Kyle Schwarber’s Middletown baseball jersey will be retired on Friday

Former Middletown High School standout Kyle Schwarber, an open fielder who played the playoffs and part of last season for the Boston Red Sox after a July trade with the Washington Nationals, is expected to become the first to have his Middies’ baseball. jersey – No. 12 – retired Friday night at the Wade E. Miller Arena during halftime of a Middletown boys’ basketball game against Princeton which Schwarber is expected to attend.

The Middletown Athletic Hall of Fame announced last October that Schwarber would be among the sports inductees in March 2022, for his achievements in football and baseball as a Middie in the Class of 2011.

Schwarber hit three home runs for the Red Sox in the 2021 playoffs – one in the American League wildcard win over the New York Yankees, one in the ALDS over the Tampa Bay Rays and one in the ALCS against the Houston Astros.

Schwarber accepted the “Kyle from Waltham” joke, wearing a Waltham Hawks shirt sent to him after an ALCS game and stating, “Guess my hometown is Waltham now. So go Hawks.”

“(Barstool Sports’ Jared) Carrabis got (the jersey), sent it into the locker room,” Schwarber said. “I think the first time I saw him (the nickname) it was him or MLB posting something. And everyone was like, ‘What is Kyle from Waltham?’ I’m like, ‘What?’ I’m like, ‘I’m from Middletown, Ohio.'”

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