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Athletics’ outfielder Michael Taylor has an offseason job

Jan 31, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

Michael Taylor

This is pretty neat.  Not as neat as the fact that Richie Hebner used to work as a grave digger in the offseason, but neat in the sense that ballplayers never actually work real jobs anymore, so it’s cool to see one who does.

It’s Michael Taylor of the Oakland A’s, who spent the offseason as an intern for KNBR radio in San Francisco. And, at least based on the video segment from MLB Network on it, it appears as though it was real work that he and the employer took seriously, not just some “let the jock come in and hang out” kind of thing.

Not that he’s doing it to pay the bills. It’s a no-pay gig, and he says that he wants to try to get in the media biz, so this is obviously a stepping stone thing.  But given how many ex-jocks just show up on TV or radio for the simple reason that they’re ex-jocks, it’s nice to see someone taking the time to actually, you know, understand the business.

Not that being a tall, almost annoyingly handsome Stanford grad is gonna hurt.

  1. nategearhart - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Is he in the dreamiest shape of his life?

  2. natstowngreg - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Given the way Taylor’s career is going, he may be looking to enter the media biz sooner than he expects. Though he has the talent and opportunity to get his baseball-playing act together.

  3. CJ - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    So you highlight the article, click four buttons and you want us to go look at it? Would you like a medal?

    Craig, you really need to ban anyone that self promotes their own garbage on your blog. ESPECIALLY those that self-promote the fact that they’re transposing your stuff on their blog and aren’t creative enough to write about it themselves. It’s classless and incredibly lazy.

    Guys like Craig busted their asses to build a brand and get to where they are now, and you can be damn sure they didn’t do it by lazily positng links on other people’s sites w/o consent.

  4. riverace19 - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Note to self:
    Never go to a crappy website that plagerizes the work of others.
    For example, mybaseballusa. Rubbish.

    • CJ - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      I hate myself for admitting this, but I clicked the link just to see if he did give credit. And to my surprise he did. Which doesn’t make what he did any better, it just means it’s not plagarism and technically legal.

      So the website isn’t plagarist, just crappy, lazy, and unethical. :D Just wanted to get that straight in case numbnuts comes back and tries to defend his idiocy.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    What are you guys talking about? my baseballusa has the best sports writing ever. Much better than joe posnanski, fangraphs, etc

    • CJ - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      how can it be better if it has all the same content?

  6. APBA Guy - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Back to Michael Taylor-actually getting media training will be a huge improvement, witness last night’s MLB Network debut of Darren Oliver: a fine pitcher, long tenured, etc, but is lost in front of the camera.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    I thought this said Michael Tucker and then I thought there is no way he can still be playing. Sigh. It’s been a long day.

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