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Lipscomb the site of Joseph's childhood, college career

Caleb Joseph, C, Orioles
Nashville, Tenn.

Joseph came to love baseball as a child in Nashville living right on the edge of Lipscomb University's campus. Joseph's father, Mark, played baseball at Lipscomb, as did his grandfather on his mother's side, Gary Waller.

Joseph's parents never needed to worry about entertainment -- they took him to watch the Bisons during the season. When they needed to clean the house, they would just plop Caleb in front of the TV to watch the Braves on TBS or the Cubs on WGN.

Joseph began playing baseball away from all the ultra-competitive youth leagues in Nashville, instead playing in the Lipscomb-Green Hills Baseball League founded by Waller -- the same league where Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey started playing.

Like his family members before him, Joseph wound out playing at Lipscomb after Southeastern Conference powerhouses Vanderbilt University and University of Arkansas eschewed the catcher.

"It worked out being there. I really enjoyed my time," Joseph said. "I was happy that I ended up going there."

David Wilson is an associate reporter for
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