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Father's Day: Orioles' Kevin Gausman learns lessons in persistence, passion from his dad

Father's Day: Orioles' Kevin Gausman learns lessons in persistence, passion from his dad

Before Kevin Gausman was a key member of the Orioles rotation, before he was a top prospect and a top-five draft pick, he struggled to find his way off the bench as a kid. Before an adolescent growth spurt gave him the long frame he owns today, Gausman was undersized, and often forgotten.

That would sometimes mean some frustrating rides home from games for Gausman when his father, Clair, would encourage him that if he continued to work hard, he could be successful. Clair’s aspirations for his son didn’t include the major leagues at the time. Instead, he stressed that baseball could one day help him get an education.

Kevin’s brother, Brian – seven years his elder – pitched...

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