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From warehouse employee to Rockies reliever, the story of Chris Martin

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Five years ago, Chris Martin was stocking shelves at an appliance store in Texas. The former high school baseball star (drafted by the Tigers and Rockies in '04 and '05) had all but given up on his MLB dreams after a severe shoulder injury. But during one lunch break, in the aisles of the warehouse, things changed.

"One day while working at Texas Appliance, his [Martin's] boss brought a ball and gloves and wanted to throw. The ball came out of Martin's hand with the old life. And the next day, he didn't hurt anymore. He thinks his body matured."

Martin took this confidence boost, and since 2010, has pitched his way through successful stints with the Independent League Grand Prairie AirHogs and four different Red Sox Minor League affiliates. This past offseason, the 6-foot-7 right-hander was traded to the Rockies and is currently competing for a job in Colorado's bullpen.

"He's made a great early impression. People are talking about the fact that he's a strike-thrower, he's in the mid-90s, he's got real good angle, is a ground-ball guy -- a lot to like about him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Check out the full story over at Rockies.com. It's a pretty great one.


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