Agent 99? Missed it By That Much…Marauders Get Smart

Well the collective IQ of the Bradenton Marauders just shot through the roof today.  That’s not to say anything bad about any of the current Marauders, it just speaks volumes about the newest member of the team.  Ross Ohlendorf has officially been assigned to the Marauders on MLB rehab.  He’s been sidelined since April with an ailing shoulder.  If you’ve never read about the hurler here’s a little history on him.

How crazy is that story?  The guy writes his senior thesis on rate of return of the MLB draft.  Where is Bill James’ book on that?  I mean shouldn’t more people know about this 126-page masterpiece?  I feel like this is a study that should be more often referenced.  Like shouldn’t this guy be a GM of a team with this thinking?  Can you imagine the smack this guy can talk.  Hey (insert Player X), you know you’re rate of return was 30% below the league average.  You’re wasting your team’s money!  Why don’t you try to hit this next pitch, oh, sorry, just struck you out.”

I believe it was 2009 when the Sporting News came out with its list of the smartest athletes in sports.  After reading Tim Kurkjian’s article linked above, I’m not sure why Ohlendorf is only third on TSN’s rankings.  The only two athletes ahead of him are former Florida State football player Myron Rolle, a Rhode’s Scholar, and Oakland A’s reliever Craig Breslow, my cousin.  Now while being my cousin seems enough to put Breslow at the top of the list, he also graduated from Yale with a degree in molecular biophysics and scored an 34 on his MCAT’s.  I’m told by my medical friends that is good.  I’m told by statistics, it’s obscene.  On a side note, Craig also runs the Strike3Foundation.  You can check it out here.  But anyway, Ohlendorf checks in third.  Here’s his profile from the story:

• Age: 28
• On-field accomplishments: Was the only Pirates starter with a winning record (11-10 with a 3.92 ERA) in 2009, his first full major league season. On September 5, 2009, became the 40th pitcher to strike out three batters on nine pitches.
• Alma mater, major, GPA: Princeton, operations research and financial engineering, 3.8
• SAT score: 1520
• Off-field/intellectual interests: He worked as a volunteer intern in the U.S. Department of Agriculture last offseason. In addition to having worked on a cost-benefit analysis of a program that traces disease in livestock and its effect on farmers, he helps his father manage the family’s herd of longhorns near, of course, Austin, Texas. “Ranching,” he says, “is pretty much all I do in the offseason.”
• What I’m reading now: “The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy L. Sayers.”
• If I weren’t a professional athlete, I’d … “(Do) something in business or finance.”
• Nerdiest thing about me: “I read on the day I pitch.”
• Smartest teammate I’ve had: “Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.”

I’d also like to point out that, among the top 20 smartest athletes, Brian Bannister checks in with a fine arts degree from USC, Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford took the SAT’s in 7th grade and got an 1100, and San Jose Sharks defender Sean Murray majored in hotel management at Cornell.  I have to imagine the last one went over well at parties.  “Nice to meet you, I’m Joanie, I’m majoring in molecular biophysical statistics and its relation to the calculus of the universe’s agriculture.  What about you? …”  I will say this, the guy probably runs the best damn hotel in the business.  They probably have free wifi and breakfast is included.  Isn’t that the worst, when breakfast isn’t included?  I feel like the more money the room is the less breakfast I get…and I have to pay for internet.  It just doesn’t make sense…sorry, that’s for another blog.

So Princeton.  Believe it or not, Princeton baseball has actually turned out its fair share of baseball players.  The school has three MLB players right now, which, believe it or not is more than my alma mater of Syracuse.  Granted, Syracuse has no baseball team, but still.  Mets pitcher Chris Young, Padres outfielder Will Venable and Ohlendorf are all Tigers.

Lets end on this note.  Above in the excerpt from The Sporting News, Ohlendorf says the nerdiest thing about him is that he reads on the day he pitches, which I guess is to say, “I read before I go to work.”  Just sit back and process the fact that reading before work is today considered nerdy.  While you do that I’m going to go play Nintendo.

Till next time,



About Joel Godett
Joel Godett is in his secod year broadcasting Bradenton Marauders baseball. His career has carried him from Syracuse to Buffalo, Roanoke, Cape Cod, Tampa and Bradenton. He is originally from New Jersey and somehow grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.

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