Steve Lombardozzi signs with an independent league team

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This is not exactly a big news item, but I’ve always been fascinated by players who are still of major league playing age who latch on with an indie league club.

This time it’s Steve Lombardozzi, who has signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League. Lombardozzi is only 27, but he was released from the White Sox at the end of spring training and failed to find another job. He’s from Maryland, so this is close to home for him.

Lombardozzi has played five years in the bigs, three with Washington, one with Baltimore and one with Pittsburgh, and has a career line of .263/.294/.336 while playing second, third, short and the outfield.

Not many guys make it down to the indie leagues and then back again, but some do. Good luck to Lombardozzi as he continues his baseball odyssey.