Why this summer marks a milestone anniversary in the development of Chris Sale


JUNE 22, 2018

For Chris Sale, the summer of 2018 represents a milestone anniversary of sorts, and one that is probably best understood by a member of the Mariners organization. This season marks the 10-year checkpoint for a summer of transformation that in many ways served as the point of departure for Sale’s emergence as one of the game’s true standouts.

In 2008, after a freshman season spent mostly in the bullpen at Florida Gulf Coast University (21 games, 36 innings, 3.47 ERA, 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings), Sale drove out to Wisconsin to take part in the summer Northwoods League. There, he played for the La Crosse Loggers, a team overseen by coach Andy McKay.

McKay, now the Mariners director of player development, saw a pitcher with enormous but unrealized potential. In conjunction with hitting coach (and former big leaguer) Greg Vaughn and pitching coach Derek Tate, he saw a chance to make an impact.

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