Braves’ Sean Kazmar returns to majors after 13-year absence

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He’s a real life Crash Davis.

Thirteen years later, infielder Sean Kazmar Jr. is back in the big leagues.

The Braves are calling up the 36-year-old lifer, ESPN reported, as infielder Ozzie Albies deals with a calf injury.

If Kazmar gets into Saturday’s game against the Cubs, he’ll have gone 12 years and 206 days between appearances, the longest stretch since Minnie Miñoso in 1976, per Elias Sports.

A fifth-round pick of the Padres in the 2004 draft, Kazmar got a cup of coffee with San Diego in 2008. He’s been in the minor leagues ever since, accumulating over 6,000 at-bats, 98 home runs and 682 RBIs, and spending the last seven seasons with the Gwinnett Stripers, Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate.

He is the franchise’s leader in games played (667), hits (620), runs (279), total bases (882), doubles (127), and RBIs (270). This offseason, the Braves brought him back on a minor-league contract.

“I’m extremely fortunate,” he told reporters in spring training. “I tell everyone that I’ve spoken to since I’ve signed back just how thankful I am to the Braves organization for giving me this opportunity to continue to live my dream and play this game that we all love. I know of hundreds of guys who are still sitting there and waiting for a job and it’s really tough to see.”

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