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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Tim Edge knew he had to wait his turn; Played at AAA over five seasons, his majors turn never came

Tim Edge arrived at AAA Buffalo in July 1994 and he knew factors beyond his control would determine his playing time, he told The Buffalo News.

He knew other catchers, when healthy, would get priority, he told The News.

"I don't know how long I'll be here," Edge told The News. "With a guy like Jerry Goff, who's been in the big leagues, he's going to play. And there's (Keith) Osik, too. I just got to wait my turn."

Edge's stay in Buffalo that year yielded six appearances. He returned to AAA over three of the next four seasons. In a career that spanned nine seasons, he never got to take the final step to the majors.

Edge's career began in 1990, taken by the Pirates in the sixth round of the draft out of Auburn University.

Edge started with the Pirates at short-season Welland. He hit .215 in 63 games, with one home run.

He moved to high-A Salem for 1991 and 1992. He also saw four games at AA Carolina in 1992. He hit .178 overall in 1992, over 72 games.

Edge saw another 47 games in 1993, including a game at AAA Buffalo. He saw his eight games at Buffalo in 1994, and went 4 for 18.

He played 1995 entirely at AA Carolina. He hit .214 in 45 games there. He returned to AAA for 12 games in 1996 and then for all of 1997 and 1998. He saw 62 games at AAA Calgary in 1997 and 49 at AAA Nashville in 1998 to end his career.

Edge hit a solo home run for Nashville near the end of the 1998 season and near the end of his career. Nashville got the win in that game, but not starter Jason Phillips, whom Edge praised afterward to The Nashville Tennessean.

"Every start Jason's had here has been a quality start," Edge told The Tennessean. "He's been exceptional since he's been here. It would have been nice to get him this win."
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,306
Made the Majors:1,186-35.9%
Never Made Majors:2,120-64.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 491
10+ Seasons in the Minors:286

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