‘I try to control the controllable’: Kendall Williams, leaving home, and the pursuit of genuine interactions

When he was 12 years old, Kendall Williams’ parents got divorced. By his own admission, the divorce was fairly messy, leading him and his father, Brent, to get pretty close over the next few years. 
Brent owned a construction company and worked a lot, often from 6 o’clock in the morning until dark. But, just as countless dedicated parents do, he always found time to throw with his son. Throughout his childhood, his father would pitch to him, field ground balls and foster his love for the game. 
“I look up to him and his opinion holds a lot of weight for me,” Williams told Blue Jays Nation of his father. “I put my head into baseball, and it was a little bit of a safe place for me.”
Unsurprisingly, this early support from his father made him immensely passionate about both the game of baseball and the potential of him carving out a career for himself as a professional athlete. 
Long before being selected by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft, Williams attended the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida following a successful stint at his …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation