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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Keri: Suit Up: How MLB Mentors Pay It Forward, One Lesson (and Shopping Spree) at a Time

“We’re all in the team hotel, and Trevor Hoffman spreads the word to all the rookie call-ups, ‘Meet me downstairs at noon!’” Axford said. “We were in Chicago, I hadn’t even pitched in my first game yet. And then here we all are at Macy’s on the seventh floor. We get there and Hoffman just says, ‘OK, go get yourselves suited.’”

Hoffman can’t point to a specific suit-buying role model the way Hawkins can with Puckett, but Hoffman was nonetheless happy to carry on the traditions that the kindest MLB veterans have passed down through the generations. When there’s a young pitcher who’s struggling to find his way, lend him a hand. When there’s a group dinner, never let the rookies pay; doubly so for a minor leaguer subsisting on $20 a day in meal money who might see a fancy dinner as a gift from the gods. And yes, when the opportunity presents itself, help the young guys dress like big leaguers.


 

 

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