Tanner Vavra has heard the criticisms.
He would never be good enough to play college baseball, let alone professional baseball. And even if he did, he wouldn't be as good as his peers.
Even Vavra's own father had his doubts.
But earlier this month, when the Minnesota Twins took Vavra in the 30th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, all those doubters were silenced. That includes Joe Vavra, Minnesota's third base coach, who once thought his son would never ascend past high school baseball.
Even though he is blind in one eye, Tanner Vavra has proven the doubters wrong. And on Thursday night, he suited up as a professional ball player for the first time with the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League.
He may not have been able to see the baseball as well as his new teammates, but Vavra has proven that he belongs in this game.
"With any kind of limitation, there's a lot of disbelief," said Joe Vavra. "As a parent, I was in disbelief as he climbed the levels. As a basebal...