Age is just a number! 57-year-old former big leaguer extends his playing career to play for the Greek national team

Born on April 25, 1966. There is a player who was named to the team roster as an active player in his mid-50s, who is approaching his 60th birthday. He was born in 2004 and is a whopping 38 years older than the youngest member of the team. The main character is Eric Pappas (57), who previously played in the Major League of American professional baseball.

Pappas is playing for Greece at the 2023 European Baseball Championship held in the Czech Republic. He was given uniform number 8, and listed catcher and first base as his positions. He was also included in the coaching staff. He is in the game as first base coach. 

Greece, in Group A of the group stage, clashed with Spain, the Czech Republic, and Austria in turn. On the 25th (Korean time), they lost 1-14 to Spain in the first match of the group stage, and lost 0-14 to the home team Czech Republic on the 26th. They realized their limitations as they lost heavily to Spain and the Czech Republic, which are considered strong teams in Europe. On the 27th, he showed his fighting spirit and achieved his first win. They won 11-6 against Austria. Pappas did not play in all three games.

He joined the Los Angeles Angels in the 1984 draft and made his major league debut in 1991 with the Chicago Cubs. That year, he appeared in seven big league games, going 3-for-17 with a batting average of 0.176. He moved to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993 and played in 82 games, posting a batting average of 0.276. The following year, he left a batting average of 0.091 in 15 games for St. Louis. In his major league career, he recorded 70 hits in 289 at-bats, a batting average of 0.242, 1 home run, 35 RBIs, 34 runs scored, 1 stolen base, an on-base percentage of 0.342, and an OPS of 0.640.스포츠토토

Pappas, who is of Greek descent, retired after playing in the minor leagues after leaving St. Louis and entered the path of a leader. While working as a coach, he was called up to the Greek national team ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics. Afterwards, he served as a baseball academy and professional team coach in the United States, and was included in the Greek national team for the 2023 European Championships.

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