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Jody Gerut is an agent now and wants to help athletes avoid bankruptcy

Jan 7, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

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Jody Gerut retired two years ago following a six-season MLB career that was wrecked by injuries and now he’s an agent.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com wrote a nice profile of Gerut, who talked about initially mismanaging his signing bonus as a second-round draft pick and how he wants to help other players avoid the same fate.

Gerut played college ball at Stanford and was frequently touted as one of the smartest, most interesting players in baseball, so not surprisingly he often gave advice to teammates. And then he called it quits at age 33 after earning around $5 million.

“My life’s work has become the reduction of athlete bankruptcy down to zero percent,” Gerut told Castrovince. “As much as I want to be an agent that pushes the market appropriately, I also want my identity to be the anti-bankruptcy agent.”

  1. mtr75 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    But pro athletes manage their money so well…?

  2. yepurwrong - Jan 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I didn’t do to well with my money but I’ll try to do better with yours.

  3. vegagreenleaf - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Good on you, Jody. Hopefully athletes can learn from your misguided ways.

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