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Stairs is a swing away from record book

Normally don’t follow sports news but I like this guy.
Not likely to be star player soon but he is made of the stuff that kept baseball a great American pastime in the generations before zillion dollar contracts and strikes.

Stairs is a swing away from record book

By Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports
Mar 12, 6:59 pm EST

PEORIA, Ariz. – Matt Stairs(notes) is fairly certain this will be his last season playing professional baseball. Check that.
He’s only sort of sure. And truth be told, he can totally see himself playing next year and furthering the record he’s about to set.

“Every year around this time I say this is it, I’m done,” he said. “Then I come back. I thought Toronto was the last place I was going to be playing. That was two teams ago.”

The 42-year-old Stairs slipped into workout gear affixed with the San Diego Padres’ insignia. Baseball’s greatest nomad has worn more logos than Pepsi. If Stairs makes the Padres’ opening day roster, it will mark his 12th major league team, the most for a position player and testament to his unparalleled staying power.

His journey took him from Montreal to Boston to Oakland to Chicago to Milwaukee to Pittsburgh to Kansas City to Texas to Detroit to Toronto to Philadelphia, with stopovers in 11 more minor league cities and a stint in Japan, and now to San Diego, where he wants to scratch out another season as a pinch hitter. Pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone(notes), owners of always-in-demand rubber arms, played
for 12 teams apiece. A position player has never done that, unless you count catcher Deacon McGuire, who was with 11 teams and wore 12 uniforms. His 1891 Washington Statesmen became the Washington Senators the next year, and if McGuire was as pious as his nickname suggests, surely he’d cede the record to Stairs alone.

He earned it. Stairs plays the sort of entertaining baseball seen more often in beer-league softball than billion-dollar baseball. His left-handed swing better resembles an Earnie Shavers uppercut than a honed baseball skill. Stairs’ aggressiveness and single-mindedness – he is the rare baseball player who admits he tries to hit home runs in every at-bat – fit perfectly with his body type: short (5-foot-8) and stout (220 pounds), with a protruding belly that made him look like a pocket-sized Babe Ruth…………cont;_yl...e=lgns&print=1

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