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Zack Greinke Exposed

May 4th 2009 20:45
The quiet and shy Royals pitcher Zack Greinke can’t hide anymore after having his picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated last week. Publicity has found the 25-year-old pitcher.

Greinke became the first Royals player since David Cone in 1993 to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Cone was on the cover previewing the baseball season. The last Royals’ player to make an in-season cover was Bo Jackson in 1989.

On Monday night, Greinke will try to become the first pitcher this season to win six games. He’s 5-0 and leads the league with a 0.50 ERA and 44 strikeouts. Until his last start, he didn’t allow an earned run. Tonight he pitches against White Sox, who has dominated him in the past. Greinke is 4-8, with a 4.63 ERA against his division-rival.

Greinke’s success has gone down a bumpy road after experiencing stress anxiety in 2006. Former Royals manager Buddy Bell noticed the problem during a bullpen session in spring training. Bell and former GM Allard Baird talked to Greinke and he left camp to seek help. He was overwhelmed with all the media attention after the Royals rushed him to the big leagues on May 22, 2004 after being a first-round pick in 2002. After close to three months of psychological counseling, he was pitching again and began making his path back to the big leagues. He returned to the major league roster in 2007 and pitched mostly out of the bullpen after struggling in the pitching rotation. Last season, Greinke returned to the rotation and started 32 games, going 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA. Now the 25-year-old at the top of his game and could be the best pitcher in the game.

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Comment by Chuck H

May 5th 2009 01:10
what a story he is.. and he will get major money from a big market team when he's a free agent.

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