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Josh Fields is happy to be healthy

Former Oklahoma State quarterback now playing for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes and hoping to get back to the major leagues.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 30, 2012

Josh Fields was the only Oklahoma State quarterback to win Bedlam in the past decade before Brandon Weeden joined the club last year.

Making the playoffs in Triple-A baseball is a different kind of accomplishment. But if Albuquerque closes the deal and wins the Pacific Coast League's South Division, it will be rewarding.

“Anytime you make the playoffs no matter what level it's good,” Fields said. “And if you win the whole thing, it's sort of like in college football if you go to a bowl game and win. You can put that on your resume. It's looked pretty highly upon. People want winners.”

Fields, a third baseman for the Isotopes, is disappointed it appears he doesn't fit into the parent club Los Angeles Dodgers' long-term plans. But he is encouraged he's been healthy this season and is hitting .319 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs.

“I feel good,” Fields said. “I feel good about the numbers I've put up. I feel good I've stayed healthy. You can only dictate your play. They make the moves they want to make. You hope you're part of them at some point.

“With all the trades they've made and guys they've picked up, it looks kind of bleak. They have a plan and are going to stick with it. I haven't been a part of it so far. They've had a good season. I don't know why they'd change it up much. But you never know.”

Fields, 29, will be a free agent after the season. He hopes a productive season will lead to an opportunity even if he changes organizations.

“I know I can still hit major league pitching,” said Fields, who played at Stillwater High School but now lives in Florida. “We have to finish this season first and then we'll see what happens.”

The biggest plus playing for the Isotopes is the opportunity to spend time with his parents, Wendell and Rhonda, during a four-game series that concluded Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. His wife Ashley's parents live in Mustang.

During the series Fields has left as many as 25 passes each game for friends and relatives.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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