Baseball players come up from the minors in hopes to one day play in the majors. Some people dream of playing baseball in the majors at such an young age. When baseball players retire. however, it doesn't leave them. The game stays with them forever. We have seen in the ALDS coverage on FS1, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez on the pregame and postgame coverage. It's been really cool to see them go back and forth about their former teams in the playoffs.
I'm sure you will see former players comment on the coverage of the League Championship Series and World Series as well. The number of former players still around the teams they used to play for is staggering.
Some after baseball, however, turn to regular jobs. Some are in the restaurant business, working in real estate, or even own their own business. Not all former players can stay in baseball forever and some don't even want to. After going through the grind of a long baseball season for so many years, some just want to go to work during the day, then come home and spend time with their families. In this article we will show you 15 former MLB Players that now work a regular job.
15 CAL RIPKEN JR.
Cal Ripken played 21 seasons in the MLB playing shortstop and third base for the Baltimore Orioles. He had 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 RBI's. He was drafted in the second round of the 1978 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. In 1981 he won AL Rookie Of The Year. In 1983 he won he won a World Series and his first AL MVP Award. Ripken is considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen in the history of baseball. After baseball, Ripken wrote books, and is the President and CEO of Ripken Baseball Inc..
Ripken now owns several minor league baseball teams. In 2002, he purchased the Utica Blue Sox of the New York-Penn League and moved them to his hometown of Aberdeen. He renamed them the Aberdeen Iron Birds. He is also an analyst for TBS Sports in the MLB Postseason.
14 RANDY JOHNSON
Randy Johnson played 22 seasons in MLB for the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and the Houston Astros. His most famous pitch was when he threw a ball that hit a flying bird. He had 303 wins and 166 losses with a 3.29 ERA. The Hall Of Fame pitcher is a five-time Cy Young winner and was a 2001 World Series Champion with Arizona, defeating the New York Yankees. He was also MVP of the World Series.
Today Randy Johnson is currently a photographer in college, as a photo journalism major. He photographs different concerts, gatherings, and special events. He founded Randy Johnson Photography in 2015.
13 DOUG MIRABELLI
Doug Mirabelli played 12 seasons in the MLB. He recorded 337 hits, had 162 runs, 58 home runs, and 206 RBIs. In 1992, Mirabelli was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 5th round. He was with the Red Sox for seven years and part of the 2004 World Series Championship team. He was also on the 2007 World Series Championship team for Boston. Mirabelli also played for the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres.
Today he works for Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in Traverse City, Michigan. On January 5, 2009, Mirabelli was named the new head baseball coach at St. Francis High School in Traverse City. After a stint there, on September 9, 2015, Mirabelli was named Florida Gators' softball volunteer assistant coach.
12 David Eckstein
Comic book nerds, rejoice! David Eckstein is one of you! And apparently, so is his wife. After a successful career in the majors, Eckstein fulfilled another one of his dreams and launched a women's sci-fi clothing line along with his wife called "Her Universe". Their clothing line has now turned into a successful multi-million dollar business. The idea was actually formed by his wife Ashley, who has brought her husband to work alongside her and they've had a ton of success. In an interview with Sports Illustrated a few years ago, Ashley detailed how hard it was to get started:
“Similar to David’s career, we really had to defy the doubters and defy the odds,” Ashley says. “The giants in the industry, they wanted to squash us.”
11 DARRYL STRAWBERRY
Darryl Strawberry, during his career, helped bring a World Series Championship in 1986 to the Mets and then three with the New York Yankees. The former right fielder was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984-1991. Strawberry founded Strawberry Ministries where he is now an ordained Christian minister. Darryl and Traci Strawberry share their story of hardship and how they came through it all with faith and hope. They hope to be an example for people who are lost in life and can't find their way.
Strawberry told USA Today in 2013, "I love that I was a great player, and won championships, and did all these great things, but I was always more driven. I knew there had to be more than just putting on a uniform and hitting grand slams and making millions of dollars. I always believed there was a greater purpose to life."
10 JERRY REMY
Jerry Remy spent 10 seasons in Major League Baseball. He played for the California Angles and the Boston Red Sox. The second baseman had 1,226 hits, 605 runs, 7 home runs, and 329 RBIs. He currently is an analyst for NESN and the first President of Red Sox Nation. He owns Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grill in Fall River, MA.. He is the author of the book, "Watching Baseball," and the children's books, "Hello Wally," and "Wally The Green Monster," as well as his "Journey Through Red Sox Nation."
Remy was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall Of Fame in 2006. Remy has had a long battle of cancer and said on June 12, 2017 that his lung cancer had returned. This season he only did the home games with play by play broadcaster Dave O'Brien, alongside Dennis Eckersley.
9 John Rocker
After John Rocker's controversial comments in a 1999 interview with Sports Illustrated, perhaps this isn't so surprising. But since 2012, Rocker has been a conservative columnist for the site WorldNetDaily, which calls itself 'the largest Christian website in the world. Rocker has also been on a season of the reality show Survivor since retiring. He claims that his past may have hurt his chances of winning on the show:
"I was foolish enough to think early on, maybe if wear my hat low, and I'll kinda walk with my head down and I'll skate through this thing kinda incognito.”
Unsurprisingly, his columns are very reminiscent of his comments to Sports Illustrated all those years ago. Even after all these years, Rocker has stuck to his old beliefs.
8 Ken Griffey Jr.
Hey, even The Kid had to grow up and find himself a job eventually. Ken Griffey Jr.'s career speaks for itself, as Griffey was one of the most naturally gifted hitters to ever play the game and one of the few of his era that was never found to have used PEDs. Had it been a level playing field, perhaps Griffey would have been higher on the all-time home run list. However, the hall of famer discovered another love after baseball. Much like Randy Johnson, Griffey pursued a career in professional photography. He's gotten some big time assignments, like Monday Night Football games and even some bowl games for NCAA Football.
Griffey said his previous connections with photographers helped him break into the business: "I have the privilege to know some of the best photographers in the business … because of my background. I can call upon these guys and ask them questions. Being around them, I see what they do and what they see."
7 TIM WAKEFIELD
Tim Wakefield played 19 seasons in the Majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Boston Red Sox. The knuckleballer had 200 wins and 180 losses with a 4.41 ERA in his career. He is a one time All-Star and a two time World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. Wakefield currently is an analyst for NESN during Red Sox coverage. In 2007, Wakefield released a charity wine called CaberKnuckle in association with Longball Vineyards. All of the proceeds supports Pitching In For Kids and has raised more than $100,000.
In 2016 he was inducted into the Red Sox Hall Of Fame saying at the time, "I tell people now that I was in survival mode for 17 years trying to keep my job. It never even crossed my mind that I had the chance to get into the Red Sox Hall of Fame until after I retired."
6 DEREK JETER
Derek Jeter played 20 seasons with the New York Yankees. He had 3,465 hits, 1,923 runs, 260 home runs, and 1,311 RBI's. He is a five-time World Series Champion, five-time Gold Glove Award, a World Series MVP, and a 14 time All-Star. During his injured season in 2013, he arranged a partnership with Simon and Schuster to form Jeter Publishing. He called it "the blueprint for post career." It will begin publishing non-fiction books for adults, children's picture books, elementary grade fiction, and books for children who are learning to read. It could lead to film and television productions.
He currently owns the Miami Marlins, which purchased in August of 2017. He is also Chief Executive of baseball operations.
5 ALEX RODRIGUEZ
Alex Rodriguez played 23 seasons in the MLB for the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers. His career stats show he had 3,115 hits, 696 home runs, and 2,086 RBIs. He also is a three-time AL MVP and had one World Series Championship with the Yankees in 2009. He was suspended for the 2013-2014 season for the Biogenesis Scandal. A-Rod was accused of receiving HGH from Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic in Florida. Rodriguez now works as an analyst for Fox Sports during the MLB Postseason.
He told Joe Buck in a recent interview about when baseball suspended him "I mean there’s so many frustrating things when you look back at that. Number one, you have a guaranteed contract for hundreds of millions of dollars. Literally, you can sit on the couch and get fat, right? How stupid can you be? This thing cost me over $40 million. It cost me my reputation, and it may have cost me the Hall of Fame and a number of other things. I'm the jackass who gave up millions for PEDs."
4 MARK MCGWIRE
Mark McGwire played 16 seasons in the MLB playing for the Oakland Athletics, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He had 1,626 hits, 1,167 runs, 583 home runs and 1,414 RBIs. McGwire admitted in a 2010 interview that he used steroids while playing baseball. In 2010 he also admitted that he used steroids while breaking the home run record in baseball in 1998 with 70 home runs. He told Bob Costas at the time "It's very emotional., It's telling family members, friends, and coaches, you know? It's former teammates to try to get ahold of, you know, that I'm coming clean and being honest. It's the first time they've ever heard me, you know, talk about this. I hid it from everybody."
Big Mac didn't stay away from the game forever though and eventually worked his way back into the game as a coach. McGwire is currently a bench coach for the San Diego Padres.
3 DAVID WELLS
David Wells played 21 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, and the Chicago White Sox. He had 239 wins and 157 losses with a 4.13 ERA. He is a two-time World Series Champion, three-time All-Star, and an ALCS MVP.
He is now a coach at Point Loma High School in San Diego, his alma mater. When he was hired he said at the time, "I would have never in a million years thought I'd be doing this. I've been trying for the last seven years to get into the big leagues and failed miserably. I mean, I thought with all the knowledge and the big games that I've pitched, and being in the playoffs constantly, I know pitching. I know pitching as good as or better than anybody else that's ever played."
2 DAVID ORTIZ
David Ortiz is the best designated hitter of all time winning three World Championships with the Boston Red Sox. He also brought the City of Boston together after the Marathon bombing in 2013, carrying the Red Sox to their third World Series Championship since 2004. In his career he had 2,472 hits, 1,419 runs, 541 home runs, and 1768 RBIs. After Ortiz retired last season, he has since been an analyst for Fox Sports during the MLB Postseason, partnering him up with Alex Rodriguez. He recently signed a deal that makes him part of the Red Sox organization forever.
Ortiz told CBS Boston "I’m happy to be able to help the Red Sox organization I love in any way. Whether that’s offering advice to a young player, helping convince a free agent that there’s no better city to play in than Boston, or representing the club in the community and with its partners, it’s great to be part of the Red Sox organization. It feels like I never left.”
1 JIM RICE
Jim Rice played 16 seasons for the Boston Red Sox. He had 2,452 hits, 1,249 runs, 382 home runs, and 1,451 RBIs. He had a career batting average of .298. The Hall Of Fame left fielder and designated hitter was an eight-time All Star, a two-time Silver Slugger, and has 58 stolen bases. He had 8,225 a- bats in his career. In the postseason he has 16 hits, 2home runs, 7 RBI's, and a batting average of .225. Rice currently works for NESN as an analyst during the Boston Red Sox season, pregame and post game coverage.
This season Rice called Yankee pitcher C.C. Sabathia "fat," because he didn't come off the mound during a bunt by Red Sox third baseman Eduardo Nunez. Sabathia responded saying "Yeah, I'm fat but he's bitter."