Thursday, May 17, 2012

Paolo Mallari : Drink but don't Drive

Paolo Mallari, 1990-2012

The Philippine baseball community is mourning the passing of one of its players in Paolo Gerardo B. Mallari.
He played for the Alabang Tigers in Baseball Philippines as a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder and was drafted first overall by the Tigers in 2010 for Series 6. From his first season until Series 9, Mallari was a decent hitter as he averaged .224 and had 11 runs and 14 hits throughout his career with Alabang.
However, he made a name for himself as a pitcher.

Thanks to his pitching prowess, he was heavily-recruited by several teams because of his time in the little leagues playing for ILLAM, where he suited up 2002 to 2009. He also represented the Philippines in a number of Little League regional competitions.

He got to experience firsthand the level of competition in the world stage in 2006. He played steadily for ILLAM, which reached the Senior League Baseball Series semifinals in Bangor, Maine that year. It was the first time an Asia-Pacific team reached the semifinals in seven years.

After playing for Ateneo in his high school days, Mallari decided to shift to De La Salle where he played for three stellar seasons in the UAAP.

It was a memorable campaign for Mallari during the 2011-2012 UAAP season. Mallari helped the Green Archers clinched a Final Four berth in the recent Season 74 as one of their pitchers along with Carlos Munoz and Carlos Laurel. He also bagged another award for himself with the Most Stolen Base plum, a testament to his all-around play.

Mallari died in a vehicular accident in the early morning of May 13th. He was 21 and would have turned 22 on May 16.

Baseball Philippines wishes to extend its condolences to the Mallari family as well as to Paolo’s friends and teammates.

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