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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Shannon Penn made the bigs and got to see big boys play; Played there himself over nine games

Shannon Penn made the bigs for the first time in April 1995 with the Tigers and promptly went 3 for 4 in his debut. 

To The Detroit Free Press afterward, Penn spoke about simply being there. 

"It was a great feeling being there watching the big boys play," Penn told The Detroit Free Press. He then answered whether being there made him a big boy: "Not until I get some years under my belt I will be."

Penn saw two more contests that season and six more big league games the next. Those two calls ended up being the extent of his major league career.

Penn's career began in 1988, taken by the Rangers in the 58th round of the draft out of Lakeland Community College in Ohio.

Penn started with the Rangers in 1989, in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .218 in 47 games. He then moved to rookie Butte for 1990 and hit .325 there over 60 games.

Penn made single-A Gastonia for 1991. He stole seven bases in 48 games. That April, he described base stealing to The Charlotte Observer and promoted relaxation. 

"When you're relaxed inside, it makes you a lot quicker," Penn told The Observer. "I just want to keep learning this year."

The Rangers then released him and he signed with the Tigers for 1992. He played that year at short-season Niagara Falls, where he stole 31 bases. He made AA London in 1993 and stole 53, then AAA Toledo in 1994 and stole 45 while hitting .284 over 114 games.

Then, in April 1995, he made Detroit. In his three games, he went 3 for 9. He then played the rest of the year at Toledo.

He returned for six more appearances in Detroit in 1996, all in September. He picked up 1 hit in 14 at bats. That season marked the end of his career.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,453
Made the Majors:1,211-35.1%-X
Never Made Majors:2,242-64.9%
5+ Seasons in the Majors:503
10+ Seasons in the Minors:295

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