"Gonna take a little time. A little time to think things over." - From the Foreigner song "I Want To Know What Love Is"
Maybe it was the Foreigner song that inspired Carl Galloway, or maybe it was just a smart move. Whatever it was, Carl Galloway took a little time to ponder his situation. He had played in the Phillies organization since being drafted in 2004 and didn't exactly tear things up, hitting .226 as a pro. After last season, at the age of 22, Galloway needed to make a decision after the Phillies released him. Would he continue to pursue a career as a major league baseball player or take some other course of action?
As he considered his options, he decided to walk away from the game that he loves and continue his education. Galloway will return to Biola University as a senior and continue his quest for a degree in kinesiology - a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis (don't worry, I had to look it up, too) - from Biola. "At this point in time, I think it would be better for me to finish school," said Galloway. "I hope to be done in the spring of 2007."
As for his time as a minor league ball player, Galloway said that he had fun and he wishes others well. "I only wish luck for all the guys in the organization that I played with and for," explained Galloway. "I have no ill will against the organization or any members of the Phillies. I think the reason it happened (getting released) was that I just wasn't a fit for the organization."
When he graduates, Galloway will still be just 23 and could consider a return to the game that he loves if he decides to go in that direction. The degree though will give him options and it's likely that he'll look for ways to use his degree rather than try to catch on with another organization.
While Galloway's numbers weren't enough to push him along very far in the organization, the young first baseman showed poise during his time with the Phillies. He was always coachable and always working on his skills. Now, Galloway will pursue another path looking for where he will be a fit.