Ian Clarkin

Focus on major league dreams help Cathedral Catholic standout Daniel Camarena navigate a turbulent year

Focus on major league dreams help Cathedral Catholic standout Daniel Camarena navigate a turbulent year

A talented left-handed pitcher can only go without a job for so long.

Daniel Camarena is living proof.

In what has already been the most turbulent season of the 25-year-old former Cathedral Catholic High School standout’s career, Camarena was briefly out of a job.

Very briefly.

The low point of his season, and perhaps his career, came when the New York Yankees – the team that originally drafted Camarena in 2011 – released him on May 20.

Camarena had long connecting flights from the East Coast on his way back home to San Diego to ponder being out of baseball for the first time since he was in high school.

He didn’t make it home before his phone rang....

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