I often accuse ballplayers of being kinda dumb. It’s not meant as a slam, really. At least not a harsh one. Ballplayers are what they are, and what they usually are are guys who didn’t go to college and spend a lot more time thinking about where they’re going to build the tree stand this November than how the world works. Hell, the dude who is often referred to as the smartest guy in the game — and my favorite player of all time — likes to pee on other guys’ feet in the shower and giggle when he passes gas and stuff. And I’m cool with that. Football players spend at least three years in college and look at all the really dumb things they do. Really, don’t change my ballplayers. I don’t want them to be any different than they are.
[Ross Ohlendorf] wrote his senior thesis on the investment in and rate of return of baseball draft picks and will spend part of this offseason as an intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, doing research on Longhorn cattle.
“In some ways, it can take a little pressure off,” he says of having an alternative career path. “It doesn’t mean you have less desire. But I think it helps you relax.”
Lots of interesting stuff about smart dudes in the game in that article, and of course, the usual Doug Glanville anecdotes (“You become the locker room problem-solver. It becomes who you are, just like Randy Myers was the guy with live grenades in his locker”).