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My path to the pros

Twins reliever Glen Perkins recalls the days before he got paid to play

Originally Published: July 3, 2013
By LaRue Cook | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

I actually didn't start playing baseball until sixth grade. It was just in-state, though, in the Lower St. Croix Valley in Minnesota. I played soccer in grade school too, starting in fifth grade, I think, and I played through seventh. But it was just too much running. And I started basketball in fourth and played for five years, but Dave Winfield, who's a Minnesota native, his brother opened a dome where you could play winter baseball. That, well, ended my basketball ...

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