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Texeira gets Triple-A chance in Atlanta Braves system

July 12, 2014 - Robert Collias
Kanekoa Texeira is now the old guy.

"The game has got a little bit better as I got older," the big right-hander from Kula told me during a phone interview earlier this week. "I got to see older guys pitch and I got to pick their brain a little bit. I'm at the point right now where there's younger guys trying to pick my brain. I'm actually a better pitcher now than I was back then."

After nearly giving up the game in the offseason, the 28-year-old Texeira was mired in the independent Atlantic League until he got a call from the Atlanta Braves organization and signed a contract on June 23 — he was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Here is the start of my story from today's paper:

This winter, Kanekoa Texeira was about to call it a career in baseball before his girlfriend asked him to give it one more shot.

That meant signing with the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League, long bus rides, cramped clubhouses in small stadiums and less than $150 a week in salary.

Two weeks ago, the former major league pitcher from Kula was signed by the Atlanta Braves organization and assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

"I was supposed to start one day (for Bridgeport) and I get a phone call from the manager and he said, 'Hey, you have got to call the Braves' and once those words came out, I said, 'Uh oh,' " Texeira said during a phone interview earlier this week. "So, I gave the Braves a call and they told me not to pitch, get in my car and drive down to Gwinnett, I'm going to start today down there.

"So I got in my car and drove 16 hours."

The Bluefish were in Pennsylvania at the time, so Texeira had to drive to Connecticut to grab his gear and head for Georgia.

"I got in at noon, at 3 went to the ballpark and we got rained out,'" he said. "So I got to go home, sleep and pitch the next day."

Texeira is 1-0 with a 3.78 earned run average in three appearances with the G-Braves.

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