A record number of Jesus’ are expected to play in the major leagues during the 2009 season !!
While popular in a historical context, the name Jesus is only recently catching on in baseball circles. The current Jesus name record was actually just set in 2008 when three different players named Jesus all played in major league games.
If all goes as planned in 2009, the Jesus record could be shattered by the All-Star break.
To date, Jesus Flores (C-WAS) is the lone Jesus to break camp with his major league club and he is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup. Jesus Colome (RP-WAS) has earned a bullpen spot with the Nationals but some Bowden bungling means he won’t play for the Nats until May 15, 2009. Jesus Delgado (RP-SEA) and Jesus Castillo (RP-LAD) impressed during spring training and provide suitable bullpen depth should their teams require. Jesus Montero (C-NYY) and Jesus Martinez (OF-NYM) are top prospects who could also get a mid-season peek. Jesus Arredondo (2B-MEX) is an aging star for Peubla in the Mexican league and could get a mid-season call from a desperate big league club.
David DeJesus (OF – KC), who has a younger brother named Jesus, commented, “This is a great time for baseball and a great time for Jesuses”.
The Jesus watch will continue throughout the season.