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Furmaniak Overcoming The Odds

Furmaniak played in 13 games for Pittsburgh in '05

Earlier this month, the Oakland A's inked infielder J.J. Furmaniak to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Furmaniak joins the A's from the Pirates chain, where he had spent the past one and a half seasons. A former Division II collegiate player, Furmaniak has been an underdog-who-made-good throughout his career. We recently caught up with one of the A's newest acquisitions…

J.J. Furmaniak has taken the road less traveled on his way to the major leagues. The six foot tall middle infielder was raised in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, a place normally associated more with high school football talent than baseball talent. He then went to college at Lewis University, a Division II college known more for academics than baseball prowess. However, he played well enough...

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