By Kent Larsen
RM Starts Pro Baseball Career in Minors Next Week
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- Three years after returning from an LDS mission to
the Philippines, Doug Dent has received a new call, and heads to Mobile,
Alabama Saturday. Dent will throw his 90 mph fastball for the Mobile
BayBears, a double-A team in the San Diego Padres organization.
The call came just a few months after Dent married University of Utah
All-American sprinter Amy Tidwell, who corresponded with him while he was on
his mission. Most recently, Dent, a two-sport star at San Juan High School,
has been an assistant coach for Placer High School, where his
brother-in-law, Mark Lee, is the basketball coach.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Dent still believes his mission was good for
him, even though it has taken a while to get back into baseball form. "The
Philippines was a great experience, a real life experience. Even if people
weren't interested in what I had to say, they always invited you in for
something to eat. Amazing people. I didn't pick up a baseball for two years.
I missed it, but the time off was good for me."
Home Cookin': Dent back to old pitch -- His new mission is with Padres' Double-A club
Sacramento CA Bee 6Feb01 S2