A grandfather is trying to make the Orioles’ staff


Mark Hendrickson hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011. In 2014 he pitched in the independent Atlantic League. He’ll turn 41 in June. But he’s down in Sarasota at an¬†Orioles minicamp making one last go of it. Oh, and he has something else that makes him different than most pitchers:

“I’m a grandfather, for goodness sake, and that was two months ago,” Hendrickson said. “Now there’s extra motivation. How many active grandfathers have been in the big leagues? Well, that right there is motivation in itself.

Roch Kubatko’s story talks about Hendrickson changing his arm slot, which could be a big deal for tall guy like him. And getting himself ready to compete, which is a big deal for an old guy like him.

Sorta want to see a grandfather pitch in the big leagues.