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The topic: Nathan Adcock
Our view: Hard work earned MLB spot
When Nathan Adcock played baseball as a youngster, he never expected to one day be able to call himself a Major League player.
Today, he can.
The right-hander is a Kansas City Royal and when the team opens the season this week at home, he will be one of 25 players on the roster.
From his days as a player in the Radcliff Baseball and Softball Association and North Hardin High School, to earning a job as a Major League player is quite an accomplishment. Adcock is likely the first Hardin Countian to play in the Major Leagues since Mark Bradley of Elizabethtown played for the New York Mets in 1983.
Drafted in the fifth round out of high school by the Seattle Mariners and later traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Adcock was selected by the Royals in last December's Rule 5 draft. That provided him with a chance to enter a Major League training camp and his best opportunity to make a Major League roster.
Opportunity is rare in the world of professional sports. For the 23-year-old Vine Grove native, it was an opportunity that he has seized, performing well in camp to lock down a roster spot against many players who had been at higher levels in the professional ranks.
With an undaunted commitment to being fully prepared through rigorous offseason workouts when camp opened last month in Surprise, Ariz., Adcock will hear his name called out Thursday when the Royals face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It will no doubt be an emotional experience for Adcock and many of his family members who will be in the stands.
Something that we can take from Adcock's journey is this: Stay focused on the task at hand and work at what you want to accomplish and you never know what the future may hold.
There may be another Nathan Adcock playing baseball here right now or perhaps a student with a similar dream involving space flight, engineering, robotics, performing arts or any of a thousand other goals. Adcock's example speaks to them all.cock's example speaks to them all.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.