It was Cardullo’s sixth plate appearance for the Rockies (he had an earlier walk), and the Coors Field crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Accolades for Cardullo on his first regular-season major league opportunity have poured in since last Thursday from the likes of coach Mike Martin, Jr. at Florida State, where the Hollywood, FL native went from walk-on status to an offensive power, and both general manager Shawn Reilly and field manager Jamie Keefe of the Boulders had great praise. The right-handed hitter had spent four full seasons in Independent leagues before the Rockies signed him during the offseason, three in the Can-Am League and one in the Frontier (Florence, KY and London). This is what Cardullo had to say to The Denver Post about the opportunity:
“Anyone playing Independent ball always has that slight chance to get a call to make a team and eventually make the major leagues. You have to have that belief deep down that you can make it even given the opportunity, and I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity.”
OTHERS GET TO MAJORS, AS WELL
The expansion of rosters on September 1 likely will mean more former Indy players will join major league teams, but it has already been a banner few days. Catcher Rafael Lopez, who played in the Atlantic League (Bridgeport, CT) earlier this season, was summoned to join Cincinnati on Saturday, becoming the 40th player with non-affiliated experience to reach The Show this season.
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