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Jason Bridges just wanted to play, did so over 3 pro seasons

Jason Bridges 1990 Prince William Cannons card

Several teams contacted Henderson High School and University of Alabama product Jason Bridges ahead of the 1988 draft, but the team that ultimately took him - the Yankees - didn't, his hometown Longview News-Journal wrote.

Even so, Bridges still quickly signed, The News-Journal wrote.

"Hey, I don't care," Bridges told The News-Journal then. "I was tired of waiting. It was kind of a surprise when they told me who it was, but all I want to do is play baseball."

Bridges soon hit the field with the Yankees. He went on to play over  three seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Bridges' career began that year in 1988, taken by the Yankees in the 25th round of the draft out of Alabama.

Bridges started with the Yankees at short-season Oneonta. He hit .225 in 68 games, including three home runs.

In an early July contest, Bridges helped in an 11-1 rout, including going 5 for 5, until getting stopped by an outfielder called in to pitch, The Elmira Star-Gazette wrote.

"That outfielder pitched as well as their regular pitchers," Bridges told The Star-Gazette afterward.

Bridges played 1989 largely at single-A Prince William and a game at single-A Fort Lauderdale. He hit .207 in 72 total games. 

He then returned to Prince William at high-A for 1990. He hit .210 in 58 games to end his career.

Jason Bridges 1990 Prince William Cannons card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,089
Made the Majors:1,356-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,733-66.8%
5+ Seasons in the Majors:552
10+ Seasons in the Minors:334

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