Jason Satre believed a change in organizations might do him some good, according to The Baltimore Sun.
That change came with a trade to the Orioles for the 1993 season and an assignment to AA Bowie.
"I'm getting a fresh start," Satre told The Sun that April.
That fresh start saw Satre play at Bowie, and later in the year, at AAA Rochester. But that fresh start couldn't get him to the ultimate goal, the majors. His career spanned nine seasons, including time in independent ball, but he never got to the bigs.
Satre's career began in 1988, taken by the Reds in the 27th round of the draft, out of Abilene Cooper High in Texas. At Abilene High, Satre helped his team to two-straight state championships.
With the Reds, Satre started in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 0-3 in 10 starts, but had a 2.49 ERA. He moved to single-A Greensboro in 1989, going 7-13, with a 5.27 ERA. In a May game with Greensboro, Satre went six innings, giving up one run.
He stayed in single-A at Charleston, WV, for 1990, doing not much better. He went 6-12 with a 4.73 ERA. For 1991, he went to single-A Cedar Rapids, going 8-6, with a 2.58 ERA.
That year at Cedar Rapids also saw Satre get his first look at AA, at Chattanooga. In eight starts there, though, he went 1-7, with a 5.11 ERA. One of those losses came in late August, in a 5-4 game. His year in 1992 was more of the same.
Starting with the Orioles system in 1993, Satre early on helped Bowie to a win against Binghamton. He went six innings, giving up only one hit, The Baltimore Sun wrote.
"I was placing my slider a little bit," Satre told The Sun after that win. "Hitting the spots makes it a lot easier."
By late August, Satre was throwing a three-hitter against New Britain. In between, Satre got 15 starts at AAA Rochester, going 4-5, with a 5.85 ERA.
He spent all of 1994 at Rochester. Going into 1995, though, Satre was with the Red Sox. Asked to play in replacement games that spring, though, Satre refused.
Satre rounded out his affiliated career at AAA with the Red Sox. He didn't stop playing though, until 1996, playing the rest of 1995 and then all of 1996 in the independent Texas-Louisiana League.
More recently, Satre got a fresh start as a police officer in Monroe, La., his hometown Abilene Reporter News wrote in 2007. The paper then was revisiting the back-to-back state champions from 1987 and 1988.
"They were two seasons that were just outrageous," Satre told The Reporter News at a team reunion in 2007. "We won back-to-back state championships and we hardly ever lost, so it was a lot of fun."
- Baltimore Sun, April 15, 1993: Satre lifts Baysox over Mets, 6-4
- Baltimore Sun, April 25, 1993: Voigt compiling, but not comparing, numbers
- Abilene Reporter News, July 29, 2007: Cooper baseball's legendary legacy
Made the Majors: 750 - 49.6%
Never Made Majors: 763-50.4%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 326
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 193