Thursday, April 14, 2016
Michael Raymond Leake born November 12, 1987 is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball MLB. He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants and played college baseball for Arizona State University. Leake was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Valley Center, California, the son of Chris and Sarah Leake. Both his brother and his father call him Mikey. Leake grew up as a Seattle Mariners fan and idolized Vladimir Guerrero and Nolan Ryan among others. He started playing baseball at age 5 by tagging along with his older brother everywhere to the point where Ryan complained about Mike to his parents. Chris and Sarah Leake convinced Ryan to put up with Mike and teach him how to carry himself both on and off the field.