James Kaprielian’s Road to Major League Success Paved with Adversity

Fenway Park, built in 1912 and the oldest venue in Major League Baseball, was in its infancy when James Kaprielian’s ancestors escaped the wrath of the Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genocide.More than a century later and nearly one month after President Joe Biden became the first US President to describe the atrocities Kaprielian’s family survived as a genocide, the 27-year-old took center stage at Boston’s historic ballpark and pitched a gem in his first career start in the Major Leagues as a member of the Oakland Athletics.Since his debut, the highly-touted pitcher has made it look easy against some of baseball’s best. After getting his first win against the Red Sox on May 12 (a team that boasts one of the most prolific offenses in the Majors), the southern California native had another solid outing in Anaheim on May 21 in front of hundreds of friends and family. Then, in his next start on May 26, Kaprielian continued to dominate, pitching seven shutout innings in a winning game against the Seattle Mariners. “I haven’t quite hit my expectations yet to be honest,” Kaprielian told reporters after his third start. “I still feel like I have a long way to go. Having a little bit of success in the big leagues is great, but I don’t feel like I’ve done anything quite yet.” While Kaprielian attempts to enjoy more success in the big leagues, he says he places a great deal of importance on learning more about his ancestors and Armenian history. He plans to use his platform as a professional baseball player to raise awareness on Armenian issues.To read the full story, check out the article in the Armenian Weekly.



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