D'Antona Called Up; Burriss to See More Playing Time

by Dave B. in

A couple of ex-Cape Leaguers were in the news yesterday. It's been a long climb, but the Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased the contract of Jamie D'Antona from Tucson. D'Antona starred for the Chatham A's and was one of the central characters in Jim Collins' "The Last Best League" which chronicled the A's 2002 season. D'Antona batted .235 with 5 HR and 19 RBI that year.  He was the second round pick of the Diamondbacks in the 2003 draft. D'Antona singled as a pinch-hitter in his first at-bat in the majors in Arizona's 9-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday. He was batting .367 with 17 HR and 67 RBI in 92 games for Tucson when he was called up.   Also, the wire services are reporting that the San Francisco Giants have told Omar Vizquel that he will be playing less in the second half of the season. The Giants plan to take a long look at rookie shortstops Ivan Ochoa and former Orleans Cardinal Emmanuel Burriss. Burriss set a Cardinals record with 37 stolen bases and helped lead Orleans to the CCBL championship in 2005. Burriss was originally a temp player but ended up being the only Orleans player to play in all 44 regular season games. He batted .286 during the regular season and hit .304 in the Cardinals six game playoff run. Burriss is currently batting .291 in 51 games for San Francisco.