Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/19/12
Something has to give when a respected veteran major league player is traded to a team and the uniform number he has worn for 16 years is already on the back on one of his new teammates.  Usually it ends up costing the new acquisition a nice dinner or maybe even a new car. What happened when former Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter called his new teammate Rick Porcello last week to tell him he wanted the Detroit Tigers pitcher's No. 48 probably cost more than a new pickup truck, but  — besides the cherished number —paid back in good karma and helped people in need. In a gesture, that has to go down as one of the best-intentioned number-swapping stories in MLB, Porcello readily agreed to giving up his number under the condition that Hunter — who wore the number since coming up with the Twins — donate money to relief from Hurricane Sandy. Porcello — a homegrown New Jersey baseball star at Seton Hall Prep — still has an off-season home in the state he calls "my home." ...
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