Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ross Stripling has been keeping busy without baseball during the coronavirus pandemic.
It seems the Major League Baseball player’s union should be calling Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling for financial advice while negotiating with the owners over a revenue share plan for the 2020 season.
The Dodgers pitcher has been spending his time during the coronavirus shutdown working as a financial advisor for B. Riley Wealth Management, according to the Associated Press. It is a role he keeps in the offseason, but the right-hander has found extra time due to the pause in the MLB schedule.
"“I’m a numbers guy, so the ability to scout and do scouting reports and prepare for a lineup has, I think, really transferred over from my stock market stuff,” Stripling said."
Stripling, who is set to earn a reduced amount of his $2.1 million salary this season, is managing roughly $10 million in assets across 40 stocks and 10 accounts. The AP report indicates he even manages the money of a few former teammates.
The Los Angeles Dodgers tried to trade Ross Stripling during the offseason.
The 30-year old reliever was nearly sent to the Los Angeles Angels during the offseason, but the trade fell apart after the Mookie Betts trade with the Boston Red Sox was renegotiated. Stripling expressed mixed emotions about returning to a stacked Dodgers roster after learning he could have had the opportunity to pitch as a starter for the Angels.
The Dodgers are set to enter the 2020 season with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urias, and Alex Wood in their regular, five-man rotation. That would leave Stripling as the odd man looking out, but the mechanics of a compressed 2020 schedule due to the pandemic could suddenly put Stripling in a starter role if the team finds it necessary to expand their rotation.
When he’s not advising clients about stocks, Stripling has also been hosting Live from Sunset Strip for the Dodgers’ Instagram account. He has interviewed a different teammate each week to give fans a glimpse into what the players are doing while waiting for baseball to return.