Rosengren: Meet Craig Breslow, the smartest man in baseball

From SABR member John Rosengren at City Pages on July 5, 2017:

Craig Breslow would rather you didn’t call him that.

He’s gracious enough about it. “There are a lot of worse things I could be called,” he says, seated in the Twins dugout hours before a game. “You see the trouble other athletes have gotten into. If that’s what makes me notable, I’m smart enough not to dispute it.”

As he talks—confidently, articulately—it’s clear he wants you to see him as a left-handed reliever, a guy who can get that critical out or two to shut down a rally and rescue his predecessor from a jam. To wit, just one of the guys doing his part this summer to help the overachieving Twins.

“I’m as much a baseball player as anyone else in the clubhouse.”

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Originally published: July 5, 2017. Last Updated: July 5, 2017.