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Yale grad Breslow rated TSN’s smartest athlete
The Sporting News recently ranked the Top 20 Smartest Athletes, and A’s reliever Craig Breslow landed in the top spot.
A 2009 Wall Street Journal story had dubbed Breslow the "smartest man in baseball," but this latest ranking is an even bigger feather in his academic cap.
The left-hander graduated from Yale in 2002, where he pulled a 3.5 grade-point average while majoring in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.
"At some point, somebody is going to figure out my secret," Breslow joked Wednesday. "You can only fool people for so long. While it lasts, I’ll enjoy it."
Two other Bay Area athletes made The Sporting News list — 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (No. 11) and Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray (No. 16).
Breslow has made an impact off the field with his Strike 3 Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer research. His work was recognized Wednesday when former A’s pitcher Dave Stewart presented him with the Dave Stewart Community Service Award.
Breslow’s intelligence makes him an easy target for teammates.
"It’s probably just another (source) of ribbing and teasing," he said of The Sporting News’ ranking. "But there’s a lot of things people could be writing or saying about me, so as long as it’s positive I’ll take it."
The Strike 3 Foundation heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for childhood cancer research.
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