Ross Ohlendorf, We Need You

Ross Ohlendorf has stirred Nats fans with his fast pitch, but he stirred yours truly with his Texas Longhorn cattle herd. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Ross Ohlendorf has stirred Nats fans with his fast pitch, but he stirred yours truly with his Texas Longhorn cattle herd. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Ross Ohlendorf is 31 years old, has pitched for three different Major League Baseball teams and has been a part of six MLB organizations. He has a solid major league résumé, yet calling him a “farmhand” still wouldn’t be totally off-base. The career journeyman, who signed a major league deal with the Washington Nationals during this past offseason, is also a rancher. He raises longhorn cattle on his family’s ranch in Austin, Texas. Although his schedule is usually filled from March through September, Ohlendorf still spends his offseasons helping with the livestock care.

For many years Ross Ohlendorf and his dad Curtis have worked with the same tenacious demand for quality in the cow herd at their Rocking O Ranch outside of Austin, Texas as Ross has worked to put a pitch in the upper ninety mph speed right on a 2″ target. These genetic details are revealed in quality cattle and cheering fans.

Ross was a very effective pitcher for the 2013 Nationals. With an old-fashioned windup (that reminds me of when I was pitching back in the dark ages) and mid-90s heat on his fastball, he started a few games and also came out of the bullpen.  The windup plus heat combination would upset the timing of many hitters and that was the key to his effectiveness.  The team sure could use him right now!

He’ll be on the disabled list (DL) until mid-May with a back strain.

Ross is one of 4 major leagers who went to Princeton.  And there are several more playing in the minors today.  This school has (surprise!) turned into a significant producer of baseball talent. Only 12 schools in the country have more than 4 former students playing in the majors.  The coach, Scott Bradley, played major-league ball for eight years and is clearly doing a good job.

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