Ryan Westmoreland at Northeastern


♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫
Dec 3, 2003
Off the beaten track
Cool article by Ian Thompson about what Ryan Westmoreland is up to these days. He is currently enrolled in a Northeastern University partnership with MLB that enables current and former players to earn degrees.

I am definitely biased, as Ryan is a good friend (my brain bleed brother), but I think he was the best Red Sox OF prospect I ever saw in my many decades following the team. It’s wonderful to see him flourishing in life after all he’s endured, with a coaching gig at UMass Dartmouth, a phenomenal supportive caring wife, and a 2nd daughter on the way this spring.

The Northeastern program looks awesome, as well. From the article:

“The first-of-its-kind partnership between Northeastern and MLB is designed to help players invest in new careers after baseball. The program enables players to work toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree at Northeastern, in-person or online. The university provides one-on-one access to academic and career coaching that is tailored to each student’s goals. Tuition and other costs can be covered by a continuing education program in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

More than 120 current or former professional ballplayers have enrolled in the Northeastern-MLB partnership, and at least 33 have graduated. The students include little-known minor-leaguers, as well as Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the catcher of the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, and Carlos Peña, the Northeastern Hall-of-Famer who became an All-Star during his 14-year Major League career.”

Ryan is the toughest, most resilient man I know. It’s fantastic to see him winning at life.


SoSH Member
Apr 11, 2012
That's really cool, I'm glad to see this type of investment, especially for minor league players.

Jim Ed Rice in HOF

Red-headed Skrub child
SoSH Member
Jul 21, 2005
Seacoast NH
Ryan is the toughest, most resilient man I know. It’s fantastic to see him winning at life.
I have no doubt this is true. Those top prospect lists are filled with guys that for whatever reason never pan out - they can hit AA pitching but not MLB stuff, they never develop a good secondary pitch and so on. Coming to grips with that for them is I'm sure enough of a struggle. To lose that dream overnight, as well going from having elite athletic skills to not being able to do many routine tasks is just a whole different level of change thrust upon a 19 year old. The fact that he's doing what he's doing today, along with the attitude he does it with, is amazing.


has trust issues
SoSH Member
Nov 6, 2001
Unreal America
Thanks so much for sharing. Reading through what he deals with on a daily basis in terms of vision and balance... I can't even imagine. His resilience is unbelievable.