"I was always into it, even in high school when they wouldn't offer those types of classes. On my own, I was interested in it," Hanigan said. "For me, it's always whenever I'm interested in something, then I'll want to know everything about it.
"You're basically looking at the history of early Western thinking all the way through. Pretty much it's how I went through it, and that's kind of how I approach everything. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top in terms of understanding it at its most basic level."
Hanigan noted that there were many applications of philosophy in regard to baseball, but he added: "I don't dwell on it too much."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.