Remember Brandon Knight? The Yankees got him in a trade for Chad Curtis after the 1999 season and he pitched in a few games for them in 2001 and 2002. Well, he’s still kickin’ – after all these years. Via the Ventura County Star (two weeks ago) –
Unemployment rates have been rising steadily, but being jobless was a new experience for Brandon Knight.
The former Ventura College and Buena High pitcher started last season in the market for an organization willing to take a chance on an aging right-hander.
Just when the 32-year-old began planning for life after baseball, a former teammate reached out.
Brett Jodie called Knight asking him to join the Somerset (N.J.) Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.
Knight knew the job wouldn’t cover all the bills for his growing family, but he took a chance hoping it could lead to bigger things.
The investment paid off. The New York Mets signed Knight to a minor-league contract in May, and he recently moved into the starting rotation for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.
“All I wanted was a chance to pitch and I am getting that,” said Knight, who is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA. “I really had no preconceived notions about how they would use me or what would happen when I came here. I was just happy to be in Triple-A again.”
The move marks another another leg in Knight’s 14-season worldwide journeyman career.