by Matthew Taylor
It seems lots of folks are eager to claim O's All-Star George Sherrill as one of their own these days.
From Tennessee to Texas, Indiana to Seattle, Sherrill is getting the retroactive Cheers treatment: now, everyone knows his name.
Ex-ECS Standout George Sherrill a Major League All-Star
Former Evangelical Christian School standout George Sherrill is heading to the All-Star team.Sherrill, the closer for the Baltimore Orioles, was named to the American League team on Sunday. It will be his first appearance in the mid-summer classic.
Sherrill's road to the top has been a long one.
After starring at ECS, he received only one scholarship offer -- to Austin Peay.
He then spent four-plus seasons kicking around in independent leagues before signing with Seattle in 2003.
Last year, he developed into one of the top situational left-handers in baseball.
Former Gov Named All-Star
George Sherrill continued his breakout season on Sunday when he was selected to the American League All-Star team.Former Evansville Otter George Sherrill Named to All-Star TEam
Sherrill, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners days before pitchers and catchers reported for spring training in a multi-player trade deal for Erik Bedard, was the only player from Baltimore chosen to the All-Star team.
The former Austin Peay standout has 27 saves and is 2-3 with a 3.62 ERA. Sherrill has 38 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.
Sherrill is one of two former Austin Peay pitchers currently throwing for the Orioles. Jamie Walker is the Orioles' top left-handed setup pitcher coming out of the bullpen.
George Sherrill, a left-handed reliever who pitched for the Evansville Otters from 1999-2001, was named to the American League's All-Star roster today.Ex-Otter Now an All-Star
See, I Told You!
The odds are long, but it happens occasionally. An Independent League player making it all the way to the Major Leagues is unlikely, but George Sherrill is living proof it can be done.
In 1999 he was pitching for the Otters. He worked his way into affiliated ball and then to the Major Leagues with Seattle a few years ago.
From LOOGY to All-Star, practically overnight.
Not bad for a guy who wasn't drafted out of college and who had to fight his way into MLB.
I'm sure someone at the ASG can teach you how to bend your brim...
Congrats, GS52! Awesome. Just. Awesome!