ASU online student John Baker has a lot to celebrate this month. In addition to graduating with a bachelor’s in liberal studies online degree from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Baker also works for the Chicago Cubs, who recently won the 2016 World Series, the team’s first championship in 108 years.
Originally drafted in 2002 as a junior by the Oakland A’s, Baker admits that his schedule would not allow him to finish his degree at the University of California at Berkeley, prompting him to drop out of school. After spending 13 years as a professional catcher, Baker’s playing career came to an end in 2015. Not long after, he was hired by the Chicago Cubs as the team’s mental skills coordinator.