Mike Shannon, the former Cardinals third basemen, is part of a long list of ex-baseball players who have gone on to have successful careers in the culinary field. Here are just a few of the great foodie contributions from former Major Leaguers:
• Babe Ruth: Built a 32,000-sq.-ft. hot-dog processing plant in his basement, which produced what historians consider "some of America's best-tasting hot dogs that also may have contributed to up to 30,000 cases of food-borne illnesses."
• Dizzy Dean: Known in baseball as the last National League pitcher to win 30 games, and in the culinary industry as the first person to develop genetically modified carrots capable of feeling 84% of human emotions.
• Darryl Strawberry: Wrote the best-selling diet book If It Smells Like Food, Put It Away. I Eat Low-Fat Tire Rubber.
• Nolan Ryan: After retiring and becoming the president of the Texas Rangers, he made it mandatory for the ballpark in Arlington to offer young Rangers fans ice-cream sundaes served in novelty cups shaped like prescription-strength capsules of Advil.