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If Jeff Suppan can't be a Major Leaguer this year, he'll settle for U.S. Congressman

Seventeen-year vet Jeff Suppan is just like anyone else: He wants to play in the Majors this year. If the right-hander has his way, in a year's time we'll all be referring to him as "18-year vet Jeff Suppan."

But if, perchance, he doesn't sign on with a Major League club, Suppan has a backup plan: United States Congressman. Yes, the 38-year-old right-hander might be swapping the dugout for the cloakroom and the pitcher's mound for a committee chair by challenging Rep. Julia Brownley for California's 26th District seat.

So, to review, Suppan's employment options consist of Plan A: Baseball player. Plan B: United States Congressman. If you had asked an 8-year-old Suppan what he wanted to be when he grew up, he probably would have said the same thing.

-- Dakota Gardner /

(h/t Craig Calcaterra at HardballTalk)