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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chris Cron, Vancouver Canadians - 498

Be sure and check out the revisited Chris Cron feature from February 2011:
Chris Cron, Eating and Sleeping

Chris Cron and his Fungo bat made it to the majors in 1991, the year after this card came out. Aug. 15, 1991, he pinch hit for Dave Parker in an Angels late in a 9 to 1 blowout of the Twins.

Cron's Fungo bat on his card appears appropriate. The bats are used by coaches for batting practice. He would later manage for 12 seasons in the White Sox and Rockies systems.

As for his major league career, he stuck for five more games in 1991, making it back to the majors in 1992. This time he stuck around just as long with the White Sox. In those 12 games, Cron got just two hits in 27 plate appearances. Both hits came for the Angels.

Cron's first taste of the majors came after seven seasons in the minors, starting in 1984 with the rookie league Pulaski Braves in Virginia. He hung on as a player for parts of a dozen seasons, until 1995. He spent 21 games that year playing for the Nashville Sounds, the White Sox AAA team.

It was that same summer that he took the helm of rookie league Bristol White Sox. He managed as high as AAA, heading the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for three seasons from 2000 to 2001. Most recently, he managed the Great Falls White Sox, another rookie league team, in 2007.

According to Wikipedia, he's currently a roving White Sox minor league infield coach.

Cards Reviewed: 2/880
Major Leaguers: 1
Never Made the Majors: 1
100+ Games in the Majors: 0
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 1

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