When considering 13 years spent playing the Majors is a considerable feat, it’s difficult to put into words going nearly as many years between plate appearances.
That’s what Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Chin-hui Tsao did Tuesday night when he came to bat in the fifth inning. In his first plate appearance since Sept. 21, 2003, Tsao hit a ground-rule double on the first pitch he saw to straightaway center field that continued to carry over Cameron Maybin’s head.
The hit was Tsao’s first since August of 2003 and second extra-base hit of his career. It also came at a key moment as two batters later he scored on Howie Kendrick’s RBI single to tie the game. Unfortunately, Tsao’s rare accomplishment came in a loss.
Tsao’s story is nonetheless compelling as he’s managed to make a comeback in the Majors after last pitching in 2007, also with the Dodgers.