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Fan Who Topped 90 in Stadium Booth Wins MLB Contract

23-year-old signs with Oakland A's
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2019 10:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nathan Patterson played baseball in high school, but, he says, "I didn't really have a good arm then." He didn't play in college. Then, while attending a minor league game last summer, Patterson stepped into a pitching booth and hit 96mph on the radar gun; the average major-league fastball is about 93, per CBS. The Oakland A's took notice. And at a Colorado Rockies game last month, he did it again. His brother Christian posted video of the demonstration on Twitter, saying, "Let's get him signed!" Now, the Oakland A's have obliged.

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Late last year, Patterson had surgery on his non-pitching arm after being hurt in an auto accident. With his interest in pitching renewed, he continued to train and play in a recreational league, per USA Today. He posted a photo on Instagram on Friday showing him signing his contract. "Words cannot describe this feeling," Patterson, 23, wrote. He thanked everyone who has supported him as he pursues a dream "that I’ve had since I was a little kid," including his family. (Read more MLB stories.)

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