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VSCC Alumni: Where Are They Now?

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Volunteer State Community College Alumni, Steve Delabar, went from playing college baseball for the Pioneers to playing Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners.

Delabar grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and attended Central Hardin High School where he graduated in 2001.

After high school, Delabar attended Vol State where he played baseball for the Pioneer’s from 2002 to 2004.

While attending Vol State, Delabar studied sports medicine.

Delabar said he always wanted to be involved with sports, so being able to help others recover is what attracted him to the field of study.

After attending Vol State Delabar originally had plans to continue his education, he said.

“I was going to continue my education at the University of Kentucky and play baseball with them, but I decided to sign on and play professionally instead,” he said.

According to the MLB website, Delabar began his minor league career by being selected late in the 2003 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres.

Delabar played for the Padres for several seasons but quit when he sustained a serious elbow injury in 2009.

“I had a pretty bad elbow injury in 2009 that could’ve ended my career. I broke my elbow completely and had a plate and 9 screws inserted to keep everything together. 2 years later, I made my MLB debut. I’ve had people reach out to me about how my story has inspired them. My goal was to get back to playing. Seeing how it became influential to people was very satisfying,” he said.

Delabar made his MLB debut in 2011 with The Seattle Mariners when he was 28-years-old.

According to the MLB website, he was invited to play in the 2013 MLB Allstar Game with The Toronto Blue Jays.

Delabar retired from playing in 2018, he said.

Delabar had these words of wisdom for current students, “Go to class, do your work, and don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for you. Utilize every resource you can. There’s so much more accessibility to things now, so use them.”

According to the MLB website, during his career, Delabar had 242 strike outs, a win-loss record of 15-9, and a earned run average of 4.07.

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