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Apr 27, 2010 8:19 PM

After mistaken for umpire, new Sky Sox shortstop proving he belongs

Warren Schaeffer is probably not a name that will ring a bell with most baseball fans. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox recently called up the shortstop all the way from class High-A to fill an injury spot.

Schaeffer immediately helped the team, driving in four runs in his AAA debut. But his first trip to Colorado Springs didn't go quite as smoothly.

"i just got a call the night after the first game and told me I was coming up to AAA," said Schaeffer. "I had no idea what to expect."

He was called up from single-A Modesto a couple weeks ago, but had to take a separate flight to Colorado Springs because the commercial flight the team was on was full.

When he arrived at the stadium two hours before the game, there was a little confusion when he checked in.

"The guy thought I was an umpire," said Schaeffer, laughing. "Then he thought I was on the other team, but he got me to the right place."

It's a good thing he finally got to the sky sox clubhouse after the detour. Through nine games, Schaeffer already had a home run and seven RBI's.

The 25-year old had never played above A-ball before this season.

"It's definitely a good opportunity to prove myself, playing with these older guys, and hitting a little bit with them," said Schaeffer.

And if Schaeffer keeps up his solid defense and hitting-through nine games, his .348 batting average led the team by a large margin-it should be awfully tough for the Sox to send him back down.

"It would be great to stick around. I love it. I love playing here, but I'll go wherever they send me."

 

 

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