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Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Crime Scene Investigator

It's a story as old as the game of baseball itself.

You know the one.

A World Series-winning catcher leaves his old team with hopes of bringing a championship to his hometown club.  Then, during the first week of Spring Training with his new team, he heads home after a workout to discover a plane crash right next to his house.


There's no joke here.  When Jarrod Saltalamacchia left the Boston Red Sox in the off season to sign with the Miami Marlins, he never could have predicted what he encountered Tuesday afternoon.

“He was still laying there and they were covering him up best they could,” the catcher told reporters.  “Firefighters were there. It was crazy.”

What Saltalamacchia stumbled upon…a partially submerged home-built aircraft that crashed into a lake adjacent to his South Florida subdivision.

According to reports, Saltalamacchia didn’t know the pilot (identified as American Airlines pilot Leonard McGarity) personally, but does remember capturing home video of him taking off from the paved runway last fall.

Wellington, Fla -- At 1255pm crews responded to reports of an single engine small aircraft crash on the 2900 block of Greenbrier Blvd in Wellington. On arrival crews found a small aircraft partially submerged in a lake. Upon gaining access to the cockpit they found one occupant that was a signal 7. This is a very active scene and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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About Shawn Anderson

Shawn Anderson is that guy who, instead of sitting there talking about the game going on around him, is talking wise about the history of baseball. He believes baseball figures such as Tommy John, Harold Baines, Ron Guidry and Billy Martin deserve their own plaque somewhere if not in Cooperstown. You can follow him on Twitter at @HOVG.