Written by Mic Huber on July 20, 2014 | Herald-Tribune
Baseball a Tradition for the Blossers
SARASOTA, Fla. – The Sarasota High baseball team has won eight state championships, and a Blosser has been a part of five of them.
Brent Blosser began the family tradition as a member of the 1973 state title team. His son, Greg, was a member of the 1987 and 1989 championship teams. And Greg’s younger brother, Douglas, played on the 1993 and 1994 state title teams. All three members of the Blosser clan were known for their hitting ability. And all three are on the Herald Tribune’s list of top 50 ball players in the Southwest Florida coverage area.
The common denominator is Brent Blosser, who played under Sarasota coach Eddie Howell and was a teammate of current coach Clyde Metcalf. Howell and Metcalf have described Brent Blosser as possessing the best right-handed swing they have seen.
“The guy was good, man, real good,” says Metcalf. Howell insists that Brent Blosser was a magician at the plate. Not only was Brent Blosser a great hitter but he was able to teach the art of hitting to both of his sons despite the fact that Greg and Doug batted from the left side.
“The swing those two boys had was the swing Brent Blosser taught them,” Metcalf says. “(Greg and Doug) were very similar. They were very good hitters and Brent did a tremendous job developing those two. They were taught by one of the best.”
Greg Blosser finished his three years as a starter at Sarasota High with a career .401 batting average (.433 as a sophomore), 16 home runs and 102 RBIs. Doug Blosser ended his high school career with a .375 average, 17 home runs and 76 RBIs. He had a scintillating senior season, hitting .447, with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs.
“What Doug did as a senior is truly amazing,” Greg Blosser said. “You have to remember that he was playing on a big league field. I used to love and watch him hit.”
Brent Blosser, who led Sarasota in hitting and RBIs as a senior, was already a father by the time he played briefly at Edison Community College. His sons were both drafted by Major League organizations.
Greg Blosser was taken in the first round of the 1989 draft, with the No. 16 overall pick, by the Boston Red Sox. Doug Blosser was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the third round, with the No. 77 overall pick. Greg Blosser played professional baseball for more than a decade.
Doug Blosser, who played in the Royals’ organization, died at the age of 21, in 1998, when a car he was driving crashed on Honore Road in Sarasota. The accident came just four months after Doug Blosser delivered a eulogy at the funeral of close friend and former teammate Doug Million, who died in Sept. 1998 after an asthma attack while playing for the Colorado Rockies organization in the Arizona Fall Instructional League.
Doug, who was a batboy for the Sailors when Greg played on the 1987 state championship team, batted left-handed but threw right-handed. “I really enjoyed seeing Doug win those titles. Our family is proud to be a part of those state championships,” Greg Blosser said.
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