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Ex-Land O'Lakes star Baisley called up by A's

Chances are Jeff Baisley didn't catch a wink of sleep Monday night.

The former Land O'Lakes star was preparing for the Sacramento River Cats postseason when his coaches told him the news: He was being called up to the Big Show.

"I'm flying up (today)," he said. "I'm leaving at 6 a.m. They said I'm playing tomorrow."

Baisley will travel to Detroit where he will get his first major-league start with the Athletics. Baisley hit .298 for the River Cats, including nine home runs and 44 RBIs.

Baisley, a third baseman, was drafted in the 12th round by the A's out of USF in 2005.

"We had a workout and we talked about who we were playing," he said. "Then they told me I was being called up. I wasn't paying attention so it kind of caught me off guard."

Baisley had to go through practice before he could call home. He caught his father, Gators coach Calvin Baisley, at school, where he was conducting an offseason workout. Calvin called Gators athletic director Chuck Moehle to share the news and to tell him he wouldn't be around today. He was headed to Detroit to watch his son play.

"I was actually out on the baseball field and somebody came and said, 'Jeff's on the phone and he said it was important,' " Calvin Baisley said. "My stomach twisted there for a few moments. I was like, 'He either got called up or he hurt his foot again.' I'm sure glad it was the former and not the latter."

It has been quite a week for Land O'Lakes. Former football star Logan Payne played in his first game with the Seahawks, where he made two catches for 25 yards.

Jeff Baisley becomes the third Gators player to make a big-league roster, joining pitchers Derek Thompson and Cory Doyne.

Baisley's twin brother, Brian, is a catcher in the Yankees organization. Older brother Brad was a promising left-hander in the Phillies organization before shoulder problems ended his career.

Ex-Land O'Lakes star Baisley called up by A's 09/09/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 9:54am]
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