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Former pro baseball player expands business to Selma

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A former pro baseball player, who left the league in 2006, is finally beginning his dream of becoming a businessman.

Ashley Freeman made it to the big leagues in baseball earning a spot on the roster with the Colorado Rockies in the early 2000s. Freeman played third base, first base and outfield.

He left the game after a wrist injury in 2006.

Today, he's competing in another ballgame and much like baseball it's high stakes.

Freeman started Allstar Recycling in Muscle Shoals and recently landed a contract with International Paper in Selma. As a result Freeman will expand his Allstar Recycling business to the city.

Selma community leaders congratulated Freeman during a news conference Friday morning.

Freeman's business is about reducing landfill space, making money and going green.

"We'll bring it from IP and it will be in various loose forms like cardboard boxes and plastics," said Freeman.

In the beginning, Ashley Freeman plans to hire 10 people with the hope of adding another 20 more or so down the road. Some employees will make as much as $15 an hour.

He'll begin his Selma operations Monday morning.

Freeman described his contract with International Paper as "significant" but more of a trial period for now to see how things go.

"We're doing three truckloads a day," said Freeman.

Freeman is confident he'll deliver just like he did for the Rockies 13 years ago.

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