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Lorenzo Cain

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Lorenzo Cain

 

Lorenzo Cain is one of the most improbable stars in MLB history.

After getting cut from the basketball team his freshman year at Madison County High School (Madison County, Florida), Cain eventually went out for the baseball team.

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Lorenzo Cain is one of the most improbable stars in MLB history.

After getting cut from the basketball team his freshman year at Madison County High School (Madison County, Florida), Cain eventually went out for the baseball team.

Cain knew absolutely nothing about the sport and didn't own any equipment, but due to low participation numbers, he made the junior varsity team as a sophomore.

While learning the sport from scratch so late was a big challenge, Cain had excellent athleticism and a relentless work ethic.

He rode the pine on varsity as a junior before finally cracking the starting line-up his senior year.

One year as a starter was enough for the Milwaukee Brewers to decide that Cain's tools made up for his rawness, and the team selected him in the 17th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

After a stint with the Kansas City Royals that saw Cain blossom into an excellent player and capture a World Series ring, the outfielder is back with Milwaukee.

Cain was named an All-Star for the 2018 season.

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