Podsednik receives security in contract extension
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"It's a warm feeling knowing that a team wants you around for a few more years," Podsednik said on Wednesday during a conference call. "I'm excited about what has gone on in my own career the past couple of years. I'm excited about what is going on with this organization the past year and where we're headed as a ball club."
Last year the
Podsednik believes he has a better supporting cast around him this year with the additions of
"I'm happy with the way this ball club has improved over the past couple of years," Podsednik said. "Ned Yost has come in and done an incredible job heading this club in the right direction. We've made some tremendous improvements the past year."
Podsednik, a native of Dallas, was selected by the Texas
"It was a long eight to nine-year grind throughout the minor leagues," Podsednik said. "I was dealt with a lot of struggles, a lot of injuries. It was just a matter of me going out and making those adjustments. I think I put too much stress on my body during the winters. I would break down."
Since his days in the minors, Podsednik has changed his off-season habits and he was able to play in 154 games last year. Up until that time he had played in only 19 major league games, five with Seattle in 2001 and 14 more with the
"Last March I was battling for a spot with this club. Four to five months later they're talking about Rookie of the Year. Four to five months later I'm signing a two-year extension," Podsednik said. "I consider myself an impact player. I'm going to continue to stay hungry. I'm not satisfied with where I am as a ball player with the ability that I have. I think I can stay around and be an impact player for a long time in this league."
Podsednik has swiped 15 consecutive bases dating back to last season, surpassing the
Over his last six games, first baseman