Playing Major League Baseball, playing in New York especially, there’s obviously a lot of positives that come with that and a lot of opportunities that come your way,Gardner told Sporting News. But there are things that some people may not expect or some people may think from the outside looking in are a little different than they actually are. Just try and help them with that.
One way to do that is to spend time together away from baseball, though age disparities can make that tougher. When the team is home, veterans often have families to tend to. But on the road, there’s frequent bonding.
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In April, Sabathia said players took in a Penguins hockey game during an off day in Pittsburgh. Other times, the vets and youngsters will hit the mall or catch a movie. The veterans are also good to pick up a check.
I’ve gone out to dinner with those guys 10 or 12 times and I haven’t picked up a meal,Judge said. They’ve picked up every single meal. I offer, I ask, but they’ve always been great about that.
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Albert Pujols, third among non-Hall of Famers at 27.3: Another player who’s faded with time, though Pujols generally wasn’t on-par with Trout early in his career;
Andruw Jones, fourth among non-Hall of Famers at 25.5: A respectable hitter in the early part of his career, Jones vaults onto this list due to his sublime, underrated defense.