Back in August, Peter Gammons wrote this piece about a curiosity in the Boston minor league system, a 6'7", 245+ pound monster of a man closing games for the Portland Sea Dogs, the first AA action of his career at the age of 25.
Michael Olmsted, the archetypical underdog; drafted in the 9th round by the Mets in 2007, Olmsted blew out his arm in 2008, got Tommy John'd, rehabbed throughout 2009, got cut, and ended up signing with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan in 2010. However, with his mother's life fading due to cancer, he flew back to be home until she passed.
The thought of returning to Japan after the ordeal was less than desirable, so Olmsted asked for his release and moved back home to coach for Cypress College, his alma mater.
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