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Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker's toil in minors was worth the trouble

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker's toil in minors was worth the trouble

Matt Shoemaker walked into the Angels' spring-training clubhouse in February, and there among the five corner lockers reserved for established major league starting pitchers was a cubicle with his name and No. 52 above it. If there was a soundtrack to accompany the moment, it would have been the "Hallelujah Chorus." Shoemaker was not even drafted after his junior season at Eastern Michigan in 2008 and signed as a free agent for $10,000. He toiled in the minor leagues for six years, earning less in a six-month season than he did as a substitute teacher over the winter. He drove a 2001 Ford Taurus for a decade because he couldn't afford a new car. Outside of his...

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