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The 20th Opening Day for the Fresno Grizzlies is Thursday evening. Once again, the team welcomes 25 men with Major League aspirations.

GV Wire chatted with three players: RHP Brady Rodgers (see interview above), 1B A.J. Reed and OF Jon Kemmer (see below).

Rodgers is the reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year. He made his big league debut with Houston after a September call-up, posting a 0-1 record in five games. We talked about his goals after such a successful Triple-A campaign, which also saw him start the All-Star Game for the PCL.

Reed is a hulking 6′ 4″, 275 pound first baseman out of Terre Haute, IN. He too made his MLB debut with Houston last year. We talked about the other sport in high school he played (hint: it wasn’t football).

Kemmer is the only member of the trio who has yet to see big league time. He spent the entire 2016 season in Fresno, his first in Triple A, batting .265, slugging .477 with 18 homers and 69 RBI. He talked about growing up in western Pennsylvania and the best pranks he’s seen.


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David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email