Lorenzo Cain relishes reaching 10 years MLB service goal future unclear

When Lorenzo Cain became a free agent following 2017, the Brewers, who had traded him to the Royals in 2011, gave him a five-year, $80 million deal.

CINCINNATI – Lorenzo Cain was designated for assignment Saturday, but conventional wisdom would tell you he wasn’t supposed to make it to this point.

In a sport in which kids are often pushed to play on select travel teams at a very young age, the Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder didn’t start playing baseball until he was a sophomore in high school. Only one college, Tallahassee Community College, expressed any significant interest in him. He was a 17th-round selection in the draft by the Brewers in 2004.

“It’s the only story like that that I know of,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “It’s tough for me to imagine that reoccurring.”

As Cain walked into the visitors’ clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Saturday afternoon, he did so on the date that marks 10 years of service time in Major League Baseball. It’s a rare feat for anyone who even is able to make it to the big leagues. For a late starter like Cain who dealt with injuries throughout his career, especially early on?

This wasn’t supposed to happen.

“I tell people all the time, if you had told me I was gonna play 10 years in the show, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Cain said. “It just took a lot of hard work starting from when I first started in high school, 10th grade, picking up a bat really for the first time and playing organized sports for the first time. It really started there.

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