By LARRY VAUGHT
Karma can work in many, many different ways.
Former Boyle County High School standout Jacob Bodner started his professional baseball career last summer after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals following his collegiate career at Xavier.
He did well and was assigned to pitch for the Lexington Legends this season.
His father, Scott, played a huge role in his career, but also has been battling cancer. He was thrilled he got to see his son drafted and be honored by the Royals last year. He was even more thrilled he got to go to Lexington to see him pitch earlier this season.
Scott Bodner lost his battle with cancer last week. However, I know he had to be so proud of his son after he was promoted from Lexington to advanced A Wilmington of the Carolina League.
Bodner had a 2-0 record and an earned run average of 3.60 in seven relief appearances for the Legends. He recorded three saves.
Bodner made his professional debut in 2015 with Burlington of the Appalachian League. The Royals named him as Burlington’s Pitcher of the Year after he compiled a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 0.77 in 16 appearances. He had five saves.
“It was great to have Jacob with us, and to have his friends and family nearby to add their support, but the object in minor league baseball is to move up,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “Jacob has done a great job for the Legends, and we wish him and his family well as he continues to make progress in his baseball career.”
Same here and I just know that Scott Bodner will be watching his son every time he takes the mound and smiling proudly every time he throws a pitch.