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Area coach gets "dream" opportunity with the Rays

By Jarrett Guthrie
ST. PETERSBURG – A young kid's dream of someday making the “Big Leagues” isn’t a rare one, but actually seeing it come true in any form is a shot in a million.
Todd Silverman certainly had that dream, and the Gaither alum, who played infield at the college level at Hillsborough Community College, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida, chased it as best as he could.
However, after a few attempts to catch on at the independent level after college didn’t pan out, Silverman settled into his life in Tampa, earning a degree in Exercise Science & Wellness from USF.
But the hold baseball had on him never let go.
“I’ve always had a passion for baseball, and I tried to catch on in pro ball – tried out for some independent league teams – it just never stuck,” Silverman said. “But I still wanted to be around the game.”
“I got that so-called nine-to-fiver job, and I quickly realized it wasn’t for me.”
Silverman started to try his han…

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