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Blue Jays prospect Conner Greene calls Charlie Sheen a ‘great friend’

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Charlie Sheen obviously has cultivated a controversial, scandalous and outrageous image, especially in recent years. But the one thing that is genuine about the actor is his connection to the game of baseball that goes above and beyond his roles in the “Major League” films and “Eight Men Out.”

Sheen has a profound love for baseball, evidenced by his passionate interest in the accumulation of memorabilia, among other things. He also has established many friendships with some pretty prominent names from the world of baseball, but the most recent one he struck up is an interesting one, as it involves a 20-year-old minor league pitcher from the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Conner Greene, who is expected to start the 2016 season in Double-A ball, is tabbed as the top pitching prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system by MLB.com. And if that wasn’t enough, he counts Sheen as a “great friend.”

Via the Globe & Mail by way of Big League Stew:

Greene’s former coach at Santa Monica High School, Tony Todd, is a lifelong friend of Sheen’s. And Greene said that when he first started at the school, he was forever hounding his coach for an introduction.

“He finally said to me, ‘Look, I’ll make you a deal. If you get drafted, you can meet Charlie.’”

A couple of months later, Greene was picked by the Blue Jays.

“The next day, I’m up at Charlie’s house playing catch with him,” Greene said.

There has been of course many salacious stories involving Charlie Sheen and many tales that portray him in an unflattering light. But Greene — who has parlayed his friendship with the actor into a few gigs serving as an extra on Sheen’s “Anger Management” show — says that when he’s spent time with Sheen, the actor couldn’t be more different than the reputation that infamously precedes him.

“He’s been nothing but a great person to me and a great friend,” Greene said. “I don’t care about what’s been written about him or reported. I just know what he’s done for me and how sweet he’s been to me and that’s all I care about. He’s just an amazing person.”

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