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Former first-round pick Karsten Whitson focused on proving value after 11th-round selection - Over the Monster

Really? No regrets?

Sure, Whitson lost nearly $2 million dollars by going to college, but the now 22-year-old has no regrets.

“College was easily the best four years of my life,” Whitson said. “I can’t wait to get back in the offseason and work out and get up with some old friends. I think it helped me a lot as a person and as a player. It matured me and was able to walk away with that degree, so mom and dad were happy and it was good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 21, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4755027)
Karsten obviously had a rough go of things at UF. He was pretty brilliant in 2011 for a Gators team that came achingly close to winning a national championship, but his career after that pretty much became a string of injuries and lost stuff. And all of that while pitching for a head coach and a coaching staff known for laudable protection of arms and solid pitcher development skills.

Still, if Whitson's family is well-off, I suppose he might walk away from the experience happy. I'm sure he had plenty of fun on campus, and that experience probably couldn't be replicated riding buses in Low-A.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: July 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM (#4755049)

yeah, it helps when your dad made $10M+ in 1980s dollars.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4755058)
yeah, it helps when your dad made $10M+ in 1980s dollars.

Unless your Cecil Fielder's kid...
   4. bob gee Posted: July 21, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4755282)
or cutter dykstra...
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: July 21, 2014 at 02:42 PM (#4755295)
or Pete Rose Jr
   6. Lars6788 Posted: July 21, 2014 at 03:01 PM (#4755316)
I thought he was Ed Whitson's nephew but it seems he's not related to Ed at all.
   7. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 21, 2014 at 03:03 PM (#4755319)
I thought he was Ed Whitson's nephew but it seems he's not related to Ed at all.

So he can still end up a True Yankee. Whew!
   8. BDC Posted: July 21, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4755370)
Interesting in TFA and other stories about Whitson is the utter lack of interest in his college degree. He was an academic all -SEC honoree and graduated in Family/Youth/Community Sciences ... No, I don't know what that is either. But he didn't just have fun for four years, he also has the basis of a career. $2M is a lot of money, but it's not infinite wealth, and even for that high a draft pick the scholarship has tangible value.
   9. DL from MN Posted: July 21, 2014 at 05:22 PM (#4755374)
academic all -SEC


Meaning he used all the colors in the box?
   10. alilisd Posted: July 21, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4755378)
I thought he was Ed Whitson's nephew but it seems he's not related to Ed at all.

So he can still end up a True Yankee. Whew!


Brilliant!
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: July 21, 2014 at 05:50 PM (#4755381)

weird - after seeing No. 6, I remember him actually being said to be Ed's nephew, not son, in numerous reports. In fact, I grabbed an extra 2nd-rd fantasy ball pick because I liked Karsten's bloodlines and considered him as attractive as the other guy I was interested in. The next pick belonged to an owner who coveted the other guy, so I felt like I got a "free pick" and Karsten Whitson, too.

the other guy was ..... Matt Harvey. ouch, although given our limited ownership window, I dodged an even bigger bullet.

and now I'm seeing that, apparently, Karsten is no relation at all.

   12. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 21, 2014 at 05:50 PM (#4755382)
The Family, Youth and Community Sciences (FYCS) major is an applied social science program that provides education and experience for careers in human services, community development, cooperative extension, and youth professions.
Students develop in-depth knowledge in individual and family development and functioning in a community and societal context. Students learn intervention skills such as interpersonal communication; program planning, management and administration; social policy; applied research and evaluation; and community-based education.


Sounds like a social work department.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: July 21, 2014 at 06:12 PM (#4755391)
Mo' money, mo' problems
   14. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 21, 2014 at 06:13 PM (#4755392)
Family, Youth and Community Sciences is one of the more popular majors for athletes at UF. Tebow graduated with a degree in FYCS, and I think a lot of current football players are also in that school (though the online roster no longer includes easily searchable majors).

Doesn't mean it isn't a legit major, of course. Like most courses of study, I imagine the usefulness of it is directly related to the seriousness with which it's taken by the person studying it.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 21, 2014 at 08:03 PM (#4755436)
“College was easily the best four years of my life,” Whitson said.

Translation: College sex is better than minor league sex.

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