The fact that Rhett Wiseman isn’t playing baseball anymore at the age of 28 speaks to the destruction of the pandemic to the sport.
Wiseman, one of the greatest prep school players in New England history, earned Louisville Slugger All-American honors at BB&N in 2012. His college career was equally successful; he won a national championship and played in another College World Series before leaving Vanderbilt after three years in 2015. He got drafted in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals, who signed him for $554,100.
As a minor leaguer, he earned Carolina League All-Star honors in 2018 and Eastern League All-Star honors in 2019. The pandemic hit in 2020, and Wiseman’s was over by the end of 2021.
On The Base Path Podcast, he talks about the problems with baseball that have stemmed from the pandemic, starting with the end of many promising careers of minor leaguers like him.