Cammack’s moment in the sun

Eric Cammack was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 1997 amateur draft.

At age 24, the Nederland, Texas native made his major league debut on April 28, 2000 vs. Colorado Rockies, pitching two innings, allowing four earned runs and four hits.

Cammack pitched in eight games and 10 innings during the 2000 season. He did not record a win or loss. He never appeared in another major league game.

The circumstances are not usual. Cammack joined a long list of former players who had a “cup of coffee” in the majors only to never return. But the former Mets pitcher did have a Moonlight Graham moment during his short stint.

Cammack legged out a triple in his only major league plate appearance on July 5, 2000 against the Florida Marlins. The triple sealed Cammack in the history book of odd baseball feats and statistics. The single at-bat and the triple placed on Cammack on the short list of pitchers who tripled in their only MLB plate appearances. The others were: Charlie Lindstrom (1958), Eduardo Rodriguez (1973) and Scott Munninghoff (1980).

Cammack was released by the Mets in May 2003. He attempted to restart his career in Houston and Oakland through 2004 but never again made it to the major league roster.

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