Former McCutcheon star Clayton Richard seeks return to the majors

It's around 9:30 in the morning. Clayton Richard is finishing up a workout in his gym.

Posted: Aug 10, 2020 3:42 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2020 3:48 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's around 9:30 in the morning. Clayton Richard is finishing up a workout in his gym.

Pictures, jerseys and hats are on display — reminders of Richard's accomplishments.

"It's hard to get back to the big leagues," Richard said. "It's hard to be in the big leagues."

If you look closely at Richard's collection of caps you'll notice three empty pegs.

"I know what I still want to do," Richard said.

Richard wants to pitch in the majors again. But the former McCutcheon standout knows that's not up to him.

"I've learned through the years of baseball you can only worry about what you can control," Richard said.

Richard took one step closer to returning to the show back on August 3. The 36-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox — the franchise that drafted him in 2005.

Prior to signing the deal, the Indiana Mr. Baseball and Mr. Football winner spent the last several months back home in Lafayette.

Back at home.

After working out, Richard throws.

"I've been preparing for awhile now — longer than I ever have.

And he's done so with the help of his three children — a reminder of what's most important in his life.

"I'm just focused on the present being in the moment, "Richard said. "I'm focused on my work in the morning, but then spending the rest of the day being a dad and doing everything I can to provide for them and to help them develop as human beings. It's been a really special time."

Richard believes his professional baseball career is still in the late innings, but on this day his workout is done.

The man who wears many hats is on his way to the pool to cool down with his kids.

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