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Tampa Bay’s David Price is No Longer A Rookie 1

Posted on August 20, 2009 by Dean Hybl
David Price has gained a lot of experience during his short major league career.

David Price has gained a lot of experience during his short major league career.

When David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jason Berken of the Baltimore Orioles faced off Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, it was technically a matchup of two Major League rookies. However, while he may still be listed as a rookie on the roster, it is clear that Price has graduated from that distinction.

After key playoff appearances a year ago and now filling a valuable starting role for the Rays, Price seems to be viewed by his manager, the media and himself as just another talented major league pitcher trying to help his team make a playoff run.

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      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former major league baseball player who came into the game as a teenager and stayed until he was in his 40s. In between, Rusty Staub put up a solid career that was primarily spent on expansion or rebuilding teams.

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