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Chronique: Delabar obtient une opportunité au Texas

14 janvier 2018

Texte écrit par Bob Wirz (via www.canamleague.com)

At the age of 35 by mid-season and with only eight major league innings the last two seasons, Steve Delabar may not seem to be a formidable bullpen addition for Texas.

But the big Kentuckian (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), one of the most successful of the Can-Am League's finds, has a resume that includes 190 major league appearances including selection to the American League All-Star team in 2013  so the Rangers have signed Delabar to a minor league contract and will give him an opportunity in their major league spring training camp.

Delabar is trying to put his struggles of the past two seasons when he went to Japan briefly and sat out 80 games for a violation of minor league baseball's drug policy in the rear view mirror.  He already has proven his ability to shake off problems, including a release after four seasons in the San Diego farm system when he did not advance beyond Class A and a career-threatening elbow injury  during his second season in the Can-Am League in 2009 (Brockton, MA).

The right-hander's six major league seasons with Seattle, Toronto and Cincinnati have produced a 15-9 record with two saves, 242 strikeouts in 195 innings and a 4.06 earned run average.  He trained with Cleveland last spring prior to the suspension.

The Can-Am League will have at least four players, all pitchers, in major league training camps.

Aigles Lefty Bollinger Now a Yankee

The only times 6-foot-6 Ryan Bollinger has played for major league organizations were a seven-game stint as a first baseman for Philadelphia's rookie Gulf Coast League team when he was an 18-year-old nearly a decade ago (2009) and the next three years when he had converted to pitching in the Frontier League and in the lower ranks of the Chicago White Sox farm system.

Now nearly 27 (February 4), Bollinger has another four years of experience on the mound, including 2014-16 at Trois-Rivieres and this winter in Australia.  The left-hander has a new opportunity in the New York Yankees minor league chain, starting out on the roster of Double-A Trenton.  The Californian will be trying to duplicate the form this spring of his '15 season with the Aigles when he won 11 of 18 decisions.

About Bob Wirz

Previously the chief spokesman for Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth, Bob Wirz has been writing extensively about Independent Baseball since 2003.  He is a frequent contributor to this site, has a blog, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, and a book about his life, "The Passion of Baseball", is available at traditional book-buying sites, or at  www.WirzandAssociates.com.