The time comes for every professional baseball player.
Whether it's because of the money, injuries, age or many other reasons, ballplayers eventually have to walk away from the sport they love. As a player, anyway.
Like any other season, there's been plenty of turnover on the York Revolution roster this year. There are 18 players who finished the 2011 season with York who are no longer with the team this year. Among the group, four of them have retired from playing.¶ But the retired bunch isn't just sitting at home on the couch living off of what's left from their earnings as a pro ball player.
A couple of them are rather busy.
Harrison: Last year's third baseman, Vince Harrison, the 2011 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP, is now coaching in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor leagues.
While his younger brother, Josh, is playing for the Pirates' big league club, Vince is serving many roles as a bench coach for the Class A West Virginia Power.
Harrison, 32, said the coaching profession first became an interest to him in 2004. As he recovered from wrist surgery that year, Harrison spent his time as an assistant coach for Josh's Princeton (Ohio) High School team that reached the state semifinals.
My wife said 'I could see you as a coach.' At that point, I wasn't ready," Harrison said. "Fast forward (eight) years looking for the right opportunity. I had a couple opportunities before this one. But I felt good about this."
Stidfole: Reliever Sean Stidfole stepped away from the game following the 2011 season to take a full-time job as a site manager with Morrison Inc., a geothermal and air conditioning company based out of Duncannon.
Stidfole, 28, put up decent numbers in 2011, going 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 60 appearances. Still, they weren't nearly as good as those he put up in 2010, when he went 2-3 with a 1.90 ERA and set the club record for regular-season appearances with 68. (Reliever Ronnie Morales broke the franchise record with 69 in 2011.).
"The year before last was way more impressive," Stidfole said last week. "If I was going to get back into affiliated ball it would have been that year (2010). The fact that didn't happen, I figured it was going to be the end of my career."
Reliever Geoff Geary, who lives in California, and outfielder Jose Herrera, who lives in the Dominican Republic, have also retired. Neither Geary, 35, nor Herrera, 39, could be reached for comment.
Career: Of the 14 other players on York's 2011 year-end roster who are no longer with the club, nine are playing in a different league, including two in the Mexican League and another (Val Majewski) in the Texas League with the Texas Rangers' Class AA Frisco team.
Reliever Jason Richardson is spending his summer in York rehabbing from Tommy John surgery to his throwing elbow.
For pro players who grow up playing baseball, as many in the Atlantic League do, it's likely scary to think about what life will be like when the time comes to hang it up.
At least for Harrison and Stidfole, there can be a bright future when the playing days are over.
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