Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Relief Pitcher Neil Wagner Opts for a Good Book during Baseball's Down Time

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Relief Pitcher Neil Wagner Opts for a Good Book during Baseball's Down Time

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Jays relief pitcher relaxes with a good book

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DUNEDIN, Fla. - While some players in the Blue Jays clubhouse are usually engrossed in their phone or an iPad, Neil Wagner can always be found in front of his locker with his nose in a book.

On Wednesday morning, the relief pitcher killed time ahead of a Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros by reading "The Roman Forum" by David Watkins.

The book is a history of the Italian landmark. According to Amazon.com, it offers "a remarkable and engaging new vision of a well-visited, if often misunderstood, wonder."

Wagner, 29, is an avid reader. And as a relief pitcher, he can have time on his hands.

"Part of baseball throughout every level, in addition to all the work you have to do, especially as a bullpen guy you have a lot of down time," he explained. "So when you're not watching video or doing your physical work, you have to have something to occupy your time to keep you from going crazy.

"So I like reading and (I) just pick up whatever I can find."

Watkins, his latest find, came from a visit to Barnes & Noble -- "my favourite place. …

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