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Touring with Taylor: The six-month “off day”

by Dan Taylor | Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
| 331 baseball fanatics read this article

Dan is looking for offseason job ideas. Do you have any suggestions?

Go back to school, pack boxes at UPS, give lessons, substitute teach, maybe even go back to school …

All of the above are potential avenues minor league players will be taking in the next month. Sure, the big leaguers keep playing through September and into October; however, for us (minor leaguers), our regular season is over in less than a week. With said end of season, players start thinking about what they are going to be doing to make a living for the six months when we are not playing.

In our sport, we only get paid for the games we play; so the paychecks stop coming in when the season ends. For most of us, too, we are not able to save enough to live off of when the money stops coming in. Nonetheless, the competitor in us all drives us to find ways to keep our heads above water. During my career, I have heard of offseason jobs that I did not even know existed, but guys find the jobs so they can keep playing.

At the end of the day, that is what it comes down to: our drive to play. Without a doubt, we complain from time to time about not having much to live on, but our desire, drive and determination to play always wins out. Thus, with only six games to go, it is time to fill up what is left in the memory jar for the year and ride off into the sunset on the 2011 season.

What are some of your wildest jobs? I’m always looking for new ideas.

Post By Dan Taylor (16 Posts)

A 2005 graduate of Jenison High School and a 2009 graduate of Central Michigan University, Dan will be entering his third season of pro ball with the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a 21st-round selection in 2009, he was named the organizational pitcher of the month in his second month with the D-Backs and started the 2010 campaign in the low-A Midwest League. After a strong start, Dan was promoted to the high-A California League, where he finished out the season with multiple player-of-the-week accolades. As a four-year letter winner and starting pitcher at CMU, Dan collected two All-MAC selections, and team MVP and Captain awards. Dan also ranks fifth all-time in innings pitched and seventh in strikeouts. Upon leaving CMU, Dan put two academic All-MAC selections under his belt, as well, to go with his Bachelor of Science degree. Beyond baseball, Dan spent two years at CMU interning on the strength and conditioning staff, where he worked with all 14 varsity sports. His responsibilities included, but were not limited to, designing off-season training programs and running workouts. In his spare time, Dan has acquired an ACE certification for personal training, too. Most importantly, though, is Dan’s dedication to the people he works with and the passion he brings every day attempting to repeat the body’s best all-out effort.

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