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An Old Blue Devil Shines in Florida

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TAMPA BAY, FL — Tampa Bay Devil Rays Quinton McCracken is not the only former Duke Blue Devil that is making his mark in the majors. Ryan Jackson is doing quite well in his first season of big league ball.

Jackson played four years in the minors before getting his first spring training invitation this year. He certainly took advantage of that invite, Jackson is now a member of the Florida Marlins.

"You hear about guys all the time that spend eight on nine years in the minor leagues, and eventually get their shot," Jackson said. "For some people that's absolutely everything, and to me it's the same way. I am on the verge now, and once you get on the verge it's tough to even think about quitting the game."

Jackson made a name for himself at Duke in 1994 when he was the national college player of the year and an All-American.

He still holds the carrer home run mark at Duke, but now Jackson is better known more for his consistency base to base

The former Blue Devil knows what he will have to do to stay in the show.

"Hit, plain and simple, I have to hit, that's something that's going to carry a lot of outfielders. For me, I am probably an average outfielders so whatever I do at the plate is going to have to be the plus for me."

However, the Marlin's manager said that he liked Jackson versatility in the field, because he can first and in the outfield.

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Jeff Gravley, Reporter
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