CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Mike Leake certainly isn't one for being idle. This is a guy who was bored one day at college and built a new deck for his baseball coach at Arizona State without permission.
Shut down from pitching for the rest of the year, Leake is not on the active roster for the National League Division Series and is trying to make the most of it.
"In BP, I try to help out with whatever they need. I'll play first base, receive the ball," Leake said. "If anyone asks me to do something, I'll do it. It's tough to find things to do when there's no possibility to be in a game."
Leake finished the season 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 24 games but had a 3.78 ERA over his 22 starts. After skipping over the Minors, he reached 138 1/3 innings during his first season.
Maybe there will be another postseason where Leake gets to participate. This time, he just watches and takes it all in.
"I noticed that every pitch means something, even if it's a ball called," Leake said. "Everybody cares."