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Continued: Scoggins: Vavra celebrates son's next step

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There’s not a hint of bitterness in his tone. He said he loves his job. In addition to coaching third, he makes defensive charts and helps with infield positioning and base running. He also organized the daily schedule in spring training.

And while he used to spend hours upon hours in the batting cage before games, he doesn’t stop by anymore.

“That’s Bruno’s job,” he said. “We confer and talk about players and things that he’s trying. But I’ve got too much to do myself.”

He has one more thing to track now. Tanner accepted his $1,000 signing bonus and was scheduled to report to Fort Myers with other draft picks this week. His father has encouraged him to keep a journal so that he can share his story with others.

“Whatever he accomplishes beyond this point, it’s just another chapter in the book,” Joe said. “He’s going to be an inspiration. He doesn’t look at it as he’s disabled. As long as he’s got that belief, why should anybody doubt him?”

 

Chip Scoggins • ascoggins@startribune.com

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