16 July 2015

chin-hui tsao, the latest dodger double dipper

at first, i thought it would be ramon troncoso, and then perhaps eric stultz, but it turned out to be chin-hui tsao that became the most recent dodger double dipper - a dodger who left the organization for another, only to return and appear in a game for the team a second time.

[this is the ninety-sixth installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smithjohnny allenmarv rackleybobo newsom, maury wills, dazzy vance, ray hayworthzack taylorjohn croninart herringbrian falkenborgbill reidy, john andersonvito tamulis, wally hood, jim bruske, bill dahlen, patsy donovanjamey wright, watty clarkandy messersmithrocky nelsonnewt kimballhank behrmanjimmy sheckard, and jake flowers, and goody rosen.]

after spending three seasons (2003-2005) in the majors with the colorado rockies, tsao appeared in 21 games for the 2007 dodgers, going 0-1 with a 4.38 era.  as such, he earned a dodger card in the 2007 topps factory set
this was one of five dodger cards added to the dodger themed complete factory set, not the dodger team factory set.  it is his only dodger card, as far as i can tell.  after the season ended, tsao became a free agent and signed with the kansas city royals.  here is some photographic proof of that fact.
the royals released tsao in may of 2008, without him having pitched in a big league game.

i had not heard tsao's name mentioned since he left the dodgers eight years ago, so obviously i missed the news that they had signed him this past winter.  it was only when i was watching the game against milwaukee on july 10th that i realized tsao was back.  here's a getty images photo of him pitching in that game.
tsao earned the win in his first big league appearance in 8 years that night, and pitched in the next day's game, too.

welcome back, chin-hui tsao, and congratulations on being a dodger double dipper!

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