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Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 2:00 pm


It was probably inevitable that Logan White Jr. would end up playing baseball.

After all, he is one of those Little League players who have fathers who played the game at some level from college to the Major Leagues.

However, by the time their boys reach that Little League age of 9 through 12, most of them have left the game.

But White’s father, Logan Sr., a former college and minor league pitcher, is still near the heartbeat of baseball as the assistant general manger in charge of amateur and international scouting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sometimes that caused a bit of a rooting dilemma for the younger White, who had a toy stuffed Arizona Diamondbacks snake in his bedroom.

He was a Diamondbacks fan until they played the Dodgers.

“I still follow (the Diamondbacks) a little bit; I follow the Dodgers more now,” he said.

He even requested the No. 55 jersey number worn by Dodgers catcher Russell Martin when they were handing out uniforms for the 11-year-old Ahwatukee Little All Star team this season.

Growing up around baseball, White found a bat, ball and a glove familiar territory. He’s been playing the game since he was 4 and hasn’t strayed very far.

“I tried soccer when I was 3 or 4,” he said, “but baseball just seems natural to me, maybe just because I grew up around it a lot.”

He is on his second Ahwatukee Little League All Star team this summer, but when he isn’t on the field he spends his time around Dodgers Stadium.

He was even a bat boy for a Dodgers baseball prospect tournament.

But he didn’t learn the game from behind the plate, which is where he is during the District 13 All Star tournament that continues at the Tempe Sports Complex through July 10 in three age divisions.

“That just happened this spring,” White said. “I’d been a pitcher, third baseman and first baseman, but they said they needed a catcher and asked me if I wanted to try it.”

The chest protector, mask and mitt turned out to be a good fit.

“I like catching,” White said. “You have to be thinking all the time and you have to know all the plays, so it keeps me focused and in the game all the time.”

And while it can be a demanding, brutal position to play, it does have its benefits.

“I like it, too,” he added, “because it’s the only position on the field where you get to sit down all the time.”

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