For Major League Baseball players, offseasons generally mean time for relaxation. Many of them travel, spend time with family and catch up on the things they aren't able to do during the summer because of the baseball grind.
Minor leaguers, on the other hand, sometimes have to work during their time off. They make a fraction of what major leaguers earn salary-wise and some supplement that income with other jobs. Three Nationals minor leaguers, for instance, spent time this winter as substitute teachers.
A story this week on MiLB.com highlighted the trio which includes infield prospect Mike McQuillan and relief pitchers Bryan Harper and Greg Holt. All three taught this offseason for about $100 a day, all in their respective offseason hometowns. McQuillan taught in South Side Chicago, Harper subbed in Las Vegas, NV and Holt worked in Winston-Salem, NC.
Harper, the older brother of Bryce, has actually been teaching for three years now. He told MiLB.com he has an app on his phone to communicate his availability with the school system. He enjoys teaching at schools in underprivileged areas of Vegas and also has experience working with children who have special needs.
"It was awesome for me to have the opportunity to work with the special-ed kids," he told MiLB.com. "It reminds me how blessed I am personally. Seeing these kids that are less fortunate, it gives me the chance to give back to my high school and also to the kids in the area I grew up."
The article has some great insight on teaching and helping kids from all three players, it's definitely worth checking out.