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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Baseball Tale: Slovakia to the majors, with a brief stop in Ireland

The tale begins in Slovakia, (homeland of Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, and thus familiar to this Hub native), travels west to Ireland for a brief time, then comes to rest in Alberta, Canada, culminating in a seventh-round selection, 216th pick overall, in the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft…

Adam’s English at the time was nearly nonexistent, making his coaches’ rudimentary instruction even less enlightening, but our unlikely phenom’s interest in baseball only intensified as he studied online videos of fellow pitchers David Price and Justin Verlander. (Our main aim as coaches was to get Adam to keep his fastball under control, out of concern for the safety of opposing batters.)

After a year or so in Ireland, which included two seasons with the Mariners Little League team, Adam and his family emigrated again, this time to Alberta, another hockey stronghold but also a place with a strong baseball development system.

Short story about Adam Macko, Mariners 7th round pick last year.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: February 16, 2020 at 10:46 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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