Why the AL Rookie of the Year is working as a part-time plumber this offseason

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Michael Fulmer just won the AL Rookie of the Year Award, but he won't treat himself to some extravagant vacation to celebrate. Instead, he'll be digging ditches or fixing a leaky faucet.


Believe it or not, the Tigers right-hander has a part-time plumbing gig in Oklahoma during the offseason. It began last offseason when Fulmer subbed for a friend, whose uncle owns a plumbing business. From the Detroit Free Press:

"I don't cut him any slack," Larry Wright, Fulmer's boss at Cyrus Wright Plumbing, a small, long-standing family business in Yukon, Okla., said. "He digs ditches and gets dirty and does whatever needs to be done." …

"Generally, it's hard," Wright said. "When he's working with me, he's usually digging in or working on jackhammers. It's pretty physical work, but he's a great worker. He always wants to know more, he wants to know what we're doing, why we're doing it, and he never complains."

Fulmer is going to need a few extra bucks now that he has to take teammate (and 2006 AL Rookie of the Year) Justin Verlander to dinner.

Fulmer might even stick around to do the dishes.