Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and current sports sportscaster Jim Kaat spoke at the Stratton Mountain School graduation on June 13 at the Burtscher Field House on the SMS campus in Vermont. The ceremony began on Saturday at 10:30 in the morning, and Kaat’s speech was very inspiring to all of the newest graduates of the institution. The main point that he left with his audience was that they should never give up on their dreams, and Kaat even went into sharing how he managed to accomplish everything he did with that same ambition. The former baseball great was a very relevant pick for the event, given that SMS is both a academic and athletic based school whose students aim to get careers in the sports world.
The Michigan native has had just about every kind of experience a person who is interested in sports could ever want. As a player, he pitched for 24 years on the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and finally, the St. Louis Cardinals. After retirement from baseball, he briefly served as a coach and manager for the Cincinnati Reds in 1984. In addition to that, Kaat has worked as a sports analyst and broadcaster in his post-athletic career with such networks as ESPN, the MSG Network, CBS, and even for NBC to cover the 1988 Summer Olympic games. The three-time All Star Player has won numerous awards for his media work and also became a color commentator for the MLB network’s show “Thursday Night Baseball” since 2009.
Kaat spoke at this year’s Stratton Mountain School commencement earlier this month, and congratulated the newest academic and athletic graduates. His words of wisdom and tales of his experiences in baseball were something that the former students could relate to, as many of them also have similar goals in the world of professional sports.
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