MLB: Maybe These Baseball Players Should Concentrate on Playing

Ron KaplanContributor IMay 26, 2011

NEW YORK - MAY 20:  R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets atempts to pickoff Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) on May 20, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Or “The Cursed Pen.”

What is it with the current batch of players who desire to be writers? First it was Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey who announced in spring training that he was going to pen a memoir. So he’s currently 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA and just came out of his start against the Cubs with an as-yet undiagnosed leg/foot injury.

Then I heard about Mike Arsenault, who pitches for the London Majors in the Intercounty Baseball League in London, Ontario. The season is just getting started up there, so it’s too early to say anything about the quality of his work. But according to this story, he is busy with a 70,000-word novel about…a baseball player.

Finally there’s Scot Drucker, who handles the hubris-free blog “Great Scot.” He was in the Tigers' minor league system (his blog still has the classic Detroit “D”), although as of this writing he is on the Grand Prairie AirHogs in indy ball.

C.J. Nitkowski was a blogger. He had a surprisingly long career (18-32, 5.37 in 10 major league seasons) and is now plying his trade in Korea.

You wonder what might have been if all these guys had spent more time in the gym and less on the computer?