Pedro Álvarez, an example to imitate upon graduating as a doctor
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At a time when, in the Major Leagues and other settings where baseball is played, scandals for the use of controlled substances and accusations of domestic violence and assault are part of our daily bread, that the former Major League third baseman Pedro Alvarez graduating as a doctor of medicine is an example to emulate.
After his retirement from the Major League diamonds, where he played for nine years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles, receiving a salary of about $20 million dollars, instead of taking the route of Mexico, China or Japan to catch a few more dollars, he decided to take the highway to Vanderbilt University where he graduated in medicine, health and society, one of his dreams that had not come true.
Álvarez, a native of Santo Domingo, retired from Major League Baseball at the age of 31, should be taken as a model by Major League Baseball (MLB) so that players who sign with millionaire bonuses and fail to make it look in that mirror. to the Great Circus, so that instead of subscribing to the crazy life of “42 street” until the last chele is left, they reflect and go back to school until they achieve a profession.
Pedro Alvarez during his major league tenure, he hit .235, with 162 home runs and 472 RBIs.
Álvarez is an example that it is never too late to cultivate the study and continue serving society.
Pedro Alvarez he fulfilled his dream and as he points out: “I always had my plans that, if I retire young from baseball, I would study medicine. For me, this was kind of a testament to my ability to do other things and apply myself.”
The first major league baseball player to graduate with a medical degree after hanging up his spikes was John Lavan, who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1908. According to American Baseball Research, Lavan played shortstop for four different teams in eleven seasons. Among them were the St. Louis Cardinals, a team he belonged to from 1919 to 1924 and with whom he ended his career as a baseball player.
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