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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Chris Haney returned to the majors over 11 seasons, also played in Japan

Called up to the Expos in July 1991, Chris Haney was sent back down about as fast. In between, though, the starter took a shutout against the Padres into the seventh inning and picked up his first major league win, The Canadian Press wrote.

"I understand it," Haney told The Press after the game of his minors return. "It's part of baseball. "I'll be back one of these days maybe I'll be able to stay for two days. No, seriously, hopefully the next time it will be for good."

Haney soon did return to the majors and he returned often. He saw major league time over ten-consecutive seasons and 11 in all. He didn't throw his final major league pitch until 2002.

Haney's career began in 1990, taken by the Expos in the second round of the draft, out of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His father, Larry Haney, also had a long major league career.

Haney started with the Expos at short-season Jamestown. He soon moved up to single-A Rockford and AA Jacksonville. He got one start at Jacksonville and threw six scoreless.

Haney then moved all the way up to Montreal in June 1991, He drew 16 starts in all for the Expos that year. He went 3-7, with a 4.04 ERA.

He returned to Montreal for 1992 and saw nine outings before being traded to the Royals in August. That September, he threw a two-hit shutout.

"I'll remember this for a long time," Haney told The Associated Press afterward. "You don't forget games like this."

Haney then stayed with the Royals into 1998. Along the way, he went 9-9, with a 6.02 ERA in 1993 and 10-14, with a 4.70 ERA in 1996.

Haney moved to the Cubs in late 1998, then to the Indians for 1999 and 2000. He played 2001 in Japan with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. His final major league time came in 2002 with the Red Sox, 24 relief appearances.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,254
Made the Majors:1,174-36.1%-X
Never Made Majors:2,080-63.9%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 485-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors:286

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