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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Rob Peterson played two pro seasons, then returned home to coach basketball and teach

Rob Peterson took over the Madison High School basketball team in 2001 and saw a team with potential, according to The Wooster Daily Record.

He'd also switched sports, The Daily Record wrote, from baseball, which he played professionally, to basketball.

"We've got some experience coming back, unfortunately they haven’t experienced a whole lot of winning," Peterson told The Daily Record then. "They lost a lot of close games last year. So we've spent a lot of time doing the little things and that should help us win by two or four points, instead of losing by two or four points."

Peterson's professional baseball career took him to time in two seasons. His post-playing career has taken him into education.

Peterson's baseball career began in 1989, taken by the Pirates in the 32nd round of the draft out of the College of Wooster in Ohio. He went to Wooster out of Mansfield, Ohio's Madison High.

Peterson signed with the Pirates having played ball in the summer amateur Greater Akron AA Baseball League. In three years in the league, including his first while still in high school, Peterson made two all-star teams.

Peterson started with the Pirates at short-season Welland. The catcher got into 16 games and hit .184.

He then played 1990 at Welland and at single-A Augusta. He got into 45 games between them and hit .213. That season marked his last as a pro.

Peterson has since returned to Madison High and in 2020 is listed as the school's principal. In August 2020, Peterson took over as school superintendent for Madison Local Schools in Ohio.

After being named to his new position, Peterson told The Mansfield News Journal how playing impacted his life and career afterward. 

"I developed some relationships with a lot of my teammates and each step along the way, I learned a lot of things I put into practice in my professional career whether it be teaching, coaching or getting involved in administration," Paterson told The News Journal. "Baseball gave me so many opportunities that have really shaped who I am today."
Updated May 29, 2021

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,299
Made the Majors:1,184-35.9%
Never Made Majors:2,115-64.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 489
10+ Seasons in the Minors:286

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