Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 11, 2013 10:00 PM Comments: 3
Following four seasons in the minors with the Orioles organization, catcher Justin Dalles called it quits last autumn. Needing a break from the game, the Florida resident, who was about to turn 24 years old, departed from his pro career in search of some peace of mind and a change of pace. What he found was a renewed love for the game of baseball and a meaningful dose of reality.
Dalles, a sixth round draft choice of Baltimore in 2009 posted a .229 batting average with 15 homers and 83 RBI in 225 games over four levels of the minors, primarily as a backup. Drained from the game, the University of South Carolina product headed north from Frederick, MD, home of Baltimore’s Class A Advanced affiliate, to stay with a friend on Long Island, not far from where he was born in New York City.
The real world awaited and life away from baseball began with Dalles waiting tables and tending bar at a local establishment. Then an onslaught of damaging weather struck the region as Hurricane Sandy inflicted damage on thousands of homes along the New York/New Jersey and surround coasts. An opportunity to help people presented itself, as a friend of Dalles’s cousin, who was a plumber involved with repairing many impacted structures all over the area, had job openings available. The backstop didn’t back down from a challenge and began learning a trade with a shot to ease the struggles of hundreds of troubled coastal residents.
“I was pretty much an assistant plumber, working recovery for the hurricane and working any little job, like construction, that I could pick up, doing anything I could,” Dalles said. Continue reading After Dabbling in Retirement and Hurricane Relief, Catcher Dalles Having a Productive Season