Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek poses

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Pat Neshek Replies To Job Offer 4 Years Too Late, After Reviving Career With Cardinals

If he would have seen the Facebook message and taken the job, he may never had been an All-Star reliever in St. Louis.

June 21, 2018 - 8:37 am

Sometimes we scroll past an important emails or forget about a text message and realize way too late that we've missed out on an exciting opportunity. So has relief pitcher Pat Neshek, but thank goodness he did because he might not have become a two-time All-Star if he had seen the 2014 Facebook message offering him a job in Independent League baseball. 

Neshek, a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, hasn't pitched in the bigs yet in 2018 due to multiple arm injuries. In his spare time he apparently went scrolling through old Facebook messages and found one from Jan. 18, 2014, when he was a free agent. 

The message came from Jon Hunton of the Somerset Patriots of the Independent Atlantic League, he was the team's closer/director of player personnel and was offering Neshek a pitching job. Neshek wasn't the most desirable MLB pitcher, coming off a season in the Oakland Athletics bullpen with a 3.35 ERA in 45 games.

He finally replied to the message on Wednesday night, apologizing for being late and explaining how he career was rejuvenated in St. Louis. The Cardinals gave him a 1-year deal and he made the most of it, leading the Cardinals with a 1.87 ERA in route to his first All-Star appearance and trip to the National League Championship series. 

Since then he has cashed in on two multi-year contracts that were worth a combined $28 million in Houston and Philadelphia.

It worked out well for Hunton too, he set an Atlantic League record the following season with 49 saves and his Patriots owned the best record in the league (85-55).