Bobby Scales- found himself inserted into the lineup because of injury woes to the Cubs infield and has produced admirably. He’s a 31 year old rookie this season playing 2nd and 3rd for Chicago. ’09 #’s: through 18 games he’s batting .239 with a .808 OPS with 10 runs scored.
Chris Coste- has penned a book about his endeavors of finally making it to the Big Show as a “33 Year Old Rookie”. He’s currently 36 years old, working in his 4th season as the Philadelphia Phillies backup catcher. Career #’s: .285/.791, 74 r, 41 dbl, 23 hr, 97 rbi, and 1 World Series ring.
Brendan Donnelly- was a “scab” back in the strike of 1994, but never made it to the majors officially until 2002 at the ripe age of 30. He’s since gone on to win a World Series with the Angels in 2002 and pitch for others clubs such as the Red Sox, Indians, and is currently trying to work his way back to the majors in the Astros farm system. Career #’s: 26-9, 319 gm, 329.1 ip, 318 k, 3.12 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a all-star in ’03.
Jim Morris- Disney showcased his rise to fame in their feel good movie “The Rookie”. The Devil Rays were a lousy club in those days, desperate for any positive national exposure, so Jim had fast-tracked through the minors after signing at the age of 35. Career #’s: 21 games, 15 ip, 13 k, 4.80 ERA.
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Billy Taylor- the most prolific member of this bunch ended up achieving closer status over a 4 year period with the Athletics. Aside from pitching for Oakland, he also took the mound for the Mets, Devil Rays, and Pirates. Career #’s: 16-28, 317 gm, 324.2 ip, 100 sv, 307 k, 4.21 ERA, 1.38 WHIP.
Chris Jakubauskas- I have no friggin idea how the hell to pronounce his name, so I refer to this Seattle Mariner rookie as Chewbacca. ’09 #’s: 3-5, 44.2 ip, 6.45 ERA, 1.46 WHIP.
*Players who were from Japan or Cuba were not included on this list.
Smashing Pumpkins- 1979