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Kiermaier Makes MLB Debut
The Summit City Sluggers would like to congratulate Kevin Kiermaier. Kiermaier, a Slugger alum, appeared in last nights wild card playoff game as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays Organization. With the appearance, Kevin joins Jarrod Parker as former Sluggers who have continued their careers at the Major League level.
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Parker Headed to the Show!
FIRST SLUGGER TO MAKE IT TO THE MLB!
September 19th, 2011
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By Reggie Hayes of The News-Sentinel
After the Mobile BayBears finished celebrating their Southern League Championship on Sunday night in Knoxville, Tenn., manager Turner Ward gathered the players together.
He said he had one more piece of information. “Parker's going to the big leagues,” Ward said.
Jarrod Parker, the standout pitcher from Norwell High School, relayed that story to his father, Brent, in a Sunday night phone call that every baseball player dreams of making and every baseball father dreams of receiving.
“It was a real exciting night,” Brent Parker said. “It had to be music to his ears to hear that.”
Jarrod Parker flew from Knoxville to Phoenix, Ariz., to join the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, living off adrenalin and little sleep, his father said.
It's been a long, but rewarding climb for Parker, the No.9 pick in the 2007 Major League Draft. After starting strong on his journey in the Diamondbacks' minor-league system, he had to undergo “Tommy John” elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2009 and work his way back. By performing well at Mobile (Ala.) this season – he was 11-8 with a 3.79 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 130 innings for the Class AA team – he earned the chance to prove himself further with the Diamondbacks.
“There are no guarantees in the game,” Brent Parker said. “After the surgery, it was a long 18 months getting himself healthy again. This is nice to know that he worked hard and got back to where he needed to be.”
It's impossible to say when Parker might get a chance to throw his first big-league pitch. Arizona leads the National League West, so it's possible he won't pitch until the Diamondbacks clinch a playoff berth. Or there could be a game where the score and situation allows him to throw an inning.
Parker, who played for the Summit City Sluggers for 4 summers, becomes the program’s first Major League Baseball player.
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Sluggers Partner with Agape League
During the summer of 2011, the Summit City Sluggers program volunteered service to the Adams County Agape League. The Agape League, designed as an avenue for developmentally challenged participants to play the great game of baseball, relies on strong grass roots support to survive. By pitching in, Sluggers players served as player assistants who assisted participants in learning / playing actual games against live competition. In return for their contribution, Sluggers players received tremendous life lessons such as the importance of patience, understanding, and compassion for others. Realizing the value that this opportunity had for both the Agape League and for the Summit City Sluggers program, the Sluggers look forward to continued involvement with our dear friends from Adams County.