Former baseball player praises higher education

A former Chicago Cubs baseball player says he values his college degree.
A former Chicago Cubs baseball player says he values his college degree.

Some individuals who dream of becoming professional athletes overlook the value of higher education. However, Doug Glanville, a former baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, recently told the Kansas City Star that deciding to attend college was one of the best decisions he made during his career.

Glanville earned a degree in engineering from a Pennsylvania-based school, largely due to the encouragement of his parents.

“College ended up becoming an asset,” Glanville told the news outlet. “Baseball is a game of families. You see parents out there trying to figure out what’s next for their kids. My parents supported me a lot as a result of my focus on education. They knew that it was important.”

After his baseball career ended, Glanville used his education and knowledge of the sports industry to become an op-ed writer for The New York Times and an author. He is currently an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students who decide to pursue at least an associate's degree typically see higher salaries as well as lower chances of unemployment.

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