|Mike Tauchman/Credit: You Tube|
After the game, the trade was announced and I asked "Zoo" if he would be my guest. He said "yes" but that he had to talk to the manager first. That was when Zuvella had been given the word he had been dealt. He gave me a great interview about Richmond and his days in the Braves organization, including his time in Atlanta, where he played in 97 games over three seasons.
When the interview concluded, I wished Zuvella good luck and predicted he would be in New York
|Paul Zuvella/Credit: Gary Cohen|
And so it is that Tauchman has gone from perhaps a AAA assignment to becoming a key component of the New York Yankees outfield, currently beset by injuries. And it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. My memories of Tauchman - when he played outfield for the New Britain Rock Cats in 2015 - was that of a ballplayer, willing to go the extra mile to realize his major league dream. For example, after batting practice on the field, there was a good chance you would find him at the indoor cage, working on his batting stroke, before the game. This latest step in his life as a ballplayer proves that hard work does payoff, whether you are a Colorado Rockie or a New York Yankee.
As for Zuvella, when his playing days were over he stayed in the game for a time, becoming a manager for the New Haven Ravens, who at the time were the AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.