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Fan who scored Oakland A's contract with viral 96-mph pitch makes professional debut - 08-19-2019, 03:11 PM

Fan who scored Oakland A's contract with viral 96-mph pitch makes professional debut

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/fan-o...al-pitch-debut

Nathan Patterson, 23, took the mound Thursday for the first time as a minor leaguer and whiffed all three batters he faced, USA Today reported Sunday.

“I’m not gonna lie, the nerves were flowing until I threw strike one," Patterson said on Instagram the next day. “After that, I took a big deep breathe (sic) and realized all the hard work over the last year has prepared me for this moment."

The A’s took notice of Patterson’s video of his 96-mph pitch at a Colorado Rockies game on July 15. The viral video attracted more than 700,000 views.

In a month's time, Patterson has gone from a software salesman who believed his playing days had ended in high school to major league prospect, according to the Kansas City Star.

His debut for the Athletics Gold came in the first inning of a game in the rookie-level Arizona League against a Cubs team. His strikeout victims all went down swinging, the Star reported.

Patterson called his first professional outing "incredible and truly a blessing.”
  
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08-19-2019, 03:33 PM

viral 96-mph pitch

That IS sick!!!


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08-19-2019, 04:25 PM

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viral 96-mph pitch

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Viral...sick... I see what you did there!


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08-19-2019, 06:00 PM

Let's remember that 96 MPH pitch happened at Coors Field, a mile high.

It's not like that guy who blazed one 96 MPH in Nashville earlier.

Oh wait, same guy!



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08-19-2019, 07:03 PM

His story is much more remarkable than this article presents.

He had not played organized baseball since he was a junior in HS, and that was only at the JV level.

He suffered an avulsion fracture to his right throwing elbow between his junior and senior year. He did not play his senior year, and was not able to find a junior college to take him on the baseball team.

He dropped out of junior college to start a landscaping business with a friend. Mowing lawns six days a week only lasted a year,

If you have a subscription to The Athletic, just search his name for his full story.

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08-20-2019, 02:34 PM

Someone showing up basically out of nowhere with such major league fastball speed is an astounding story, and something more like a movie.

He'll need more than that heater to make and stay in the majors, of course. I'm rooting for him!


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08-20-2019, 02:41 PM

Throwing 96mph with a little running start. Throwing 95 plus is a dime a dozen in the pro's these days. The chance that he makes it to the show is very unlikely.

And I guarantee you he signed for peanuts. If you are not signed in the first round you are in the last round

But, hey, it beats the HELL out of landscaping Hope he has fun and becomes a coach or something one day.


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08-22-2019, 05:07 AM

Troy Williams from NY was visiting Finland 2015 to get to know the Finnish Pesäpallo....a version of baseball played there and was surprised about the throwing speeds of the Finnish players....the random game he visited he had a radar-gun with him and clocked one guy throwing on average about 94-95 mph with a high of 96.9mph.
He was quoted to say that he would not be suprirsed if in some years there would be Finnish players entertaining a chance to play in MLB.

The ball in Finnish pesäpallo ist a little bit heavier but smaller than in baseball

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pesäpallo: between 5.6 and 5.8 ounces and is 8 1/2 and 8 3/4 inches in circumference)


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Troy Williams from NY was visiting Finland 2015 to get to know the Finnish Pesäpallo....a version of baseball played there and was surprised about the throwing speeds of the Finnish players....the random game he visited he had a radar-gun with him and clocked one guy throwing on average about 94-95 mph with a high of 96.9mph.
He was quoted to say that he would not be suprirsed if in some years there would be Finnish players entertaining a chance to play in MLB.

The ball in Finnish pesäpallo ist a little bit heavier but smaller than in baseball

baseball: between 5 and 5 1⁄4 ounces and is 9 to 9 1⁄4 inches in circumference)
pesäpallo: between 5.6 and 5.8 ounces and is 8 1/2 and 8 3/4 inches in circumference)
I'm pretty sure there will be as more folks play the game or one similar to the game. There is a German born player right now in the Majors. Plays for the Twins, but can't think of his name right now. Damn, we just played them too


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Troy Williams from NY was visiting Finland 2015 to get to know the Finnish Pesäpallo....a version of baseball played there and was surprised about the throwing speeds of the Finnish players....the random game he visited he had a radar-gun with him and clocked one guy throwing on average about 94-95 mph with a high of 96.9mph.
He was quoted to say that he would not be suprirsed if in some years there would be Finnish players entertaining a chance to play in MLB.

The ball in Finnish pesäpallo ist a little bit heavier but smaller than in baseball

baseball: between 5 and 5 1⁄4 ounces and is 9 to 9 1⁄4 inches in circumference)
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if used as a closer, it could be a Finnish finish...

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He suffered an avulsion fracture to his right throwing elbow between his junior and senior year.
Hence the fast ball.

They "tweaked" the tendon.

Remarkable journey against the odds for sure.

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if used as a closer, it could be a Finnish finish...

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Oooooooh, oof.



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08-22-2019, 10:39 PM

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if used as a closer, it could be a Finnish finish...

PT made me do it
I thought that was trademarked already for Ice Hockey by Selänne, and is Markkanen for Chicago Bulls called the Finnisher or something like that...


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