A few people have e-mailed about Zach Jackson’s Minor League options status, related to his mention in yesterday’s Pavano story.
Jackson has a fourth Minor League option. How did he pull this off? Well, there’s a stipulation in the rulebook that players entering their fourth or fifth professional season who have already been optioned out in three separate years receive a fourth option. Seasons spent entirely in short-season leagues don’t count toward that tally, so Jackson’s 2004 stint in the New York-Penn League doesn’t count.
So there you go.
* Zach Attack should not be confused with Zack Attack, which was the name of Zack Morris’ band in my — and hopefully your — all-time favorite Saved by the Bell episode, “Rockumentary.” It includes the classic scene in which Zack and his much-despised girlfriend enter the recording studio and insist that the band play their newly penned song, “Love Me Now.” The other members of Zack Attack are quite displeased at this development, and yet … they nail the song! On the first take! It’s unbelievable! An incredible band.