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Life in the Minors - Chapter 3: Life Without Baseball

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WFUV Sports finds out what the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees would do if they weren't playing baseball.

Minor League Baseball: How does it differ from the majors? For the eleventh consecutive year, WFUV goes behind the scenes with the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees In the Short Season Single-A NY-Penn League, it's long bus rides, low pay, and 76 games in 80 days. This is our look at Life in the Minors: How the Other Half Lives.

Matt Sinise, Brooklyn Cyclones Beat Reporter

Reaching professional baseball does not just happen overnight, it takes years of hard work and dedication to the game. For the Cyclones players, baseball has played a central role in their lives for as long as they can remember, which is why it is hard for some to imagine a career outside of America’s pastime.

First Baseman Luke Stewart was one Cyclone who couldn’t envision a career outside the game. If he did not play, he could see himself coaching a baseball team, just like his father.

Family ties also influenced shortstop Danny Muno’s alternate career choice. Muno is the son of a fireman with 15 years of experience, a path Muno might have followed if he did not lace ‘em up for Brooklyn.

Many players had thoughts of work involving other hobbies, like Chase Greene, who would want a career that requires working on the water, like fishing. He loves spending time with the waves, so fishing would be an enjoyable field for him.

Even though the players’ ideas of substitutes for baseball were widespread and all unique, almost every player indicated much more excitement with the career they did choose. This shows that however different their other dreams or hobbies may be, every Cyclones player shares a love for the game and the desire to one day don a big-league uniform.

Sean Mercer, Staten Island Yankees Beat Reporter

In order to become a professional baseball player one most devote most of their life to developing and refining their skills. Because the playersmake such a large commitment to this passion of theirs it is hard to imagine what they would do without it.

The most popular answer amongst the Staten Island players who were asked was that without baseball they would still be in school working to get a degree. Pitcher Will Oliver was one of a group of players who were less than enthusiastic about the thought of going back to school as they would much rather be playing baseball.

Others, including Catcher Nick McCoy, couldn’t even imagine what not playing baseball would be like. Instead, their choice was to focus on trying to hone their skills so as to not have to learn what life without the sport would be like. Catcher Wes Wilson said that he believed that he’d still be involved with the game through coaching.

However different the contingency plans for these players may have been one thing was clear: they would all like to have their large investment of time in baseball pay off and eventually reach the Bronx and Queens.