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Salt Lake Bees: Minor league vets looking for one last shot at big leagues

MLB » Whether it’s money or glory, the dreams remain the same.

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"When you get to the end of your career and you’re looking at things like coaching when you are still playing, it helps you recognize whether you really want it or not," said Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson, himself a career minor league player with that proverbial cup of coffee in the bigs. "Ideally, all these people are competing with each other to make the big leagues. If you are willing to coach them, it makes you a better player, and better prepares you for the next step."

Not that McNaulty or Aldridge are going to end their careers without a fight. That drive made them as successful as their health, luck and ability would allow.

At a glance

A tale of two baseball lifers

Paul McAnulty, 31, drafted in 2001 by San Diego, has played 133 major league games with 47 hits and six home runs. He has played for 10 minor league teams and has more than 150 home runs and is approaching 1,200 hits.

Cory Aldridge, 32, drafted by Atlanta in 1997, has one hit, a triple, in 18 major league at-bats. Aldridge has played for 12 minor league teams, plus teams in Mexico and Korea. He is approaching 1,400 hits and 200 home runs.

Bees homestand

All games 7:05 p.m., unless noted

Monday » Tacoma

Tuesday » Tacoma

Wednesday » Tacoma, 12:05 p.m.

Thursday » Fresno

Friday » Fresno

Saturday » Fresno

Sunday » Fresno, 1:05 p.m.

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"You never know what’s going to happen," McAnulity said. "I could be sitting in Anaheim in two months. You never know."

Bees 4, Rainiers 2 • McAnulty drove in two runs in a third-run first inning, and five Salt Lake pitchers combined to allow just four hits as the Bees won at Tacoma on Sunday.

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