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SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Recognizes a Few Southpaws for National Left Handers Day

(Bradenton, Fla., Aug. 9, 2016) —  As Aug. 13, also known as National Left Handers Day, approaches, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is cheering on a few of its favorite southpaws. SCF wanted to join the at least 10 percent of people celebrating the day (just one in 10 people are left-handed) by recognizing seven of our southpaws.

One of our favorites is from Manatee Junior College (MJC) days and is back in Bradenton after a career in Major League Baseball. Pat Osburn, who attended in 1968 and 1969, has been president of Boyd Insurance since 1990. He has been working at the company since 1976.

David Shipps was at Manatee Community College (MCC) in 1999 and 2000 as a pitcher and has also served SCF as an assistant coach. He played ball at the University of Central Florida in 2001 and 2002, before becoming an assistant coach. He lives in Venice and owns his own business.

Justin Zinkovich, who pitched for MCC in 2007 and 2008, is now a pitching coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton. He was an All-American at Embry Riddle University and an SCF assistant coach in 2013 and 2014.

Troy Graybill joined Zinkovich in 2007 and 2008 in the southpaw pitching ranks. He transferred to Florida Southern College where he played baseball. He is the pitching coach at Cardinal Mooney High School.

Matt Maloney, who is now a scout with the San Diego Padres, was at MCC in 2003 before transferring to the University of Mississippi and eventually playing for the Cincinnati Reds in 2009.

Alex Burgos, at SCF in 2009 and 2010, is pitching with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He signed with the Detroit Tigers as a fifth round draft pick after his second year at SCF

Devon Carr, who pitched at SCF in 2013 and 2014, is pitching in the Houston Astros organization after signing as a free agent this summer. He played at Florida Atlantic University in 2015 and 2016 and was their team captain in 2016.

 These famous SCF southpaws join a list of successful left-handers including astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Microsoft leader Bill Gates, physicist Albert Einstein and artist Michelangelo. 

Pat Osburn

Pat Osburn

Justin Zinkovich

Justin Zinkovich

Matt Maloney

 Matt Maloney

 Alex Burgos

Alex Burgos

Devon Carr

Devon Carr

 

 

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