June 29, 2007
Albany -- The South Georgia Peanuts line-up will look a little different in future games, as Jon Zeringue will not be in uniform.
The outfielder Friday becoming a member of the Oakland A's organization.
While the loss of a talented player will be tough for the Peanuts, the team says graduating players is their goal.
Jon Zeringue received the call every player is looking for Friday afternoon.
Zeringue says, "I was in Wally's office this afternoon, and I got a phone call from the A's, and they said, "Welcome to the team.'"
Manager Wally Backman says, "I had Jonny before when I was with the Diamondbacks, and he really deserves to go."
The 24-year-old outfielder says Backman had a huge influence on his return to a major league baseball organization.
"He's just 100% positive," says Zeringue. "I was going to quit baseball after I left the Diamondbacks. Wally called me and put the fire back in me, and I'm as pumped up as I've ever been to go back and play ball again."
The Peanuts manager says continuing to move players up to the next level says a lot about the South Georgia team.
"There's quality players here, and being able to move these players to move these players to the next level is what's important," says Backman. "If you don't have the quality players to be able to move to the next level, it's not going to happen, but I feel the guys we brought in here, every single one has the possibility of moving up."
While Zeringue says it's a move that needed to be made, he says he will miss South Georgia.
"I'm going to miss this place," says Zeringue. "The teams great, and the people here are great to the players. It's a good career move, and I'm excited to be an Oakland Athletic."