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Sanchez enjoys being clubfoot ambassador

Sanchez enjoys being clubfoot ambassador

Throughout his 39 years, Burbank High alumnus Freddy Sanchez has known two sides of clubfoot.

The 2006 National League batting champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates was born with a right clubfoot and a pigeon-toed left foot.

Around 150,000-200,000 babies per year are afflicted with clubfoot, which the Mayo Clinic describes as “a range of foot abnormalities usually present at birth (congenital) in which your baby's foot is twisted out of shape or position. In clubfoot, the tissues connecting the muscles to the bone (tendons) are shorter than usual.”

Surgery at a young age corrected his clubfoot, but not without cost, as Sanchez believes his Major League Baseball career...

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