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Brent Suter just celebrated his 28th birthday.  Most Harvard graduates in environmental science and public policy are usually moving onto something really interesting by the time they’re 28.

Suter is doing exactly that as he’s in the heat of a pennant race with Milwaukee as they chase a wild-card spot in the National League.  A late call-up last year, Suter has thrown in 17 games for the Brewers with a 2-2 record. He’s also picked up some national notoriety with his nickname of “The Raptor” given to him due to his gangly run.  At 6-foot-5, he may not be elegant, but he’s effective.

"Life is good," Suter said with his perpetual grin (off the field). "I'm very grateful for everything."

The lefty has willingly recreated his “Raptorness” in front of cameras having recently been featured on MLB.com’s “Intentional Talk” with Ohio native Chris Rose and former big leaguer Cliff Floyd.  At Miller Park, where he swings a respectable .231 bat (3-for-13 this season) his walk-up music is the “Jurassic Park” theme.

"I run more parallel to the ground than the average person," Suter said. "It kind of looks like a dinosaur or something."

A minor league teammate utilized Suter's  "prehistoric" acting skills in Dubsmash videos and the moniker has stuck.

It’s certainly not a bad way of life for a 31st-round draft pick.  Brewers general manager David Stearns is also a Harvard grad as is the scout that drafted Suter, so the Crimson connection has helped.  Suter’s velocity doesn’t break any radar guns, but his pitch placement and movement have served him well.

It’s now September, and the lefty out of Moeller has his best postseason opportunity since the spring of 2008 with the Crusaders.   As a senior outfielder, Suter hit .389 with four doubles, three triples, a pair of home runs and 30 RBI in 32 games.  On the bump, he was 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 31 ⅓ innings.  Moeller held a lead in their Division I state semifinal with Cleveland St. Ignatius but fell short.

"That was a tough one," Suter said. "We had a great run. We had a great regional final with Lakota East that I remember we ended up winning."

Suter pitched three shutout innings Sept. 3 in in a 7-2 Brewers win. Against the Reds Sept. 6, he added a scoreless inning in relief but Milwaukee lost 7-1.

He was permitted to stay back and visit family that evening before rejoining the Brewers in Chicago the following night to face the Cubs.

That exit between Cincinnati and Columbus

Washington Court House is a familiar stop on I-71 when heading north from the Queen City to Columbus.  In addition to a convenient McDonald’s, gas and an outlet mall.  The area is known for former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter and former Reds reliever Jeff Shaw.

Shaw was a top closer for the Reds who made the All-Star team in 1998. He then was infamously traded to the Dodgers (for Paul Konerko and Dennys Reyes). Though his All-Star numbers came as a Red, he suited up as a Dodger at the Midsummer Classic.   His son, Travis, doesn’t pitch but hits the hardball for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The left-handed hitter has taken over third base and the clean-up spot for Milwaukee.

"I remember bits and pieces but not a lot," Shaw said looking back at his father's time as a Red. "I remember more of his time in LA than I do here. He was the (Reds) set-up man for (Jeff) Brantley, then he was the closer. That's when his career really took off."

Just as Mike and Shirley Suter have graced Great American Ballpark this series to watch their son, so have Jeff and Julie Shaw to watch their favorite third baseman.  Now 27, Shaw made the bigs originally with Boston and slugged 13 homers in 61 games in 2015. Last year, he smacked 16 in 116 with the Red Sox, where he played with another local product, Madeira’s Andrew Benintendi.

"This is my first time in the National League, so for a lot of my family and friends, this is the first time they've seen my professionally," Shaw said. 

Traded to the Brewers in December, Shaw has been raking with  27 homers in 84 RBI in 120 games, thus earning his distinct nickname, “The Mayor of Ding-Dong City”.

 

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