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Rico Washington

Rico Washington knows that he has to work hard. He knows his role is as a utility guy and he is more than happy to perform. The goal for any player is to make it to the big leagues and then when the chance comes, prove you belong. The San Diego Padres snared Washington from the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 2003 season and Washington could not have been happier.<br><br>"The Padres have given me an opportunity," says Washington. "I feel like I was lost in shuffle (in Pittsburgh)."

Washington entered 2003 stuck in a rut after being a highly touted prospect after the 1999 season. The Pirates thought they were looking at a player who could play three different positions for their big league club. Washington had just hit .355 at Hickory in 76 games and was rated among the top ten in the organization. He played second base, catcher and third, proficient in all three. In...

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