Player works to find life after baseball

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Connor Fannon

Connor Fannon

Connor Fannon, 22, played his final baseball game for Oakland University last May. Photo courtesy of Connor Fannon

Connor Fannon, 22, stepped away from competitive baseball in May. Fannon has played since he was 6, and made it to Division I college baseball with Oakland University.

But after graduation, his career ended.

“It’s weird,” Fannon said. “I have so much more time now. I’ll find myself sitting on my couch with nothing to do.”

Fannon has since started working for his dad’s company, Fannon Products, in Algonac, Michigan, about 45 minutes northeast of his hometown of Detroit.

“I’ve been focused on training for work,” Fannon said. “That’s the biggest reason I can’t say I miss baseball quite yet. I’ve been pretty focused.”

But Fannon knows that day is coming, and it’s not the competitiveness that he misses: it’s his teammates.

“(Teammates) are definitely what I miss the most,” Fannon said. “I used to see them every day, but I don’t now. And with social media, I see what they’re doing, and I miss being there.”

Fannon still lives near Oakland, so he’s nearby when his teammates are playing. But he still hasn’t gone and met up with the current team so far this year.

“I don’t want to be ‘that guy’ that sticks around too long,” Fannon said. “I’ve met up with some of the older players and grabbed a drink after work, but I haven’t gone and seen the new team.”

Fannon’s family has also noticed some gradual shifts in Connor since he stopped playing.

“I have noticed Connor become less competitive since he has stopped playing,” Sean Fannon, Connor’s brother, said. “It comes out when we play golf. His attention is now is going towards his job and his future. He seems to be adjusting to boredom pretty well.”

Sean’s a college baseball player at Lawrence Technical University, so watching Connor leave baseball is a bit of a learning experience for him as well.

“Watching Connor stop playing baseball showed how quickly that transition to the workforce really is,” Sean said. “Even when it comes to, like, an energy level, I’ve seen him change his workout routine because the grind of a work day is a different type of grind than his college athlete life.”

Connor Fannon also talked about his gym habits and how he has started to take more note of his workouts.

“I’m not going to practice every day, so I’ve really had to make an effort to make sure I get my time in at the gym,” Fannon said.

Fannon gives off the sense that he’s happy with where he is. He’s got a job he likes and he misses his teammates.

When asked about coaching baseball one day, he brushes it off.

“When I’m a dad, I’ll definitely be his coach,” Fannon said. “I can’t wait for that.

“I might still go play for one of the teams in Utica,” referring to the four semi-pro baseball teams that play in the United Shore Professional Baseball League.

“I might still try and play with them for a few seasons,” Fannon said. “Get coached up a bit more, and who knows, maybe I can still sign on with a team (for a minor league contract).”

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