With nine seasons’ worth of experience from four different teams, Will Harris is no longer a name that makes people squint in thoughts when they hear it. Maybe people still do but, at least, not for baseball lovers. The Relief Pitcher made his debut to the Major Leagues almost in 2012, and ever since, it has been from one big team to the other.
Will Harris is a pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Without a doubt, Will is a familiar face in the world of sports but there are certain things you might not know about him.
Here are five things picked from a long list of “Things you Didn’t know about Will Harris”.
Will played high school and collegiate baseball
Will Taylor Haris was born on the 28th of August 1884 in Houston, Texas but moved to Slidell, Louisiana. Will has an older brother Clay, who was an infielder for Louisiana State University in the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor league system, and a younger brother named Dylan.
In Slidell, Will officially played baseball for Slidell High School until graduated and joined the collegiate baseball team of Louisiana State University popularly known as the LSU Tigers.
In the summer of 2004, Will joined the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Will Harris is married
Sportsmen are known to flaunt their girlfriends and wives whenever they get the slightest chance. Unlike conventional sportsmen, Harris seems to enjoy keeping his private life private. It is often normal for some fans to second-guess his marital status.
Harris is married to Caroline Bergeron Harris, his college sweetheart. They tied the knot on the 14th of December in 2010. Their marriage is blessed with two beautiful kids – Lily, born in April 2012 and Jack, born in October 2015.
Will Harris appeared once in two seasons
After a successful college career, Harris was selected by Colorado Rookies in the ninth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Harris made several appearances in minor leagues like Low-A Tri-City Dust Devils, Single-A Asheville Tourists and High-A Modesto Nuts until 2009 where he made just a single appearance for Tri-City and didn’t play at all in 2010.
However, the following year recorded an outstanding performance in his name which earned him a place in the major league for the first time.
The reason for Harris’ long absence from the field is still unknown to us but, certainly, it wasn’t due to injury.
Harris first all-star game was in 2016
In the first quarter of 2013, Harris was claimed off waivers by Oakland Athletics only to be claimed three days later by The Arizona Diamondbacks. On November 3, 2014, the star pitcher was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros. The following year Harris appeared in 68 games for the Astros.
In 2016, Haris was invited with the Houston Astros to his first All-Star game. Harris finished the season with an ERA of 2.25 in 66 appearances and 12 saves.
Harris was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome
2020 marked the beginning of a new chapter in his career when he signed a three-year guaranteed contract with Washington Nationals said to be worth $24m.
He recorded a solid season for the year but 2021 wasn’t pretty for the 6 foot 3 inches tall sportsman, he was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome caused by physical trauma or repetitive injuries from sports-related activities. The report shows that Harris struggled to a 9.00 ERA in a total of eight games for the Nationals.
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