CLEMSON — The legend of Clate Schmidt grows in national stature. Even his decision to spurn Major League Baseball for another year can’t keep him away from the pros.
As the Clemson pitcher continues his recovery from nodular sclerosis following last month’s diagnosis, Schmidt will be featured throughout Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend festivities tonight and tomorrow in Cincinnati.
Schmidt will be recognized during “Stand Up 2 Cancer” promotional statements, both Monday during the Home Run Derby and Tuesday during the All-Star Game, according to Clemson.
Each year during the Midsummer Classic, MLB and the TV networks team up during moments of cancer awareness, utilizing cancer placards to raise funds and support for Stand Up 2 Cancer.
Schmidt and his family have traveled to the Great American Ballpark for the week. That camp includes his brother, Clarke, soon to be a sophomore relief pitcher for South Carolina.
Clate Schmidt was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, but is choosing to return to Clemson for his senior season. He is expected to make a full recovery and resume his baseball career.
The Home Run Derby will be televised Monday at 8 p.m. by ESPN and the All-Star Game is Tuesday at 7 p.m. on FOX. More details on Schmidt’s week can be found here.