By the time he was 34, Tabaka had been drafted three times, spent time with six major-league teams, played with 10 different organizations (including two stints with the Montreal Expos
and Pittsburgh Pirates
), signed seven free-agent contracts, been traded once and claimed off waivers once. A career reliever, he spent much of the 1998-99 seasons on the disabled list before signing a minor-league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals
. In eight appearances the lefty gave up three earned runs, elevating his career ERA to 4.31.
Tabaka prefers the stress on his name to come in the middle syllable, pronounced Tuh-BAW-kuh.