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July 18, 2005

They Stamp Them When They're Small

I automatically think of that line from the penquin skit when I hear the name Aaron Small.

They stamp them when they're small.

Classic.

More on Wednesday's starter from Newsday:

Since his last start in the major leagues, back in 1996 with the Oakland Athletics, Aaron Small has been employed by the Louisville Bats, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Richmond Braves, the Salt Lake Stingers, the Carolina Mudcats and the Albuquerque Isotopes.

On Wednesday night in Arlington, Small will add the New York Yankees to his resume. He'll become the 12th starting pitcher the Yankees have used this season, more than any other team in baseball and a lot more than Brian Cashman or Joe Torre could ever have anticipated when the season began.

"He's not overpowering," Torre said. "But if you look at [Boston's Matt] Clement, he's not overpowering, either."

Yeah, but, Clement has never gone down Small's road either. Look at his timeline:

June 5, 1989: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays.
April 26, 1995: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Florida Marlins.
January 23, 1996: Selected off waivers by the Seattle Mariners from the Florida Marlins.
January 29, 1996: Selected off waivers by the Oakland Athletics from the Seattle Mariners.
June 26, 1998: Selected off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Oakland Athletics.
March 30, 1999: Released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
April 12, 1999: Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
May 23, 1999: Released by the Milwaukee Brewers.
May 27, 1999: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
November 23, 1999: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.
December 21, 2000: Signed as a Free Agent with the Anaheim Angels.
May 10, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.
January 13, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.
April 30, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins.
January 28, 2005: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

Wow.

Talk about.....

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel - I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere

This dude should write a book.


Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 18, 2005 01:39 PM

Comments

Aaron Small has been signed by so many teams - a lot of people saw potential in him. The fact that he didn't stick to those teams maybe points to the possibility that they just couldn't invest time in his development(not necessarily a testament to his potential).

Posted by: Johnny Sain at July 19, 2005 05:44 AM

Yep, RHP are a dime a dozen.

At this stage of his career, he is what he is. His pitching resume kinda reminds me of Mike Morgan.

Posted by: Raf at July 19, 2005 09:57 AM