Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 4/3/13
New York Mets LHP Scott Rice made his major league debut Monday against the San Diego Padres. The 31 year old pitched a scoreless 9th inning, striking out two finishing off the Mets 11-2 victory. Rice had signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training and won a job as a lefty specialist, beating out Robert Carson, who was sent to AAA Las Vegas. The more one reads into Rice’s story of finally making the majors, the more similarities are made to the story of Jim Morris. Morris of course, was the LHP in that made his MLB debut in 1999 at age 35 after mysteriously discovering velocity on his fastball and getting a tryout later than most prospects. Morris was played by Dennis Quaid in the movie “The Rookie”, a story that shows a teacher and baseball coach that is convinced by his players to tryout for the major leagues. Rice is not Jim Morris, but there some similarities. 31 is not a common age for a player to make their MLB debut. Rice was originally drafted b...
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