Boston Red Sox prospect Noah Song will take no less than a yr off from baseball as he fulfills his Navy commitments, studies say.
A fourth-round draft choose final yr, Song obtained official orders to report to flight faculty at Naval Air Station Pensacola no later than June 26, the Capital Gazette reported Wednesday.
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The 23-year-old pitcher graduated from the Naval Academy in Could 2019 as a commissioned naval flight officer. The next month he was chosen by the Red Sox.
In accordance to the Gazette, he submitted a waiver request to the Division of Protection asking to switch to the reserves so he might pursue his profession in baseball however in April he modified the request to as an alternative pursue flight faculty.
“The original waiver, which requested the ability to continue my service by transferring my commission to the Navy Reserves and concurrently pursuing a professional baseball career with the Red Sox organization, gave me the best chance to make it to the major leagues,” Song mentioned in an announcement issued by means of the Naval Academy public affairs workplace.
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“However, I understand transferring immediately into the reserves is unlikely because the law and policy in my case do not permit it,” the assertion continued.
In accordance to the report, Song can apply for early launch subsequent Could — though it might be unlikely.
“Obviously my service time for my country and our service members is a huge thing that I value and I feel very passionate about,” Song mentioned in his assertion, obtained by MassLive.com. “So on that finish, one thing like that, it goes into my very own private targets in life: my self-fulfillment and issues I would like to accomplish all through my lifetime.
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“From the baseball aspect, really the reason why I’m playing baseball or why I even want to keep playing baseball at this level is obviously it’s fun and everything,” he said. “But it’s really kind of about the competition level … At the end of the day, I want to know for myself just kind of how far Noah Song is able to play baseball. Whether that be in Short A and this is it, or maybe a level higher or two. Really for me, it’s just trying to see where my peak is.”