Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chicago Cubs Infielder Places Career as Dentist on Hold

Chicago Cubs Infielder Darwin Barney

But, to play Major League baseball, is worth the sacrifice, no?
Chicago Cubs fans have not had a lot to smile about this season, but rookie second baseman Darwin Barney has certainly done his part.

The 25-year-old infielder has provided a number of clutch hits and dazzling plays in the field for the struggling Cubs and was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April after hitting .326 with 14 RBI.

But if this baseball gig does not pan out in the long run, Barney may end up putting smiles on the faces of dental patients. The Oregon native started his studies at Oregon State University with pre-med as a major and plans to follow his brother and father in becoming a dentist. But once the grind of traveling and playing shortstop for a College World Series championship caliber team became too much, he had to scale back his ambitious study load and put his dental school plans on hold.
I think that most families would excuse their son to play America's past time for a living.

And, Darwin IS playing pretty well.
His dental career may be on hold for some time, however, if he continues to play as well as he has so far in 2011. The Cubs were a disappointing 37-55 at the All-Star break, but Barney was hitting .306 in 75 games with 1 home run and 31 RBI. Even more impressive, the former college shortstop has been solid in the field at second base and heading into the final weekend of the first half his .368 average with runners in scoring position was sixth best in the National League.

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