54-Year Old Tries Out At Tigers’ Spring Training

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Tom Wright, a 54-year-old knuckleballer, sent on a press release Tuesday saying he’s been invited to try out for the Detroit Tigers March 4 at their spring training facility in Lakeland, Fla.

Is he for real? He didn’t respond to calls, but the team checked and later confirmed he did not receive an invitation.

So it’s up to you decide. See him throw below.

Wright said he was a former outfielder who went to major league spring training with the NY Yankees; he also played in the Mexican Major Leagues.

Wright sent out a YouTube video link to the Major League Teams of him throwing the knuckleball, lifting, running, and hitting.

“Foreign teams in Belgium, Britain, and Greece would also like to have him play for a team in their leagues,” he said in the press release. “Most of these MLB invites are for try-out camps, but Steve Wilson, the Pacific Rim Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs, invited Wright out to Arizona as he wants to see him throw the knuckleball in person.”

The press release goes on to say: “So why are MLB teams still interested in a 54-year-old knuckleball pitcher? Take a look at the YouTube video that Wright prepared (which has been viewed over 1,000 times) and maybe you will understand.”


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