Brandon Morrow Biography

Brandon Morrow Claim to Fame: Seattle Mariners Pitcher
DOB: July 26, 1984
Diabetes Type: 1

Brandon John Morrow was born on July 26, 1984 in Santa Rosa, California. He attended Rancho Cotate High School where, despite his early diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, he excelled in baseball and earned first-team all-league, first-team All-Redwood Empire, first-team All-North Coast Section, and second-team all-state honors. Morrow competed outside of school as well, playing for the California All-Star team at the 2002 Sunbelt Classic Tournament in McAlester, Oklahoma.

Morrow graduated high school in 2002 and then went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley. It was here that he was named first-team All-Pac-10 as well as National Pitcher of the Week. He also became one of 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation’s top pitcher. He was named a Cape Cod League All-Star for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2005 and the fifth best professional prospect out of the Cape Cod League.

In the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, Morrow was selected in the 1st round, 5th overall, by the Seattle Mariners. He played on the Rookie League team for one season before being invited to join the major league club. Morrow has bounced around from the starting pitcher position, to a closer, back down to the minors since his premiere with the team. In March of 2009, it was announced that Morrow would be moving to a relief role with the organization, one that allowed him to more easily maintain his blood sugar levels. Despite the challenges of living with diabetes, Morrow is currently excelling as the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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