KEVIN ON CAM
WE INTRODUCED YOU TO TANNER VAVRA IN 20-10.
WHEN, AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN- HE LED MADISON COLLEGE
IN HITTING- BATTING OVER 400 FOR THE SEASON.
BUT TANNER'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON THE DIAMOND GO BEYOND
THAT'S WHY 4 YEARS LATER- HE'S STILL PLAYING.
WITH NO END IN SIGHT...
LIFE IN THE EYE OF TANNER VAVRA.
WOULD THAT BE A GREAT NAME FOR A REALITY SHOW?
THE REALITY FOR TANNER VAVRA THESE DAYS IS THAT HE'S
DOING WHAT HE'S ALWAYS WANTED TO DO.
Tanner - 01;11;16;03 I'm playing professional baseball.
It doesn't get much more real than that.
AFTER 3 SEASONS IN MADISON, AND 2 AT DIVISION 1 VALPORAISO,
TANNER WAS DRAFTED BY THE MINNESOTA TWINS IN 2013.
HE'S IN HIS SECOND SEASON WITH THE ORGANIZATION, PLAYING
FOR THE SINGLE A AFFILIATE, THE CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS.
Tanner - :48 I owe alot of my success to Madison,
and alot of it to coach Davenport and coach Thieleke
and the rest of the staff there.
Other than my dad, those are the people that shaped
me and molded me.
Mike Davenport/Madison College Coach - 02;04;32;00 I
think he was a perfect match for where he was at in
his life and the type of guy we look for.
I hope they give him some time here for a few years,
because the one thing he's shown in his life is that
he can adjust.
It just takes him a little bit of time to adapt to
the different levels.
TANNER'S BEEN ABLE TO ADAPT BECAUSE HE SEES POSSIBLITY,
WHERE OTHERS SEE LIMITATION.
YOU SEE, TANNER IS BLIND IN RIGHT EYE.
HE HAS BEEN SINCE HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD.
IN SPITE OF THAT, HE WAS THREE SPORT ATHLETE IN HIGH
SCHOOL, AND HAS HAD SUCCESS EVERYWHERE HE'S PLAYED.
BUT THERE ARE STILL THOSE THAT DOUBT THE GUY WITH
JUST DON'T COUNT MADISON COLLEGE COACH MIKE DAVENPORT
AS ONE OF THEM.
Mike Davenport - 02;05;41;21 He's struggling with
velocity above 95 and good sliders just like everybody.
You could have 3 eyes and it still wouldn't matter.
So he's no different from any of these guys and the
challenges of hitting in professional baseball.
Jake Mauer/Kernels manager - 01;41;48;29 It's obviously
his drive and his work ethic.
He works harder than anybody we've got.
He puts his all into everything that he does.
And that's what's gotten him to this point.
Tanner - 01;09;26;05 I think that it's human nature
to kind of wonder where your ceiling is.
But as far as I go, I'm not going to put a ceiling
Other people do that for me.
Eventually, it'll happen.
But I'm not going to think about it for now.
I wasted enough time doing that.
Jake Mauer - 01;47;20;10 The biggest thing is that
everybody here has a uniform, including Tanner.
So they all have an opportunity.
THAT'S ALL TANNER VAVRA WANTS.
THAT, AND THE CHANCE TO KEEP HIS REALITY SHOW GOING.
Tanner - 01;12;12;06 That you don't have to give up
on your dreams, really.
You don't have to settle for second best or settle
for something because somebody tells you to.
If you truly want something, you can go out and get
It's going to require a lot of work, and it's going
to require a lot of patience.
But you can go out and you can do it.
KEVIN ON CAM
BASEBALL'S A FAMILY AFFAIR.
TANNER'S DAD JOE IS THE 3RD BASE COACH FOR THE TWINS.
TANNER'S YOUNGER BROTHER TREY- ALSO PLAYED FOR MADISON,
AND WAS ALSO DRAFTED BY THE TWINS.
BROTHER NUMBER 3, TERRIN.
PLAYS HIGH SCHOOL BALL IN MENOMONEE.
YOU CAN BET MADISON COLLEGE IS RECRUITING HIM, TOO.