Drew Storen, rush chairman: Nats rookie headed back to college

As a 23-year-old rookie in the major leagues, Washington Nationals righty Drew Storen(notes) still has something to learn about closing baseball games.

To wit: Storen's unfortunate outing on Sunday that ended with Jayson Werth(notes) hitting a game-ending home run for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Real-world experience will undoubtedly help Storen improve on the ball field in the future. But what about beyond the stadium?

To help fulfill that part of his curiosity, Storen is returning to his old university school — Stanford — as soon as the regular season ends in two weeks.

Storen won't be eligible to pitch for the Cardinal, but he will be able to continue pursuing a four-year degree in product design, which is part of the school's mechanical engineering program.

From the Washington Post:

[Said Storen:] "Playing baseball is like playing with house money, almost. If it works out and I don't have to work a day in my life, that's great. If not, then I fall back on a Stanford education."

If and when Storen receives his diploma (he has six quarters to go) he'll join an exclusive group of major leaguers. Though many have some college experience, only a handful of players and managers own four-year degrees. The Wall Street Journal concluded in a survey done last year that only 26 major leaguers had one. The Nats' media guide lists manager Jim Riggleman and infielder Eric Bruntlett(notes) — who has since been released — as having degrees.

You go, Drew. And take a Yoda backpack with you, like the one shown in our photoshop of you on campus. Be careful, though. Some of the professors might be different from those you remember.

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