Vanderbilt product weighs what’s next in baseball – Nashville Post (subscription) (blog)
authors David Boclair
It’s possible that Antoan Richardson has played his last game.
Even if that is the case, he is not done with baseball.
The 33-year-old outfielder out of Vanderbilt currently does not have a contract with a Major League team for the 2017 season but says there are several franchises that would like to have him – in some capacity.
“I still have a chance to play in the Major League, but if that opportunity doesn’t arise, I’ve had a few offers to coach or to get into the front office of baseball,” he recently told Tribune 242 in his native Bahamas. “I just haven’t made up my mind on what direction I will go.
“I believe it will all reveal itself in another few weeks or months, whether or not I will continue to play or I will go into front office or if I remain home in the Bahamas and help out in sports in general and baseball in particular.”
Richardson is a well-known national figure in the Bahamas and this week he hosted “Career Paths to Athletic Success,” a forum that offered athletes and their parents insight into how to make informed decisions related to athletic opportunities. He enlisted some of his former Vanderbilt teammates and coaches to help.
He was one of coach Tim Corbin’s earliest recruits. He signed with Commodores in 2004 (Corbin’s second season) after two years at Palm Beach (Fla.) Junior College.
The San Francisco Giants took him in the 35th round of the 2005 MLB Draft and he has been a pro for 11 years. His career consists of 994 games – 972 of them in the minor leagues. He has played 22 Major league games, nine for Atlanta in 2011 and 13 for the New York Yankees in 2014. He was in the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles Dodgers’ systems last season but injuries limited him 21 minor-league contests and helped create the current uncertainty.
“Baseball has afforded me the opportunity to see the world,” Richardson told the newspaper. “It’s done so many things for me I can’t list them all. So whenever the ride is over, I will definitely be thankful for my life.
“I was speaking to a young man the other day and we were basically talking about how baseball saved our lives in the sense that if it wasn’t for baseball, we would have settled for so much less. So baseball has definitely been good for me.”
Which is why he has no plans to give it up.