Nats Closer Finnegan Receives Diaspora Award

Washington Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan was presented with the Irish Diaspora Award by Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame Founder and President Emeritus, Shaun Clancy!

Kyle’s great-great-great-grandparents, Owen and Roseanna (McKeown) were from County Louth and settled in Somerset, Massachusetts!

About Kyle Finnegan

Kyle attended Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas. He earned all-district first team honors while helping his team to a 27–7 mark as a senior and a district championship. Finnegan also played in the HABCA All-Star Game.

He pitched collegiately at Texas State University. The Oakland Athletics selected Finnegan in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2013 MLB draft.

On May 5, 2021, in a game against the Atlanta Braves, Finnegan pitched the fifth immaculate inning in Nationals history, striking out Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson, and William Contreras on nine pitches.


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