In our latest feature we take a look at Mariners prospect Jabari Blash, his story is unlike most. As a youngster growing up on the island of Saint Thomas, Blash did not love to play the game of baseball, in fact his mom made him play. In our latest feature, we tell the story of Jabari Blash, who has transformed himself from a disinterested little leaguer into one of the top power hitting prospects in the game of baseball today. Also find out inside why Jabari had the chance to meet a buffalo on the baseball diamond.
Growing up in Ontario Canada, Justin Marra like most Canadian youngsters developed into a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan. Unlike most youngsters in Canada who dream of making the game saving save in the Stanley Cup finals, Marra had other dreams. He hoped to become the next Pudge Rodriguez or Darren Fletcher, dreaming that he one day would be catching the game winning strike out in the world series.
During the off-season we were lucky enough to be able to feature Josh Conway, 2012 4th round draft selection of the Chicago Cubs. As we interviewed Josh, he was in the middle of a long rehab process from Tommy John surgery. A few weeks ago we touched base with Josh once again and we asked Josh if he would like to share his story of Tommy John Surgery and the rehab process with us. Josh agreed and in the paragraphs that follow are each stage of his experience.
A new feature here at Chasing The Dream in the 2013 season will be called The Cycle. We will take a look at the performances of all the players that we have featured here at Chasing The Dream and highlight the top performances during a ten-game span. We hope you enjoy this new feature as we stay on top of all of our highlighted players as they chase their way to the major leagues.
When the Seattle Mariners drafted shortstop Brad Miller out of Clemson they knew exactly the type of person and player they were getting. Through his college years, Miller had earned the reputation of having a strong work ethic and being a team leader on and off the field. Scouts may love players tools but when you combine them with the characteristics that Miller has displayed you have the potential to have a special player and potential future star.
Canada has produced some of the greatest players in the game of hockey Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr and Crosby to name a few. In recent years while Canada has continued to produce hockey talent it also has begun to produce its fair share of baseball players including current major leaguers Jason Bay, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau and Joey Votto. Oshawa’s own Eric Wood hopes to follow in the footsteps of those current stars and add himself to the list of baseball greats from Canada. We take a look at his journey as he starts his first full season in professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates.