Matt Blake’s trajectory to the top of the sport of baseball has been well documented in New England. The Concord, N.H., native and Holy Cross graduate spent two years in sales after his college graduation, thinking his time in baseball might be over.
Less than 15 years later, he’s the pitching coach of the New York Yankees.
“Yeah, I thought there was a chance it was over,” Blake told New England Baseball Journal Podcast host Dan Guttenplan. “When I left Holy Cross, I wanted to take a step away from baseball. I was kind of frustrated with how my college career ended. I thought I had a chance to play professional baseball, but my senior year didn’t go great. I stepped away and didn’t want to play Independent League Baseball. I figured my parents just helped me get through an expensive, private college. I needed to show them I had some level of income-generating skills. Going in and getting a sales job and learning the ropes to create revenue was important.”