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2018 World Series begins without Jeffress and Milwaukee

South Boston News
Jeffress / October 25, 2018

The 2018 World Series has started, and former Comet Jeremy Jeffress wishes he had been present for the Fall Classic.

Jeffress and Milwaukee was eliminated Saturday in the National League Championship Series. Los Angeles went on to meet Boston, after the Dodgers defeated the Brew Crew, 4-3.

Jeffress did not pitch well in the NLCS, but he had a superb year for Milwaukee.

Jeffress’ hometown fans reacted with pride at the former Comet’s accomplishments.

In the offseason, the club option for Jeffress is 3.175 million, no buyout. Jeffress would be arbitration eligible if the option is declined.

Jeffress finished the regular season with an 8-1 record, with a1.29 ERA. He appeared in 73 games with 15 saves and 76.2 innings pitched. He had 89 strikeouts.

Jeffress had some positive moments in the postseason, but posted generally sub-par numbers. He was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA, appearing in eight games. He had one save, worked eight innings and had 11 strikeouts.

Over the course of his MLB career, Jeffress is 25-7, with a career 2.89 ERA. He has appeared in 344 games, with 349 innings pitched. Jeffress has 324 strikeouts.

Halifax County High School head varsity baseball coach Kenneth Day continues to maintain contact with the Milwaukee reliever, and he was very pleased with his year.

Kelvin Davis was the head coach when Jeffress pitched at Halifax.

Day said he watched the final game.

Jeffress surrendered a game-changing homer and Day felt badly for Jeffress.

“I still think he made a quality pitch. You’re facing a major league hitter. The guy (the Dodgers Yasiel Puig) put a good swing on it. I didn’t think it was going to go out. Things happen like that,” said Day.

Puig drilled a three-run shot off Jeffress in the sixth inning, and that smash paved the way for the Dodgers to win the NLCS.

But Jeffress also had a very strong body of work this year.

“This season’s (recognition) was well-deserved and remarkable. He had a great year, and the Brewers had a great year. I was hoping they’d play in the World Series.

“He accomplished a lot, not just on the field,” said Day. The Comet manager cited Jeffress’ first all-star appearance as well.

Moreover, Jeffress showed class in behind the scenes activities. Day cited the afternoon that the Milwaukee reliever gave a young fan a professional glove after the kid had forgotten his glove on the way to Milwaukee.

Day observed Jeffress handled his postseason disappointment in Game 7 well, with a professional outlook.

“Everybody was pulling for him,” said Day.

His former head coach, Davis, said he was very proud of Jeffress’ accomplishments this season.

Jeffress “had a really awesome season,” said Davis.

Jeffress has a story to tell now, and Davis recalled, “he had an amazing (2018). It was good to see someone from your hometown do what he did. If you look back over Jeremy’s accomplishments, everybody’s got to be proud of the young man, for what he’s done,” said Davis.

“I’m just super excited for Jeremy. From what he’s been through and what he’s accomplished, you’ve got to tip your hat off to the young man.”

Carlyle Wimbush Jr., president of the local Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall of Fame, said, “It’s always good we can have athletes from Halifax County on the big stage. That’s what Jeffress has been on.

“He’s had an exceptional season,” Wimpish said. He predicted Jeffress would be a first-round inductee into the local sports hall when he becomes eligible.

Jeffress is the lone Comet to play major league baseball.

“We know what we produce here. The baseball program at Halifax County has been outstanding over the years,” he said.

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