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USF Alum Adam Cimber Traded To The Cleveland Indians In Time For Stretch Run

Written by on August 20, 2018

Written by Sam Pasco

If you’re a baseball fan, you’re probably aware that your favorite team most likely made a trade (exchanging players for each other) during this past month.

The Oakland A’s made a flurry of moves, acquiring multiple pitchers in contrast to the SF Giants who didn’t make any major moves. But if you look to the cellar of the NL West, the San Diego Padres made a significant deal with the Cleveland Indians, trading their All-Star closer Brad Hand for a very highly touted catching prospect.

Included in that deal was, at the time, a relatively unknown sidearm relief pitcher by the name of Adam Cimber. Cimber, born in Portland Oregon, is a University of San Francisco alumnus. Cimber transferred from the University of Washington to USF back in 2013 to follow his pitching coach. Shortly after, Cimber was drafted in the 9th round of the Padres in the 2013 draft. He then was assigned to the Eugene Emeralds, a minor league team formerly affiliated with the Padres.

During the offseason, USF would allow Cimber to train in their facilities and it was during this time that I met Adam. Like other current and former USF baseball players, they participate in youth camps and private coaching for young baseball players in the city. I trained with him and had a chance to learn about pitching and his sidearm delivery. I learned that he wasn’t the biggest or strongest player in high school, which forced him to try something unique, thus leading to the sidearm motion he now utilizes.

For the youth baseball players of San Francisco, he provides an example that someone does “make it to the pro’s.” As a former youth and current high school baseball player in the city, I know it can be difficult to stay motivated playing, with long, traffic-filled drives to various fields around the city, cold Saturday morning games and abrasive coaches. But for me, Adam has proven that there really can be a “light at the end of the tunnel” with hard work and a little luck.

In a way, he’s humanized the process, as he has become an exceptional pitcher by having constantly worked on his craft, and demonstrated that players who make it to the Majors aren’t some mythical, baseball-bred athletes at an elite sophisticated baseball academy, but can be friendly, local, hard-working member of the San Francisco community.

Between split time with the Padres and Indians this year, he’s pitched to a 3-5 record with a 3.69 ERA and 52 strikeouts over 53.2 innings pitched. As of writing, Cleveland is first in the AL Central and are positioned to make the postseason.

— Sam Pasco


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