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Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:09 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 10:20 am
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

By C. Trent Rosecrans

This story has a Hollywood dateline, and that's only fitting. Francisco "Chico" Herrera's story could be the next great baseball movie.

On Thursday, Herrera had a tryout with the Dodgers. What's the hook? Herrera is a Dodgers batboy and he was "discovered" by Los Angeles pitcher Jon Garland, who recommended the shortstop from Valley College in North Hollywood.

"Jon Garland and I were playing catch in the outfield," Herrera told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. "He was hurting at the time, but he could still play catch and he's like, 'You really do have a good arm. When are you going to try out?'"

Garland told Herrera that he'd talk to assistant GM De Jon Watson and get him a tryout -- the only catch was that if Herrera signed, Garland wanted to be his agent.

"I thought he was kidding," Herrera told Shelburne.

Garland wasn't. Watson got in touch with Herrera and lined up his tryout. That tryout happened on Thursday. It's improbable that Herrera will get signed, but if he does? It could be one of the greatest baseball stories of all time, up there with former Devil Rays pitcher Jim Morris, who got a movie and stint in the big leagues out of his open tryout.

The 22-year-old Herrera has been a batboy the last four years and it's not just Garland who has noticed he has some legitimate baseball skills. Here's a catch he made last year while working:



Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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