When I saw that Tampa Bay had designated Jason Childers for assignment I couldn't help but reflect back to our search earlier this spring to learn about the righthander's time in the Frontier League. That's what we do when a former Independent Baseball product gets to the majors.
The Frontier said he was with the Richmond (IN) Roosters in 1996, but he didn't show up in The History of Independent Baseball Leagues which tracks every player in a non-affiliated league between 1993 and 2002. It did show a Jason Childress pitching in one game in 1997. So we went to the source.
The Devil Rays' public relations department went to Childers. He confirmed he was at Richmond for all of one day in 1997, and he pitched in the game that day. Mystery solved.
The 31-year-old got into five games with Tampa Bay (0-1, 4.70) in his first major league opportunity. Childers should be back with the Devil Rays or some major league team before long because 46 Triple-A saves the last three years prove this Kennesaw State product has the ability to get key outs.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
BIG LEAGUE STAY LONGER THAN IN FRONTIER LEAGUE
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.