Ross Ohlendorf: From Major League Pitcher to Unpaid Intern

The extra employment evokes a bygone age in baseball. Once upon a different-salary era, off-season jobs were the norm.

Brooklyn Dodgers legend Roy Campanella ran a liquor store in the off-season. New York Yankees stars Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin worked together in construction.

Ohlendorf made $413,500 this past year -- putting him on the lower end of the Major League salary scale these days. But unpaid internships aren't about the money, anyway.

A Break from Baseball

"This gives me a perspective of the alternative of working in an office -- which I have enjoyed but it's still not -- I'd rather be playing baseball. And it just kind of reminds you of how good you have it," Ohlendorf said.

And what do his teammates -- far more likely to be golfing than interning -- think of how he's spent his winter?

"I think a lot of them wish that they could have some of the similar opportunities," he said.

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