Where are they now? Steve Sax
Scrappy second baseman a success in business world
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Sax played 14 seasons in the Majors, his first eight with the Dodgers, earning a reputation as a player whose hustling style energized his teammates.Sax, 48, has taken that approach to the business world as vice president and branch manager of the full-service securities firm RBC Wealth Management in Roseville, Calif., near Sacramento, essentially making him an estate planner. The former second baseman always worked closely with his financial adviser during his Major League career in which he earned more than $18 million, making Sax's new position a natural fit. "I love history, and that's what the stock market is, a lot of history," Sax said. "I love business and the way it works and the way things of the day either here or certainly globally affect what happens with our finances, and I just thought it was something I've always been fascinated with. I've been doing it for almost 10 years, and I love it." Sax noticed a number of players during his playing days "getting kind of taken" financially, so now he represents a few athletes, with Kris Humphries of the Toronto Raptors and former Major Leaguer F.P. Santangelo among his nearly 100 clients. "I know someday my book of business will probably contain a lot of athletes, but right now there's not a lot of guys, because I just haven't had the time to go after it and do it," Sax said. "There's some guys I'd surely like to work with. I've got the template to work with the guys, it's just that I don't have the time to go out and hunt them down."
ARI: Travis Lee | ATL: Mark Lemke
BAL: Chris Hoiles | BOS: Bill Lee
CHC: Randy Hundley | CIN: Eric Davis
CWS: Dan Pasqua | CLE: Dave Burba
COL: Curtis Leskanic | DET: Steve Sparks
FLA: Charlie Hough | HOU: Doug Drabek
KC: Mike Macfarlane | LAA: Rick Reichardt
LAD: Jim Gott | MIL: Don Sutton
MIN: Kevin Tapani | NYM: Ed Kranepool
NYY: Jim Abbott | OAK: Ben Grieve
PHI: Tommy Greene | PIT: Barry Jones
STL: B. Tewksbury | SD: C. Hernandez
SF: Brian Johnson | SEA: Henry Cotto
TB: Doug Creek | TEX: Dave Hostetler
TOR: Alex Gonzalez | WAS: W. Fryman
Sax also is registered as a financial adviser with the NFL and works with a few retired football players.On his company's Web site, Sax's value statement says, "I believe that every relationship is a two-way street, with open communication as the paramount factor. As my client, we will make investment decisions together, which are focused on your financial objectives and are continually monitored and changed as needed. I will serve as your financial coach, and will conduct our relationship with integrity, honesty, confidentiality and a positive attitude."
Sax said former teammates, many of whom he visited with Aug. 2 at Dodger Stadium for the Dodgers' celebration of the 1980s, think what he's doing is a "pretty cool thing because they've seen the same things that I've seen."Now working in the business world, Sax is enjoying the same type of success he did in the Majors during a career in which he made five All-Star teams, earned 1982 National League Rookie of the Year honors and stole 444 bases, not to mention the 1988 World Series championship he won with the Dodgers. "Business couldn't be better right now," Sax said.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.