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Hunter now the hunted, as networks and clubs come calling

Torii Hunter’s longtime agents are fielding calls from executives at multiple networks and clubs who are interested in talking to the nine-time Gold Glove winner about his career off the baseball field.

“I’ve been getting calls on Torii for broadcasting for four or five years now,” said Mike Dillon, executive vice president of Reynolds Sports Management. “Most of the major networks have called, checking in on him. Now that he has retired, I have some meetings.”

Hunter announced his retirement Oct. 26 after 19 MLB seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers. He played his last year as a Twin, after playing there most of his career. Although he’s known for his fielding, he’s a five-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger winner, as well.

Working in an MLB club front office position is also a possibility for Hunter, Dillon said, though the calls from networks outnumber those from clubs.

Torii Hunter brought his playing career to an end in October.
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Hunter has been represented by Reynolds Sports Management since before the Twins drafted him in the first round in 1993.

“Torii will be successful in anything he decides to do both on and off the field,” said Larry Reynolds, who heads up the firm. “Torii cares about the game, and his goal in any career he decides to pursue is to give back to the game that gave him so much.”

The agency has experience representing broadcasters. Reynolds’ brother, former player Harold Reynolds, is an analyst for Fox Sports and MLB Network, and Larry Reynolds has represented him in broadcasting work.

The firm’s other broadcasting clients include Twins broadcaster Bert Blyleven and former MLB outfielder Matt Diaz. On the club personnel side, Reynolds represents Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing.

Reynolds Sports Management’s focus is on the field, where it represents more than 20 MLB players, including free agents Justin Upton and Howie Kendrick.

“Player representation will always be our bread and butter, but getting involved with broadcasting and coaching allows us to continue our relationship with our clients and guide them to success in their post-playing careers,” Dillon said.

Hunter does not have to work, having earned $171 million in his playing career, and he is not likely to make any decisions until after the college football season, Dillon said. One of Hunter’s sons, Torii Hunter Jr., is a wide receiver at Notre Dame, and another, Monshadrik “Money” Hunter, is a defensive back at Arkansas State.

> CAA SIGNS AURIEMMA: Creative Artists Agency has signed Geno Auriemma, women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and the coach of the U.S. team that will compete at the Olympics in Rio next year.
Auriemma will be represented by a team of agents led by Jeff Jacobs and Bret Just. He has been without representation for about a year.

> CAA SIGNS McELROY: CAA also has signed SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy, a former Alabama quarterback, for broadcast work.

McElroy reportedly had one of the highest scores ever on the Wonderlic cognitive ability test given to prospects at the NFL combine but retired from the NFL after one season. He will be represented by a team of agents. He was formerly represented by Playbook Inc.

> EXCEL SIGNS WISLER: Excel Sports Management has signed promising Atlanta Braves pitcher Matt Wisler for representation.

Wisler will be represented by a team of agents in the baseball division, which is led by Casey Close.

Wisler was formerly represented by Sosnick Cobbe Karon Sports.

Wisler originally was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the seventh round in 2011 and was traded to the Braves in April. He won his MLB debut game in June.

Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SBJLizMullen.