Michael Schlact: A Hard-Fought Journey


Michael Schlact’s journey started when he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft. Many scouts and baseball personnel believed that Schlact had the potential to be an impact arm in the Majors. Things don’t always work out as one would like, and after struggling between Single and Double-A, his shoulder needed surgery. He recovered but wasn’t really able to pitch like his old self.

After the 2010 season, Schlact’s contract wasn’t extended and he said good-bye to his first and only MLB organization, the Texas Rangers. Because of the surgery, Schlact wasn’t able to yield a contract from an MLB organization. Schlact wasn’t about to give up on a dream that he had since he was a young boy, so he decided to join a Southern Maryland independent league team. With joining the independent league, Schlact was given the chance to prove that he did belong in organized baseball.

In 2012, another obstacle struck Michael’s life when he was told he would need yet another shoulder surgery. In baseball a second shoulder surgery is known as the end to most careers. Michael Schlact’s story doesn’t end there. In 2013, he played a few innings for an independent league team in Pensacola, FL.

What makes Michael’s story very powerful is that he has shared his thoughts and emotions with his fans through twitter, while inspiring them all at the same time. With 15,000 followers on twitter, Michael has been able to impact baseball players and non-baseball players every day, with his story and work ethic. He inspires people to keep going and to reach for their dreams even if others say their out of reach.

In 2015 Michael Schlact finds himself on the other side of the diamond, as a coach for the Fargo Moorhead Red Hawks. He continues to inspire people on twitter and his MLB blog, with the hopes of helping people through difficult situations.

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