Quantrill takes up new off-field cause

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Guardians starter Cal Quantrill is looking to make just as much of an impact off the field as he is on the field, and his wife, Eastin, gives him an incredible program to promote.

Eastin began volunteering with an organization called Letters to Foster Children during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It’s an initiative that, as the name describes, allows people to send letters to the 400,000-plus children in foster care systems around the country to help brighten their days — something that means even more to Eastin, as she gained three incredible cousins from the foster care system growing up. Because of that passion for the initiative, Eastin has quickly become the executive director of the program chapters in Phoenix and Cleveland.

Quantrill is now bringing his wife’s work to his own office. The Guardians hurler (along with his wife) met with Cleveland’s gameday staff prior to first pitch against the Reds Tuesday afternoon to explain the program and ask for as many volunteers as possible to write letters to foster children. He’s taken to his social media accounts to ask fans to do the same.

“I think that even just as simple as writing a letter, it’s not asking very much,” Quantrill said. “But if it brightens up one kid’s day,…

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