Mike Myers loves a challenge. Thank goodness, because the pitcher’s resume is filled with 10 different teams: Giants, Marlins, Tigers, Brewers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Red Sox, Yankees and White Sox. He was in the majors with most of those clubs, however if he hadn’t taken some advice during his stop in Detroit, his run may have stopped with the Tigers. That was when a Hall of Fame pitcher told Mike he needed to add some funk to his stuff. That funk became Mike’s signature: a sidearm throw. It wasn’t easy to master, and it took Mike about 40 games in the minors to physically get the movement down and to mentally come to terms with being a pitcher in the bullpen. Prior to that, Mike had always been a starter. Little did he know how much he would love being a reliever and how far it would take his career.
These days, Mike is a liaison for MLB’s Player’s Association – a job he saw a need for as a player because he never fully understood the ins and outs of the business. The job didn’t exist when Mike retired, so he went to the MLBPA in New York and presented his thoughts. They created the job and now Mike, along with two others, split up the league and spend the season reaching out and educating players about their rights, the Collective Bargaining Agreement and much more.