OK. Scott McClain was not on the opening day roster in 1998, but he did make his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays that season. He appeared in 9 games, going 2-20. Eleven years later McClain hit his first major league home run with the San Francisco Giants.
It took Scott McClain 19 seasons to hit a major league home run. When he got his first one Wednesday, he soaked it in…McClain has been with seven major league organizations and played four years in Japan. He signed with San Francisco in January 2007 and hit .300 with 29 homers and 108 RBIs for Fresno this year.
After his cup-of-coffee with the Devil Rays, McClain would not be back in the majors until 2005 when he made a brief appearance with the Cubs, appearing in 13 games, then again last season with the Giants. But it wasn’t until after 2,062 games combined, between the minors and Japan, and 30 major league games that he hit his first big league home run.
At this rate, McClain will surpass Barry Bonds’ all-time home run mark in the year 9628.
McClain was originally drafted in the 22nd round way back in 1990 by the Baltimore Orioles. The top pick in this year’s draft, Tim Beckham, was 5 months old.
McClain was named the Devil Rays minor league player of the year in 1998.
After 19 seasons in minors, McClain hits first major league homer [ESPN]