Clayton Daniel Bellinger

Clayton Daniel Bellinger (born November 18, 1968 in Oneonta, New York) is a former 
Major League Baseball player. An attendee of Rollins College, Bellinger played for the New York Yankees in 1999,
2000, and 2001, where he won two World Series rings. He played every position
(including designated hitter) except for catcher and pitcher. The Yankees
released him when he became eligible for arbitration; Bellinger then signed with
the Anaheim Angels He played two games at first base for the Anaheim Angels in
2002, had one at-bat in which he struck out, and was eventually demoted to the
minor leagues. While playing in the Baltimore Orioles system in 2004, he was recruited by owner
Peter Angelos to play for the Greek baseball team in the 2004 Summer Olympics,
held in Athens. Bellinger has Greek grandparents and Angelos was in charge of
the Greek national baseball team. In order to field a competitive team in his
hometown Olympics, Angelos made the controversial decision to use experienced
American players mostly with distant Greek ancestry (players ancestry
eligibility was allowed to date as far back as great-grandparents), as opposed
to native Greeks due to their inexperience in a country where baseball was
almost never played. Bellinger reluctantly agreed as he hoped it would earn him
a September call-up to the Orioles roster when the Olympics were over. The Greek
team went 1-6 and failed to advance to the medal round. Bellinger was clearly
the most recognizable player from that team, one of a handful of players with
Major League experience and the only player to have won a World Series ring. He
was not promoted to the Orioles roster after the games concluded. Bellinger was recently the assistant coach of the Chandler, Arizona Little League
All-Stars, who advanced to the 2007 Little League World Series.
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