Your friend and mine Travis Reitsma passes on an Alden Gonzalez story regarding highly paid non-starting Angels outfielder Vernon Wells. The handsomely paid fourifth outfielder will walk away from the game when his current contract expires at the end of the 2014 season.
Though Wells will only be 35 at the end of next season, he will walk away from the game to spend time with his two young sons.
Easy as the jokes about Wells status bordering on “employable” as a 35-year old, it is admirable that he has a clear plan for the remainder of his playing career. Like many players, Wells is very active in the community in his off-season home in Texas.
The Gonzalez MLB.com piece notes that both Wells and former teammate Torii Hunter figure to walk away from the game at the same time, then attempt to own a Major League club of their own!
“It’s definitely something we’re interested in doing once we’re both done playing,” Wells said. “It’s fun, man. Instead of playing fantasy GM, you’re actually putting together your own team and learning what it takes to pretty much make money in an organization, especially in the Minor Leagues. Because sometimes you’re only going to get 500, 600 people in a game, but you have to figure out ways to get fans in the stands. That’s part of the business.”