Thirteen-year minor league veteran gets his first big league hit

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source: AP

We see a story much like this every September, but they never stop making us smile.

Guilder Rodriguez got the start for the Rangers in their game against the Astros last night. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI. No biggie, right? Well, it was for him, as those two hits were his first-ever big league hits. And given that Rodriguez spent 13 years and 1095 games in the minor leagues before getting them. He was called up when rosters expanded. He had played in five games before last night, all but one of which were pinch hitting appearances.

Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas has his story. It’s pretty heartwarming. No matter what happens to him for the rest of his life, he can say he was a major leaguer.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.