Former major league infielder Sean Kazmar Jr. withdraws from professional baseball, according to a statement from Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett. The 37-year-old appeared in seventeen minor league seasons, the last eight of which came in the Atlanta system.
Kazmar was the prototypical organizational veteran, remarkably more than a decade went by between major league appearances. He broke into majors in August 2008, not long after his 24th birthday. He played nineteen appearances with the Padres down the stretch that season, then spent the entire 2009-19 campaigns in Triple-A. Kazmar first joined the Braves’ organization in 2013 and played exclusively with Gwinnett through 2019, but did not appear in 2020 due to the canceled minor league season.
That perseverance eventually paid off when Kazmar returned to the major leagues last season. The Braves selected his contract in mid-April, though his second and final major league stay turned out to be short. Kazmar got into three fights and made two record appearances before being deleted from the 40-man roster. He spent the last few months of the season back with the Stripers.
Kazmar’s major league career consists of only 48 record appearances, where he reached eight hits and five walks. However, playing alone at a professional level for seventeen seasons is in itself an achievement. And Kazmar’s return to the majors – however short it may be – was one of the better stories in the first few months of the season, no doubt made sweeter by the team’s final World Series victory.