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Reading Baseball: Rooting for Geoff Hartlieb

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Geoff Hartlieb

Thursday was supposed to be one of the best days on the calendar for baseball fans, opening day for Major League Baseball.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the sports world. It ended spring training a couple of weeks ago and has delayed the start of the regular season.

Once players get back to the diamond, a pitcher trying to make the Pittsburgh Pirates’ roster this season has some family in southern Illinois rooting for him.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us the story of Geoff Hartlieb.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard “Pete” Peterson, the author of Growing Up With Clemente and the editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader.