July 6, 2007
Albany -- The South Georgia Peanuts officially introduced the second former major leaguer to their roster Friday, as Curtis Goodwin joined the team before its double-header with Bradenton.
The 34-year-old outfielder played five seasons in the majors, with his last game coming in 1999.
He's a career .248 hitter in the big leagues, and stole at least fifty bases three straight seasons in the minors.
Goodwin joins Mike Caruso as former major leaguers on the Peanuts.
South Georgia manager Wally Backman says the knowledge they can bring from the big leagues is incredibly valuable, and while Goodwin has been brought in to help protect Doc Brooks in the line-up, the veteran player knows what his role will be.
"They really don't need my help, to tell you the truth," says Goodwin. "If anything, it's the excitement. For the kids to just enjoy themselves, and see how I carry myself on the field. Big brother type of stuff. I've been there where they want to be, and now being here. It's the first time for this league, and they have a good thing going on right now."
Backman says, "The attitude that they brought here, especially Mike Caruso being here the longest, the communication they give to the other players, there's really no way to say how valuable that is, but to a young player, it's a lot of value."
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