On Monday, April 2, 2012, David Domzalski of the Financial Bin spoke with Todd Stottlemyre, former MLB pitcher turned entrepreneur. Todd talked about what he’s been up to since he traded in his baseball cleats for business shoes. Make sure to check him out at ToddStottlemyre.com, StottlemyreGameOfTheWeek.com, and on Twitter @ToddStottlemyre.
Todd Vernon Stottlemyre (born May 20, 1965 in Yakima, Washington) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 15 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the son of Mel Stottlemyre, former New York Yankees pitcher. His brother Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. also pitched in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals in 1990.
He was selected by the Blue Jays out of UNLV as the third overall pick in the 1985 MLB draft. His fastball, average (high) velocity, clocked at around 92-93 mph. Stottlemyre possessed above average control of his pitches. His style of pitching was direct; using an inside fastball to challenge opposing hitters. Furthermore, he possessed an above average slider, curveball, and later on, a splitter (adopted from teammate Dave Stewart). As an above average pitcher, Stottlemyre made a direct contribution to the Blue Jays’ 1992 & 1993 World Series victories.
We asked Todd …
1. Todd, can you take us through what you’ve been doing since you left baseball?
2. What are some traits or lessons you developed as a player that you carried through to your post-baseball career?
3. What companies are you involved with? What companies are you invested in? Why did you pick those companies?
4. What has been the toughest part of the transition from Todd Stottlemyre, MLB pitcher, to Todd Stottlemyre, Entrepreneur and Businessman?
5. Todd, you’re a former athlete that didn’t just hang everything up when you retired from the game you played. There are many former athletes out there who make the millions over their career and we find a few years later that they blew it all. When did you decide to take a different path? What did you learn from those other players who lost it all?
6. Tell us about the “Stottlemyre Game of the Week.” What is it? How can the listeners get involved?
7. I’m a diehard Phillies fan. When your Blue Jays beat the Phils in ’93, it broke my heart. Who do you like this year?
8. Todd, how is baseball like entrepreneurship? I always likened the two to a test of wills and perseverance. I always believe that, similar to a baseball season, being an entrepreneur is more a marathon than a sprint. What do you think?
9. If you could give the members of Gen Y one tip, what would it be?
10. How can listeners get in contact with you and learn more about what you’re working on?
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