The rise of Orion Kerkering to the big stages would not have been possible without the utmost support of his parents, Sheli and Todd Kerkering.
Moreover, he has two sisters equally supporting him by his side and motivating him.
The family was in attendance when Orion recently debuted in Major League Baseball (MLB).
The California-born athlete attended Venice High School, where he won back-to-back state championships in 2018 & 2019.
In high school, the pitcher had an overall career total of 214 Ks, 1.05 ERA, and a .157 opposing batting average.
He played collegiate baseball for the South Florida Bulls for three years.
The Philadelphia Phillies then drafted Kerkering in the fifth round of the 2022 MLB Draft.
Outside the baseball field, he has been volunteering at Venice Challenger Baseball Inc. since February 2012, where he helps disabled kids enjoy playing a sport they love together.
Orion Kerkering Parents Todd & Sheli Kerkering
The baseball player Orion Kerkering was born to parents Todd & Sheli Kerkering on April 4, 2001, in Huntington Beach, California.
He grew up alongside two elder sisters, Samantha and Ariel.
Orion’s father, Richard Todd Kerkering (born August 24, 1964), attended Webster University and graduated with a degree in security management in 2005.
He has been presently serving as an emergency manager at the City of Sarasota since May 2014.
Previously, he was the emergency management planning chief at Sarasota County from August 2007 to May 2014.
Additionally, he was a gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from May 1985 to September 2005.
Unfortunately, details regarding Orion’s mother’s education and profession are currently unavailable.
Orion Is His Middle Name
The young player’s first name is Richard. Orion is actually Kerkering’s middle name.
Kerkering said, “My grandpa was Richard John.” He further stated,
“My dad is Richard Todd. I’m Richard Orion. So, we always go by our middle names. That’s why I’ve always been Orion. They just liked the name a lot.”
Are Orion Kerkering’s Parents Divorced?
On March 5, 2021, Sheli Kerkering initiated a legal action for Family – Marriage Dissolution/Divorce against Richard Kerkring.
This lawsuit was submitted to the Sarasota County Courts at the Sarasota County Courthouse – Venice Branch in Sarasota, Florida.
As of now, the case has been marked as Disposed – Other Disposed.
The 22-year-old made his debut against New York Mets on September 24, 2023.
Orion finished the game with two strikeouts in the eighth inning on Sunday night.
Moreover, his father, Todd, was present in the stands, watching his son’s exceptional performance.
Todd could not contain his emotions, and a video of him celebrating has gone viral over the internet.
One X (formerly Twitter) user commented, “Needed some wholesome content for the TL.”