias Sports actions Bureau.
What separates Kazmar Jr. from Miñoso is that Kazmar Jr. has been playing yearly since the final time he seen MLB movement. The 36-yr-used infielder has been in the farm systems of the Padres, Seattle Mariners, Current York Mets and Braves since 2009.
Braves manager Brian Snitker, who became Kazmar Jr.’s manager for Atlanta’s Class AAA Gwinnett Braves from 2014-2016, mentioned calling up the infielder became one in all the splendid moments in his managerial occupation.
“I believed about here’s whenever I purchased this job, I mentioned one in all the splendid things that will perchance also happen to me became hold Kaz up here,” Snitker informed reporters sooner than Saturday’s game. “It’s a e-book or a movie waiting to happen.”
Snitker when compared the “MVP of spring training for the third yr in a row” to Freddie Freeman and Prick Markakis via stability, consistency and professionalism.
“This guy’s a baseball rat. I indicate, it be right yearly when I had even AAA, there’d be about two or three days in July I could perchance also must sit him down because I became carrying him out. It became a form of, ‘Kaz you didn’t ticket in here to play all this,’ but he ends up being one in all the most legitimate, consistent, better gamers on your crew yearly.
Kazmar Jr. handiest seen MLB movement in 2008 with the Padres. In 19 video games, he hit .205 (8-for-39) with two RBIs, 5 walks and 14 strikeouts.
In 16 minor league seasons, he .259 with a .313 OBP, 98 house runs and 682 RBIs. Within the past seven seasons with Gwinnett, he hit .268 with a .311 on-sinister percentage, 37 house runs and 270 RBIs in 667 video games. In 2019, he pitched in 3 video games, went 1-0 with one strikeout and retired all nine batters faced.
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This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Braves’ Sean Kazmar Jr. plays in first MLB game since 2008