About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

16 thoughts on “Will Ty Hensley Sign?

  1. Where's his email – I'll be happy to set him straight. I got a 33 on my ACTs – went into engineering. A more miserable vocation I have yet to run into. If he has the stuff to be a starting pitcher, nwih he's going to be happy shoveling what a beginning engineer gets into. ;)

  2. He sure has changed his tune since he was first drafted and sounded like he was all about getting started with the Yankees as soon as possible. This must just be leverage (there is an engineering pun somewhere here, but i made the poor life choice of going to law school)…

  3. So he gets an engineering degree from Ole' Miss when he's 22, has whatever career he's going to have, then tries to get a job in engineering how many years after he gets his degree? Unless he goes the Brien Taylor route, his degree is going to be pretty stale — there's this thing call technological innovations you have to keep up with. Better he should get his payday with the Yankees (which is what I think he's actually angling for with the school business) then go get an engineering degree or whatever his heart desires once his baseball career is over.

    Also, did I read the interview right that he expects his baseball career to be over at 27? That's not real promising, is it?

    • I thought that it was odd he said 27 as well. I wonder if either it was A. a typo (the interview was done via email apparently) or B. he assumes if he makes it to the majors and has a lengthy career he has no intention of going to college at 40. I'm guessing the latter.

    • I'd rather be a professional ballplayer with a 7 digit bank account at 18 and then a 27 year old college student than a regular college student at 18 hoping my skills don't diminish by 22 so I can hope to get a ML contract. /end run-onSent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

  4. Translation: Pay me more money than an engineer makes in his career and you got me.

  5. My friend and I (who are both currently studying engineering) just read this and simultaneously laughed/screamed/grunted at the same time.

    • What? You mean you'd give up your lucrative career (I mean, excruciatingly boring and expensive course of studies) to play a game and get several million dollars for your effort?


  6. I guess getting a 28 on the ACT's doesn't mean that you are as intelligent as you think. I hope he makes a wonderful career out of his engineering degree and lives to be over a 100. By that time he would have made as much money as he would in his first few years in professional baseball. As some of the previous writers have stated "have fun with your degree".

  7. I don't know how much a ballplayer is paid if he never makes the big jump to the major leagues, but I bet all the minor league ballplayers that never got "that big break" are probably wishing they had a degree to fall back on. What are they doing with their lives? Dwelling on the what-ifs? All the Brien Taylors aside (who managed to land a fat signing bonus), an engineer makes more yearly than the "failed" minor leaguer. If Ty doesn't get a big signing bonus, he'd likely earn more as an engineer :P

    I think he is pretty smart to realize that stepping into a college classroom at 27 would be very different than at 18. In my opinion, our brains sort of switch gears once we get out of school. Going back to that would be rather tough.

    • The guy is a first-round pick. It would be odd if he *didn't* get a substantial signing bonus (and as I've said, I think making that number as large as possible is what the college talk is about).

      I agree that going to college a decade after one's peers would be very different — he'd be more mature, more responsible, have real life experience and a focus on studies and results that 18-year-old generally don't. I teach law school, not college, and maturity and experience of older students really shows to their advantage (except for the few who can't handle being back a square one and feel "entitled" because of their experience, evidently having failed to acquire the "maturity" component).

      • I know what you mean about law students. Though I was surprised at how it seemed that, for most of them, it wasn't so much that they hadn't matured yet as they seemed to regress to the maturity of middle schoolers.

        • HA! How very true. I remember that in law school (a Very Long Time Ago), it was exactly like that. We were living in a fishbowl, and dinnertime conversation was always about one of the following: 1) law, 2) other law students not present, 3) our professors, 4) sports, 5) poltics, 6) sex, or some intersection thereof (the best of course being No. 6 with any of the other topics).