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Torii Hunter Jr. leaves Notre Dame football to play baseball

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The son of Torii Hunter — Torii Hunter, Jr. — was a star football and baseball player in high school. When he was getting ready to graduate there was a lot of speculation as to which sport he would choose. He chose football and accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame. He became a team captain, eventually, and caught 73 passes, six for touchdowns, in 26 games.

Flash forward a few years and Hunter has decided that he’d rather play baseball. He is bypassing his final year of football eligibility to go play in the Angels system. They drafted him in the 23rd round this past June. His father, of course, starred for the Angels from 2008 through 2012.

Hunter hasn’t played a full season of baseball since he was a high school junior in 2012, so he may have a pretty steep hill to climb. But it’s a hill he wants to climb, so good luck to him.

 

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.