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It would be difficult for anyone not to root for Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Chad Cordero.
Cordero has thrown only 15 innings since 2008, enduring shoulder surgery that saw his mid-90s fastball barley crack 85 mph on the radar.
Then, the unthinkable happened.
Cordero's 11-week-old daughter, Tehya, died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in December 2010. His world came crashing down upon him.
Now, less than two years later, Cordero is attempting his comeback with the Angels. He led the majors with 47 saves pitching for the Washington Nationals in 2005. Those days are long gone, and Cordero is valiantly trying to earn a bullpen slot.
His journey back may not be with the Angels, however. Cordero has struggled, giving up eight runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings for a 19.64 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting .444 off of him as well.
Cordero deserves to be rooted for—he's a terrific young man with deep family roots and is considered an excellent clubhouse presence.
It's possible that the Angels believe in him enough to allow him to continue his comeback by working at the Triple-A level.
I, for one, will continue rooting him on.