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Bad weather at Angels camp is nothing new for Steve Geltz

Bizarre weather blew threw the Cactus League this week, with rain, hail, snow, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria, etc. on Wednesday. (Okay, that part about the cats and dogs wasn't true, but sometimes, you just gotta throw in a Ghostbusters reference, right?)

But the conditions fit Angels pitcher Steve Geltz like a glove, pun intended. Geltz was born in Newfane, N.Y., about an hour away from Niagara Falls. He later attended the University at Buffalo. Growing up, Geltz consistently played baseball indoors or on fields freshly tended to by a snowplow. Pitching in sub-20 degree weather was a common occurrence. 

Geltz pitched with the Bulls from 2006-08, posting a 1.69 ERA in 14 appearances during his final season. He eventually signed a free agent contract with the Angels and worked his way up through the Minor Leagues, becoming the first Buffalo alum to break into the big leagues in 18 years last season.

Now, he's undoubtedly enjoying playing under the sun, the recent Arizona anomaly notwithstanding.

-- Jordan Hamm / Contributor to

This post is part of a Cactus League partnership between and Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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