Former Orioles MILB player on ESPN
Former Orioles minor league pitcher Josh Faiola was interviewed on ESPN First Take this morning. Many of the guys were excited to see him being interviewed. He was released by the Orioles this season and is now playing for the Lake Erie Crushers (Independent League Baseball). Brent Allar actually lived with him at one time when they were both in Bluefield. All position players went to the gym today and they watched the interview when it came on at around 11:20 on the bus ride back to the hotel.
The reason ESPN was interviewing him is because of his living situation. Instead of living with a host family or in an apartment, he is living in an assisted living center. It’s a pretty interesting story.
He was drafted in the 24th round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft out of Dartmouth. He played in Bluefield/Aberdeen in 2006 but did not play in 2007 due to a right rotator cuff injury that required surgery. In 2008, he again pitched in Bluefield. He had a career 3-1 mark with a 2.35 ERA out of the bullpen. Injuries really plagued his career. He is trying to get back into affiliated baseball by playing in Lake Erie.
CNN also did an article on Josh – CLICK HERE
Cleveland.Com also did a story on him – CLICK HERE
Even for a non baseball fan, this is a cool story. Since it pertains to the Orioles, it becomes that much more relevant. Most of the guys know Josh.
Until next time, Go Shorebirds!