OKC Dodgers: Rob Segedin doubling as student on and off field
The grades were in and Rob Segedin couldn't help but boast just a little.
Two B-pluses and two steps closer to his MBA, Segedin could relax Tuesday before the Oklahoma City Dodgers' series opener against the Iowa Cubs.
“I had finals all last week while we're on the road, so it was hard balancing everything but I got it all done,” Segedin said, a smile forming.
Plane rides, bus trips and sometimes at his locker pregame, Segedin has his focus directed to his computer or cellphone studying. He's sometimes studying the opposing pitcher that day or analytics. But he's often working on homework
Segedin is a versatile player who leads the Oklahoma City Dodgers offensively, but he also doubles as an online graduate student at the University of Indiana.
“That speaks volumes in itself that you're that motivated to do stuff away from a game that really is mentally exhausting during a season,” OKC manager Bill Haselman said. “For him to have enough energy and stuff to do that with his mind and be able to study and take test and pass and do what he has to do is a huge compliment to the character and the person he is.”
Segedin graduated from Tulane in 3½ years with a double major in finance and management just as he was drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft by the New York Yankees.
Now one step closer to what he believes will secure his future after he's finished playing, he said he hopes to be a coach or in a major league front office like fellow Tulane alum and current Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
“I've seen people whose career ends, they have a family and they don't know what the next step is,” Segedin said. “There's a lot of stress with that. I wanted to make sure when I'm done playing that I'm OK with it and I'm not stressing out over the game, just taking this for the ride however long it's going to take me and wherever it's going to take me to.”
Segedin, 27, still has some baseball left.
He has been the Dodgers' most consistent hitter this season after a breakout spring training, batting .309 with eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 16 walks with a .934 OPS. He leads the Pacific Coast League with six triples.
It's an impressive jump after he struggled in a limited role within the Yankees' organization last season to a .287 average with seven homers and 34 RBIs while bouncing between Double A and Triple A. The Yankees had signed veterans who were promised more playing time, which led to Segedin planning for his future.
“It was the first time it opened my eyes that this may not be forever,” Segedin said.
He was accepted to Indiana, an online program Segedin said was one of the top in the country. Then he started classes in the winter.
Segedin is looking to take just one class this summer. He has five years to complete the program. By then, he hopes to have played in the majors before falling back on his education.
“For me, education from the time I was little was always important,” Segedin said. “It's something down the line I know is going to be worth it.”