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Nitkowski thought his career was over in 2002

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07:30 AM ET 01.01 | The long and winding professional baseball road of lefty pitcher C.J. Nitkowski began when the Reds drafted him in the first round in 1994. From there, he pitched in the Tigers, Astros, Mets, Cardinals, Rangers, Yankees, Braves, Pirates and Nationals organizations, also pitching in a number of Triple-A towns along the way, before playing in Japan and then Korea. ... Nitkowski's career ended in 2012, and he currently works as an analyst for MLB.com, CBS Sports and MLB Network Radio. He can also be found on Twitter. This interview has been edited for length. MLBTR: What is it like to have to [bounce around] from year to year and not know where you're going to be? CJN: I really thought my career was over in 2002, and it didn't end until last January, so I always felt I was on borrowed time anyway.

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January 1, 2014  09:55 AM ET

The man has seem more small towns in America riding on those long bus trips,, played in small parks, stayed in low budget hotels, never pitched in the big leagues, and probably is making more money now than he did in his career as a pitcher in the minor leagues.

January 1, 2014  10:54 AM ET
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The man has seem more small towns in America riding on those long bus trips,, played in small parks, stayed in low budget hotels, never pitched in the big leagues, and probably is making more money now than he did in his career as a pitcher in the minor leagues.

the pitcher likely is more happy than ever,just to have a permanent job its a win -win situation!!

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