Last Sunday starting Cincinnati Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with strained oblique muscle, made history.
(More from Reds batboy Luke Stowe on Cabrera’s performance)
Cabrera, who is making $2.3 million this year, became the highest paid batboy in baseball history by assisting the club’s regular batboy, 16-year-old Luke Stowe.
From Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:
“At first, I was watching him and telling him what to do a little bit,” said the Reds’ regular batboy, 16-year-old Luke Stowe, son of equipment manager Rick Stowe. “He started recognizing stuff that I did after a couple of years. I was getting pretty scared thinking he was going to take my job.”
However, by the fifth inning, Cabrera called it a day and left the dugout.
“He said, ‘Man, this is tough work,’ and left after the fourth inning, but he did a great job,” Stowe said.
For his five-inning stint, Cabrera even eschewed his normal No. 2 for an official Reds batboy uniform top, replete with a “BB” on the back.
So why did Cabrera, who has played in nearly 2,000 MLB over 14 seasons, really cut the duty short? Read more…