Updated: 05/23/2014 11:27 AM
Created: 05/22/2014 6:20 PM KSTP.com
Former Twins pitcher Cole De Vries of Eden Prairie is doing a different kind of throwing these days -- throwing a lot of boxes and other trash into dumpsters. At 29-years-old, De Vries says he has retired from baseball and is remodeling and selling houses in the Twin Cities. He also has an interest in commercial real estate.
He was on the Twins opening day roster last season, but an injury set him back and he had to head to Rochester. He was at AAA for most of 2013, but finished the year with the Twins. The Twins took him off the 40-man roster in the winter and he became a free agent. His agent got calls from teams including the Red Sox, Orioles, and the Blue Jays, but no offer ever came.
De Vries knows that he's still good enough to pitch somewhere at Triple-A, but he says he's fine walking away from baseball and beginning a new career.
Click on the video box above to hear more about Cole's decision, and to learn what he's most looking forward to experiencing for the first time this summer.