Playing Ball with Mitch Harris, USNA ‘08

Oct 4, 2021 | 10X Vets, USNA

“Nothing will ever feel as good as striking someone out in front of 40,000 people, but helping new clients realize what they can accomplish for their families with the financial resources they have and seeing the look of relief and amazement on their faces comes pretty close.” 

– Mitchell Harris (USNA ‘08)

Mitch Harris graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008 and served as a Surface Warfare Officer before he knocked it out of the park as a professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. Mitch is a member of our 10X Vets program and one of few Service Academy grads to play professional baseball. He is now a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch where works with families and small business owners to assist with every aspect of their financial lives, helping them discover what is truly important and build a structured plan to help them achieve their goals.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Mitch balanced military service and a professional baseball career 
  • How the U.S. Naval Academy helped him realize his dream
  • Transitioning between military service, professional baseball and a career in finance
  • Why Mitch is passionate about being a financial advisor

We also discuss Mitch’s deployments with the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, how pitch practice on the flight deck made him a more accurate player, and how Mitch got back into baseball shape following his military service. We loved talking to Mitch about how he managed multiple career transitions and why he decided to become a financial advisor. It’s awesome to hear how he is leveraging the skills he gained in the military and professional baseball to help his clients succeed.

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Special thanks to Mitch for joining me this week. Until next time!

– Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

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