As career changes go, nothing is as jarring as that which...

Q & A

June 02, 1994

As career changes go, nothing is as jarring as that which awaits major-leaguers. In days, most go from stardom to overseeing school car pools.

Former Orioles pitcher Mike Boddicker spent parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues before retiring last year. From his home near Kansas City, Mo., Boddicker spoke with The Sun's Mark Hyman about issues that confront a recent retiree.

Q: More than most players, you seemed tired of the baseball routine. In the year since your retirement, have you missed any of it?

A: One thing. And that's simple: the guys. I don't miss competing, and I don't miss the travel.

Q: Major-leaguers frequently complain of aches and pains, and you had more than your share. Has your body recovered?

A: I don't hurt anymore. I can feel the difference in my arm and my back, the things, as a pitcher, you use a lot.

The other big physical change is that I've gained a couple pounds. Or maybe they're shifting.

Q: Do you follow baseball?

A: Absolutely. I watch on TV and read the paper. Mostly, I'm trying to keep track of friends.

Q: What occupies your time now?

A: Car-pooling, which I am ready to do right now. I'm coaching a fifth-grade boys [baseball] team and helping out at a local high school. I'll start looking at a college job.

Q: Have you spent much time at the ballpark?

A: Not at all. When I go out there, it's usually to visit the clubhouse. When the game starts, I head home.

Q: Why not stay?

A: Do you know how many baseball games I've watched in my life?

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