In two separate goodwill gestures, the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros drafted college athletes whose careers were ended by accidents that left them paralyzed.
Texas drafted University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor with its 33rd round pick while Houston followed suit by selecting San Jacinto College reliever Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round. Taylor suffered a broken neck back in March due to an outfield collision with a teammate. Lamothe’s injury occurred during a swimming accident that took place last month.
No word yet on any other ways that the teams might get involved in supporting these two young men, but these moves alone speak volumes to the class of both organizations.
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