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Feb 4, 2010 8:59 PM by Andrew Masuda

Atascadero native McClain signs with Cubs

If one looked up the word "perseverance" in the dictionary, one might find a picture of Atascadero native Scott McClain. Since being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Atascadero High in 1990, he has played in a total of 44 Major League games and nearly 2,000 in the minor leagues. The right-handed slugger is not giving up on his big league dreams.

Recently, the Chicago Cubs signed the 37 year old to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring Training. It will be Scott's second stint with Chicago. He got in to 13 Major League games with the Cubs back in 2005.

The signing also marked his return to the United States since Scott played last year in Japan for the Hiroshima Carp.

McClain made Major League history back in 2008 while playing for San Francisco. At 36 years old, Scott became the oldest person to hit his first big league home run.

His 292 career home runs in 16 minor league seasons ranks number one among all active minor leaguers.

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