"I was unbelievably excited," Aldrich told The Daily Sun. "That's all I could wish for. I just wanted a chance to play."
Aldrich got his chance to play, and he made it up to AA in his second season as a pro. His overall chance, though, didn't last. He ended up playing just three seasons as a pro.
Aldrich's career began that year in 1988, taken by the Tigers in the eighth round of the draft, out of Bowdoin College in Maine.
With Bowdoin, Aldrich played both baseball and hockey. In baseball, he was a home run hitter, owning the school's top three spots for home runs in a season, according to his school Hall of Honor profile. At the time of his graduation, he also owned the top four season spots for RBIs.
In April 1986, Aldrich hit three home runs in one game for Bowdoin. In April 1987, he hit two in one contest. In March 1987, Aldrich's coach Harvey Shapiro had nothing but good things to say to The Lewiston Journal about Aldrich.
"Tom Aldrich is a tremendous player," Shapiro told The Journal. "He helps the whole team when he's in the lineup, both at the plate and in the field."
With the Tigers in 1988, Aldrich started at rookie Bristol. Over 63 games, Aldrich hit .338, with 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Aldrich moved directly to AA London for 1989. His average, though, dropped to .228 over 113 contests. He hit a total of nine home runs, his seventh by early July, helping London to a win over Reading.
Aldrich returned to London for 1990, but for just nine games. He got 3 hits in 22 at bats, spending the remainder of the season at high-A Lakeland, ending his career.
- Lewiston Journal, March 13, 1987: Bowdoin pastimers heading for Florida
- Lewiston Daily Sun, July 20, 1988: Aldrich made jumps smoothly
- Bowdoin.edu: Thomas W. Aldrich '88
Made the Majors: 716 - 54.2%
Never Made Majors: 604-45.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 310
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 182