Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Major Ambitions.(Sports)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

There are only 750 such players on opening day. Roskos intendsto be one of them with the Padres

John Roskos isn't a stickler for details, at least not when he's zeroed in on the big picture of his life. His profession might demand meticulous preparation and application. But to him, the hows and whys merely are bells and whistles.

At the end of the day, at the end of every day, what piques his interest is having a Major League Baseball career. And this just might be his year.

The 26-year-old Roskos is entering his eighth full season as a professional and is on the precipice of becoming a full-time major-leaguer. Only 750 such players are on opening-day rosters. Roskos, a rising star within the San Diego Padres organization, hopes to be one of them.

"I play three different positions (first base, outfield, catcher), and that's helped me in my career more than anything," says Roskos. "A lot of managers look for versatility out of a hitter. There's got to be a team for me where they can throw me out there for a month and see what I can do."

Last year, he could all but sniff the ocean breeze wafting in from the Pacific Ocean, so close was he to landing one of San Diego's 25 roster spots. …

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