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Former Hednricken baseball graduates making big moves

Bishop Hendricken graduates Tom Pannone (left){ } and Michael King, both left-handed pitchers, stopped by NBC 10 News to discuss their latest endeavors. (WJAR)

Bishop Hendricken graduates Tom Pannone and Michael King, both left-handed pitchers, stopped by NBC 10 News to discuss their latest endeavors.

King was involved in Derek Jeter’s first trade with his old team, sending the Warwick native from Miami to the New York Yankees organization.

“It’s a weird feeling. It’s really exciting,” King said. “I know I’m going to miss all the friendships I made, all the coaches that I had. It’s definitely unfamiliar territory, but I’m definitely excited to go with another organization. They are my hometown team. I have grown up loving the Yankees.”

As for Pannone, the reliever was added to the Toronto Blue Jays. He is expected to be starting the season in Triple-A Buffalo, which is in the same division as the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“Definitely exciting getting that phone call yesterday,” said Pannone. “I had a good feeling I had a chance of getting on the 40-man roster with them. When the call came in, it was relieving and definitely exciting. I am just blessed to be in this situation with the Blue Jays.”

Both players told NBC 10 they have fond memories of their high school careers.

“I always think about back to the days when I played at Hendricken with these guys and baseball was awesome,” said Pannone. “We had the best team and a great group of guys. I always miss those times.”

King shared similar sentiments.

“I always feel like you can see a difference in a Hendricken kid from another school,” he said. “They are always good, high-character kids. They play hard, they know how to win (and) they compete. It’s just the difference in mentality and I think it’s totally taught at Hendricken.”

Both guys will be looking forward to the holidays and then their eyes are set on spring training.

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