Frank Catalanotto was almost cut from the Detroit Tigers during their fall instructional league after his rookie season in the minors. That was until minor league hitting instructor and former All-Star Larry Parrish intervened on the kid’s behalf.
“Yes, he’s weak and needs to get stronger, but his hand-eye
coordination is great. … He’s got a God-given gift. He never misses if
he swings at it,” said Parrish to farm director Joe McDonald. Parrish’s
words were enough to save Catalanotto from baseball purgatory and give
him the push he needed on the way to the major leagues.
Parrish is a central figure in Catalanotto’s rise to a 14-year major league career, detailed in his new autobiography, Heart and Hustle: An Unlikely Journey from Little Leaguer to Big Leaguer (Bantry Bay, 2012).
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