Bubba Crosby

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Outfielder Bubba Crosby played 205 games in the majors from 2003 to 2006.

In the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, Crosby batted .257/.333/.571 with 6 extra base hits, 11 runs scored and 8 RBI in 9 games. He led Team USA in runs scored, beating out Pat Burrell, Brian Roberts and several other future big leaguers. In the Bronze Medal game, he was 2-for-6 with 2 runs scored and a homer (off David White) in an extra inning loss to the Australian national team. As a junior at Rice in 1998, Crosby hit .394 with 25 homers and 91 RBI. He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the draft and spent six seasons in the minors before getting his shot with the Dodgers. His most impressive minor league stint was with the Las Vegas 51s in 2003, when he hit .361/.410/.635 in 76 games.

Bubba had a cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 2003 before being traded, along with Scott Proctor, to the New York Yankees for Robin Ventura. On April 9, 2004, he hit a homer in his first at bat as a Yankee. Crosby was unable to find playing time in the outfield and continued to bounce between New York and AAA. He was pegged to be a starter in 2006 only for Johnny Damon to be welcomed into the fold. A year after batting .276/.304/.327 in 76 games, he fell to .207/.258/.299 in 65 games and was DFAed, never to return. Following the season, Crosby signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds and finished his career with the Louisville Bats. After failing a physical while attempting to join the Seattle Mariners for 2008, he retired.

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