Atchison has been linked to MLB teams since 1994 and is, if you couldn’t guess, up there in age for a ball player (currently 39 years old). However, his age didn’t stop him from having success in his late 30’s, with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, and then signing with Cleveland in 2014. Immediately, his Indians teammates took a liking to the guy and often made fun of his age, playfully of course (except for Corey Kluber, who isn’t capable of humor).
This season, Atchison struggled mightily (the whole bullpen did for a while). The runs started piling up on Atchison specifically, who sported an ugly 6.86 earned run average for the Indians. After a stint on the disabled list, we were all hoping that the time off would right the ship for him. However, he continued to be inconsistent. It was a tough call to make—Terry Francona even admitted that he didn’t want to—but the Indians eventually decided to release Atchison. He signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins after being cut by the Tribe, but that didn’t last, as he is currently a free agent again.
When I look at Atchison’s career, I see an amazing resume. Drafted by Seattle straight out of high school in 1994 in the 36th round, he elected to go to college instead. Seattle drafted him again in 1998, this time in the 49th round. The baseball draft doesn’t even go that high anymore, and to make the majors after being drafted so late is pretty amazing. Atch toiled in the minors until 2004, when he finally made his major league debut for the Mariners, ten years after his first draft. After Seattle came San Francisco and then Boston, who let Scott play in Japan for two seasons. Atchison came back to America; signed with Boston, then went on to play with the Mets three years later. From then, of course, he came to Cleveland. It’s amazing to me how some players just make it professionally against all odds and after being overlooked so many times by other teams. It’s also impressive in baseball to stay effective at such an older age. I have a feeling we will see Atchison with another team before all is said and done.