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From the cheese counter to the Reds: Tim Adleman's unlikely path to majors

From the cheese counter to the Reds: Tim Adleman's unlikely path to majors

Here are some places you wouldn't expect to find a future Major League Baseball starting pitcher: the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies. The roster of the Lincoln Saltdogs, an independent-league team in Nebraska. The cheese counter of a small-town independent grocery store.

I mean, if you're trying to get a real job in sports, you do not want to work behind a cheese counter.

Ignore for a moment the grocery angle. Sure, Reds starting pitcher Tim Adleman still picks up the occasional $13-an-hour shift at the Village Market in Wilton, Connecticut. ("It gets really busy around the holidays, and they were like 'You know, we could always use some help from...

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