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Mumba Rivera: Ditches Hoops for the Diamond

Everett RHP Mumba Rivera, the Mariners 21st round pick in 2004, didn't play baseball from age 15-through-19. Then, one day as a freshman at a community college in Iowa, the Virgin Islands native said something that ended up changing his future. Don't miss out on this fascinating story.

By age 15, Mumba Rivera had put down his bat, taken off his glove and given up on baseball in his homeland of the Virgin Islands. A native of St. Croix, the one-time centerfielder preferred to play basketball whenever he had the chance. It was that dedication to hoops that brought him to Marshalltown Community College in Iowa, where he sat on the bench redshirting as a freshman. And it was...

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