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.
“There have been different people coming on different days,” Fields said. “It's really nice. It's sort of like when I played in front of them in high school and college.”
Following a two-sport career at OSU, Fields was the Chicago White Sox's first-round pick in 2004. Three years later he slammed 23 home runs his rookie season.
Fields struggled the next two years, was traded to Kansas City and was sidelined following hip surgery.
He played only 27 games in 2010 and spent most of 2011 in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants.
“Those were at-bats (scouts) didn't get to see,” Fields said. “This league is scouted pretty heavily. You're playing for the Isotopes, the Los Angeles Dodgers' affiliate. But you also know a bunch of teams could be looking at you. I'm excited with what I've done.”
He's encouraged his hip has withstood the rigors of a grueling season.
“I'm on a pretty strict regimen of what I can lift,” Fields said. “My manager has done an awesome job of giving me an occasional off day. I feel really good. It's been a really good season. We have a good chance to make the playoffs.”
It's another memorable chapter in an athletic career that includes a historic 16-13 upset over OU in Norman in 2001 followed by a 38-28 win the following year.
“It gives me stories I can always talk about,” Fields said. “But I had my time. Coach (Mike) Gundy has done a great job. What I like is I get to go back and just be a fan, tailgate and cheer, things I heard a lot about but I didn't get to do in college.
“I come back for a couple games every year. With them having the success they've had the past few years, it's made tailgating, homecoming, all of it a lot of fun.”