LaTroy Hawkins grew up in Gary, Indiana — a steel town south of Chicago, where every day can be challenging. A star athlete in high school, Hawkins excelled in baseball, and he signed with the Minnesota Twins after turning down a scholarship to play basketball at Indiana State, which was obviously impressed with how he handled the challenges of players like Glenn Robinson during their prep days.
LaTroy Hawkins was aware of Jackie Robinson in his youth. He knows that Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier 70 years ago today, opened the door not only for African-Americans in baseball, but in life in general.
He spoke with Inside the Seams about his memories and also he efforts, along with Robinson’s daughter Sharon, to continue what Jackie began.
DENVER — Wil Myers was a third-round Draft choice of the Royals in 2009. He made his big league debut with the Rays in ’13, a mid-June callup who became the first American League position player to appear in fewer than 100 games and win the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
Today, Myers is the face of the Padres, the 26-year-old “veteran” in what will be his fourth full big league season. Myers signed a six-year, $83 million contract back in January as the foundation for a major rebuilding plan that general manager A.J. Preller undertook a year ago.
My column from March 17 that first brought Jon Gray’s Locks of Love endeavor to the public:
Jon Gray was putting in a regular workout between starts last summer, when he and a member of the Coors Field grounds crew began to chat. The subject turned to the 25-year-old right-hander’s lengthy hair, and what Gray did with his hair when he cut it. Gray was a bit curious about the inquiry.
By the time the conversation was over, Gray had been introduced to Locks of Love, a program designed for people to donate their hair to be used for hairpieces for children who have suffered significant hair loss because of cancer, severe burns or other medical issues.