Article: My First Professional Offseason: Finding a Job
Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:45 AM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:07 PM
Out of curiosity, do you happen to know what any of your teammates do? I imagine it's especially difficult to find things because lots of seasonal industries (e.g. construction) are active in the summer, not winter - contractors don't need extra guys in Rochester in December.
I think that's an underappreciated part of being a pro ballplayer from the fans' perspective - for all the "you get played to play baseball!" stuff, there really isn't a lot of money in it at the lower levels.
Sorry it took me so long to respond. I have a few friends in pro ball who do a number of different things. The most common work players find is doing clinics. It pays pretty well per hour and ballplayers are well qualified. I had a friend from the U of M who worked for an engineering company this offseason. His dad works there and he has a degree in mechanical engineering, so it was a good fit. My buddy I workout with in Rochester worked at a factory for 40 hours a week this year. His dedication to making money to support his dream of playing baseball was pretty inspiring. So to answer your question, the jobs are varied. It depends significantly on the financial situation and qualifications (degree, previous work, etc).