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After 11 seasons in minors, Cody Clark to make major league debut

Aug 23, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

Cody Clark (picture taken by Steve Sparks)

31-year-old catcher Cody Clark was called up by the Astros on Friday and will make his major league debut 10 years after originally being drafted by the Rangers.

Clark is the replacement on the roster for Max Stassi, who suffered a concussion after he was hit in the face by a pitch on Wednesday.

Clark was originally a 48th-round pick by the Blue Jays out of high school. He opted to go to Wichita State rather than sign, and he was taken in the 11th round by Texas in 2003. The Rangers, though, weren’t impressed by his offense and released him in 2005. He spent the rest of that year playing Indy ball, joined the Braves’ low-A club in 2006 and then logged six years in the Royals system before joining the Astros on a minor league deal last winter.

Obviously, it took a few breaks to get him his chance now. Never much of a hitter, he’s really fallen off these last couple of years; he hit just .180/.246/.268 for Triple-A Omaha last year and he was at .217/.258/.273 in 158 Triple-A at-bats this season. There’s not really any chance of him playing any long-term role with the Astros, and it’s quite possible he won’t even last for the rest of the year. But after 11 seasons, he can finally say he’s made it. There probably won’t be anyone happier to be in a major league dugout tonight.

  1. georgewashingtonsghost - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Great story. He made it to the show and no one can ever take that away from him. Congrats!

  2. edelmanfanclub - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    With so much talent in that league, lost amongst the 500 homerun hitters and 300 win pitchers are the less talented professionals. Sure they may not everyday players, but the feeling these guys get when they finally make it to the show must be great, never giving up and spending years in the minors was probably worth it even if they are only called up for a short stint. Congrats. I love stories like this and other players like him (jim henderson, erik kratz come to mind.)

  3. johnnysoda - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Well, it is the Astros, so not much of a jump.

  4. wisbadgfan - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    It is nice to read an inspiring story.
    Cody Clark has had a long grinding road to the bigs. His tenacity and dedication has paid off with a call up to the Astros.
    Heres hoping that you do well on your call up—-you deserve to enjoy your opportunity and all the good luck in the world to you.

  5. djjeffhall - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    A real life Crash Davis. Let’s hope he gets his 21 days.

  6. scoobies05 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    great story. congrats. and if the batboy says get a hit, tell him to shit up

  7. kindasporty - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Yeah, I’ve been in the majors. Yeah, I was in the Show. I was in the Show for 21 days once. Twenty-one greatest days of my life. You know, you never handle your luggage in the Show. Somebody else carries your bags. It’s great. You hit white balls for batting practice. Ballparks are like cathedrals. The hotels all have room service. The women all have long legs and brains.

  8. bigharold - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    “..after 11 seasons, he can finally say he’s made it. ..”

    Good for Cody Clark!!

  9. sluggo101783 - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Best part?

    Mike Leake famously skipped the minors entirely and went straight to the big leagues. Thus, when he made his debut on an MLB roster, at age 22, he was guaranteed free health care for life.

    No minor leaguer gets that. Cody Clark had to hope not to get sick or hurt in the off-season because minor leaguers only get health care while they’re playing. Or he could get a temporary job, with health benefits a little north of nothing but not enough to cover for a disaster. Leake never had to worry; Clark had to have spent the last decade worrying, just like guys like Irving Falu, Max St. Pierre, and John Lindsey. I can imagine how proud Clark was last year when his Omaha teammate Falu finally got the call, but I can also imagine Clark wondering if he’d ever get a shot.

    So the best part is, at long last, Clark has officially spent time on a major league roster and now gets free health care until the day he dies. Good for him.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    WOW!! Another bluejay bust?? Yea that never happens right? LOL

  11. romoscollarbone - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Never stop working. Congrats.

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