Catching up with Blake Dean

Blake Dean

Former Crestview High School standout Blake Dean, left, watches his brother, Dakota, bat during a district tournament game against Niceville on April 23. Louisiana State University assistant baseball coach Javi Sanchez is beside him.

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 02:44 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Former Crestview High School baseball star Blake Dean was home on April 23 to watch his brother, Dakota, and the Bulldogs face Niceville in the District 2-6A tournament.

Blake hung up the spikes last spring after a stellar career at Louisiana State University and two years of minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Dodger organization.

The Dodgers drafted Dean in the eighth round of the 2010 draft; he was having a strong spring when he decided to call it quits last year.

"Pro ball just wasn't for me," he said. "I enjoyed college ball a lot, but pro ball was just too much. I enjoyed playing baseball and I enjoy being around the sport, but I just like to have a life outside of it as well.

"Once you get into pro ball, it's like they basically own you. Whatever they say, you do. I just got tired with that aspect of life."

Coaching a possibility

Dean — a 2006 Crestview graduate and All-American for the Tigers — ranks in the top five in school history in several offensive categories. He is still involved with LSU’s baseball program as an undergraduate assistant coach while finishing his sports management degree. He said he could end up coaching baseball as a career.

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