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Experience the adventure of a lifetime. And that's not a suggestion
2008-06-12 21:29
by Bob Timmermann

Mitch Harris, the 13th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals and a U.S. Naval Academy grad, was told by the Navy today to report for work.

And not at A ball. Harris has been ordered to start serving his five-year military commitment. Harris will first report to the amphibious ship Ponce in Norfolk.

"He will report to his ship as ordered," Cmdr. Jeff Davis, a Navy spokesman, told The Associated Press.


"Bottom line is, we're a nation at war and as a nation at war we believe it is inappropriate for Navy and Marine Corps personnel to be released from service obligation to play sports at a time other sailors and Marines are carrying out their service obligations," Davis said.

According to, there has been only one Annapolis grad to play in the majors. Nemo Gaines pitched in four games for Washington in 1921.

2008-06-12 22:36:03
1.   Bob Hendley
Quick, get me Al Davis' number.
2008-06-12 22:55:35
2.   Eric Enders
Nemo. Awesome nickname for an Annapolis guy.
2008-06-12 23:33:48
3.   Linkmeister
Unlike the NFL, which is allowing a recent West Point grad to go to camp and play if he makes it, rather than go lead a platoon in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Mixed feelings about this, I have.

2008-06-13 00:39:34
4.   Greg Brock
I'm not sure what the punishment for a commissioned officer is, but he can always smoke some pot, get 45 days in the brig, 45 days on restriction, and a dishonorable discharge.

Then, he can play all the baseball he likes.

2008-06-13 08:06:07
5.   misterjohnny
I think it might be different if he were actually a prospect. I'm guessing he went in the 13th round because he's really not that good (but I could be wrong, I have no idea what kind of player he is).

The academies are accomodating when the player is really good, and will be good PR for them. If they let him play, he'll likely languish in the lower minors for a while before quitting. That doesn't help the Navy.

2008-06-13 10:51:49
6.   Bob Timmermann
I've read that he would have been a higher pick if he hadn't had the 5-year Navy duty ahead of him.
2008-06-13 20:47:34
7.   El Lay Dave
"... amphibious ship Ponce ..." It should be named the Aristophanes.

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