Taijuan Walker Is Everything Baseball Needs, and More

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Taijuan Walker Is Everything Baseball Needs, and More
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Taijuan Walker stands 6-foot-4, weighs 215 pounds and fires 97-mph fastballs. He is bright, personable and smiles like a 21-year-old in his first week with the Seattle Mariners should: wide and often. He grew up in a single-parent household and played mom and dad for his younger brother and sister when his mother was out serving court summons deep into the night.

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