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Scott Makarewicz thought big things at AA, saw 10 seasons

Scott Makarewicz 1990 Osceola Astros card

Scott Makarewicz stepped to the plate in this July 1992 game for AA Jackson with the go-ahead run on third and one out in the ninth. His thoughts, he told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Big things.

"I went up there saying, 'Hey, this is it. This is what gets you to the big leagues," Makarewicz told The Clarion-Ledger.

Makarewicz ended up getting a single to bring in the run. In a career that spanned a decade in the pros, though, he never did make the majors. He topped out at AAA.

Makarewicz' career began in 1989, taken by the Astros in the sixth round of the draft out of Michigan State University.

Makarewicz started with the Astros at short-season Auburn. He hit .241 over 61 games. He then moved to high-A Osceola and AA Columbus for 1990. He hit .277 in 93 games at Osceola. He also made the Florida State League All-Star team.

"We want to go out there and make a contribution," Makarewicz told The Orlando Sentinel after his selection. "This is a game that brings all of the league's best and we're glad to be a part of it. We'll be out there to have fun, but we also will play to win."

He then played 1991 at AA Jackson, then 1992 and 1993 there. He made AAA Tucson for 1994 and saw 63 games, hitting .287.

Makarewicz returned to Tucson for 1995, then moved to the Tigers system and AA Jacksonville in 1996 and AAA Toledo in 1997. Makarewicz played his final season in 198, between the Marlins and Astros systems.

By 2016, Makarewicz had settled in Florida heading the Florida Collegiate Summer League's Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, coaching his son, The Sentinel wrote.

"It's the American pasttime," Malarewicz told The Sentinel then. "Sports is big in my family, and I know that sports keeps families together. It's a good connection, hard work, goal-setting. I just helps you grow in life."

Scott Makarewicz 1990 Osceola Astros card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,312
Made the Majors:1,395-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,917-67.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:568
10+ Seasons in the Minors:350-X

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