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Off Season Jobs for Baseball Players
You will be surprised to hear about what baseball players do for work in the off season, that down period of time between November and April when many players are not special. Most of these players are not the multi-million dollar wonder player but the 18th round pick who signed for $80,000 but only earned $7,000 the first season in 2008. It is these players that work in a warehouse or for UPS, as a driver in the off season.
Stan Musial who had 3,630 hits during a hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardnicals in 1943 sold Christmas trees in the off season. Roy Campanella, who was MVP many times during his Dodger career owned and operated a liquor store. Richie Hebner, a player who hit 203 home runes in his 1,908 game career that started in 1968, was a gravedigger in the off season. Al Jackson of the New York Mets, sold men's suits, while Jim Palmer who won three Cy Young awards, won 268 games pitching for 19 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 or so, made $7500. He got a $11,000 bonus for being in the World Series. He also sold clothes in the off season. Other team members worked on the auto assembly lines. In the off season, Palmer earned $150 a week. John Buck, put in 30 years with the Mets, but in the off season, was a roofer then a bicycle messenger.
Pretty amazing. By the 1980's, baseball players no longer needed to work in the off season because they were paid too well.