DETROIT, Mich. – The Commonwealth of Virginia has a wealth of history when it comes to "America's pastime." So to have the highest total of former players in the major leagues would be quite an accomplishment.
Well, that's exactly what the Virginia Commonwealth University baseball program can say now after Scott Sizemore was recalled by the Detroit Tigers and will join the club on Tuesday for its game against the New York Yankees.
"I just want to do whatever I can to help the club win," Sizemore said. "This is a great opportunity and I'm thankful for the organization for giving me this chance."
With his promotion, VCU now leads the state and Colonial Athletic Association with four former players who are currently donning major league uniforms. He joins Cody Eppley with the Texas Rangers, Brandon Inge with the Tigers and Sean Marshall with the Chicago Cubs.
The Chesapeake, Va. native was leading the International League with a .408 average with Toledo, the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate. In 23 games with the Mud Hens, he had two home runs, seven doubles, 15 RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland has said that Sizemore will start and will hit in the second slot in the batting order.
It will be his third stint with Detroit, where he played in 48 games last year, hitting .224 with three home runs, 14 RBIs and 19 runs scored.