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A dream come true for Chafin

Mike Greco • Aug 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

What are the odds?

Andrew Chafin, a Western Reserve graduate, pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He was brought up on Friday and didn’t pitch in any of the three games against the Colorado Rockies.

So, the Diamondbacks headed east and ended up in Cleveland — an hour away from where Chafin grew up.

Arizona, in the National League and Cleveland, of the American League, don’t play each other often.

The Diamondbacks last played in Cleveland in 2005.

Chafin, a left-handed pitcher, is scheduled to start in the second game (about 7:05 p.m.) of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Progressive Field. It will be his major league debut.

Ironically, Tuesday’s game was postponed because of weather after a 3-hour, 40-minute rain delay in the fourth inning with the Indians leading 1-0.

If the game would have re-started, Chafin was set to be on the hill.

I had a chance to talk to Chafin’s dad, Darryl on Tuesday.

Needless to say, the family is excited about Chafin reaching the Major League level.

They went to Phoenix for the weekend series and in Cleveland Tuesday and Wednesday.

And now for his debut to happen in Cleveland, with family and friends expected in attendance, is like a dream come true.

Chafin was a first-round draft choice by Arizona (43th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Kent State.

He spent time in rookie ball, then rose to Single A, AA and AAA and now to the bigs.

Chafin, like most baseball players, went through some ups and downs, but he’s stuck with it.

“He prepares everyday for what may come,’’ Darryl Chafin said.

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he planned on Chafin working in the bullpen, but weather forced a chance.

What future role Chafin has with the Diamondbacks is to be determined.

Will he start? Will he relieve? Will he be sent down?

But for now, he’s getting a shot and that’s all anybody can ask.

Chafin is the first Huron County athlete to step on a pro field since Willard graduate Charlie Frye did so from 2005 to 2009 with the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.

Like Chafin, Frye’s first start was in Cleveland in 2005 — against the Jackonsville Jaguars in Week 13.

Getting back to baseball, I was trying to find if there have been any Huron County players to reach the bigs.

If anybody knows of any, please pass the name(s) my way.


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