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So, when the Chicago Dogs came calling, Crosby answered. The Rosemont-based independent team was the perfect fit for the 6-foot-5 southpaw who gets to stay home with Haley and their daughters, Tessa, 5, and Gemma, 3.
“I did this so I could be home with my family,” Crosby said. “Indy ball doesn’t pay very much so if I’m not going to be paid a lot, I might as well stay home and have a normal day.
“[Haley] has been my ultimate supporter. Everything I’ve done, she’s the one who pushed me to make my comeback and keep training. I pretty much owe everything to her.”
What does Crosby have, baseball-wise?
Despite missing the first several weeks of the season with a strained left oblique, Crosby, 30, has been a valuable member of the Dogs’ bullpen. In his first seven appearances, Crosby was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and struck out 14 in 7 1/3 innings.
“He’s pitching really well now,” Dogs manager Butch Hobson said. “He has a great arm and right now he’s got good command of that 12-to-6 breaking ball he’s got. He’s throwing 95-96 and his changeup is good, too.”
That kind of stuff is what prompted the Tigers to call up Crosby in 2012, when he made his only two Major League appearances, going 1-1 with a 9.49 ERA. A return to the majors is a long shot, of course, but Hobson is optimistic Crosby will return to affiliated baseball.
“Had he not gotten hurt in spring training I believe he would already have been signed by an organization,” Hobson said. “I love him. He’s a great guy and a true professional.
“He’s got a lot of energy about him. Every time he pitches there’s a scout in the stands watching because of that arm and that experience. When he can command all of his pitches, throwing 95-96, there’s no reason he should be here.”