Another week, another random player from the Tampa Bay Rays flashes into your memory banks.
Today, we move on the letter ‘C’ and when you look into the analogs of Rays history, there have been 41 players to don the gradient rainbows, the green vests, and the navy blues.
Choosing at random, we come out with...Jason Childers.
Childers’ story begins in the Summer of 1997 when he went undrafted following his senior year at Kennesaw State University. He signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers and joined their Rookie-Level affiliate as one of the oldest members of the league at 22 years old. He was a teammate with his brother, Matt Childers, whom the Brewers took in the 9th round of the draft.
Several years down the road, Childers was 29 and had reached the Triple-A level but had yet to receive that call to the majors. However, he did receive a call one day that he had been traded to the Monteal Expos, another organization that stashed him the minors. After the season, Childers became a free agent and signed with the Boston Red Sox, but spent the entire year at Triple-A.
Finally, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed Childers to a minor league deal in 2006 and he managed to make the Opening Day roster. He made his debut on April 3rd, on Opening Day, allowing a run in an inning of work. At 31 years of age, Childers was the 3rd oldest player in franchise history to make his MLB debut, trailing behind Rolando Arrojo and Jim Morris. He would make a total of five appearances that season before being designated for assignment.
Over the next few years, Childers journeyed around the league, but never returned to the majors.