When ESPN’s cameras came to Scottsdale Stadium last week, Hunter Pence broke off a conversation with fellow former Phillie John Kruk and rushed into the clubhouse cafeteria. When Pence returned, he was with Mark Minicozzi, a 31-year-old infielder who can go passport stamp-for-passport stamp with Ryan Vogelsong.

Minicozzi started recapping his long, long, looooong journey to big league camp when Kruk interrupted.

“Wait,” he said. “Nicaragua? There’s a league in Nicaragua?”

Yes, there is. There’s a team in Worcester, Massachusetts, too. There’s a league in Winnipeg and one in Quebec. And Minicozzi has just about hit them all in search of reaching a lifelong dream.

Visit the San Jose Mercury-News for the full article on Mark Minicozzi (Winnipeg/Kansas City 2009).


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