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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Unlikely chain of events created a trailblazer

Although pitcher Carter Stewart did not set any records last year, by signing with the SoftBank Hawks instead of a Major League Baseball team, the 20-year-old made history as the first elite American amateur to sign his first pro baseball contract in Japan.

Stewart was the eighth player chosen among the 1,214 players selected in MLB’s 2018 amateur draft, and only the most bizarre set of circumstances and the intervention of a neighbor changed his course and brought him to Japan.

But the book appeared to slam shut on the fairytale story after the Atlanta Braves discovered an old injury, using that as a rationale to offer him a much smaller signing bonus.

After an arbitrator ruled on a players’ union grievance in the Braves’ favor, the Stewart family was receptive to an offer from Japan. They then visited Fukuoka to scout out the territory before making a decision and signing at the end of May.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 20, 2020 at 05:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
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