I have been asked by several family members, friends, and fans how I feel about being invited to Major League spring training and what my expectations and goals are regarding big league camp. When the Baseball Ladies asked me via twitter (side note: my twitter handle is mschwimer, for those of you who are interested in following me) to write about these same topics I was excited to share my thoughts, and be able to reference this entry when people ask me these questions in the future.
I know most of you are wrapped up in draft mania right now so I thought I would distract you with another column idea. I will be the middle man in a Q and A with Jarred Cosart and Brody Colvin. I read a lot of posts and comments regarding both of these players, so I thought it would be interesting for them to answer your questions. All questions MUST come to me via email at email@example.com. If you ask a question in the comments section I can promise you that it will not be answered by them.
First let me thank you for your patience. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted an article. I have received many encouraging emails to share my insights pertaining to my performance this year. As I write this entry, It is now Saturday May 22nd, and we are currently 40 games into the season. Before the season started I made a promise to myself that I would not look at my cumulative stats until this point. As you know, I believe in a relevant sample size and for me that is completion of at least 30% of my season workload. I also evaluate my own performance differently than most other people.
I would like to start by thanking everyone for taking the time to respond to my earlier post. I received good constructive criticism along with helpful ideas for the future. Also a lot of you took the opportunity to ask interesting questions, so since many of you wanted to see more Q&A, here goes…..
As you know, I have been writing columns at this site for about a year now and I would like your feedback about their content. The columns to date have included my insights into the world of minor league baseball. I have written several types of articles that include: Q and A, mailbag, pitching philosophy, daily life, pitching mechanics, and interaction with big league players. Which type of column is your preference? Is there a topic I haven’t covered that you would like to read about? I have really appreciated your support during this past year and I would like to improve upon the content of my columns so that you get to read what is of interest to you. If you would like to provide me with your feedback, or if you have other questions you would like for me to answer, please feel free to let me know in the comments section or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I arrived at Bright house Field on January 27th at 830am. When I arrived, there were 10-15 players at the complex already working out. The players ranged from the 32 year old, best pitcher in baseball, Roy Hallady, to the 19 year old, highly touted pitching prospect, Jarred Cosart. Mike Zagurski and Scott Mathieson were also there getting in shape to try and make the big league club.
It turns out my 2 part column is turning into a trilogy…
November 22nd marked the start of my off season. During the off season I like to set short term goals for myself because that is the most effective way for me to obtain long term results. I broke down the off season into 4 sections, and had goals to achieve for each section.
It has been 163 days since my last entry, but no one is allowed to yell at me for my hiatus because I am writing this on February 19th, 2010, my 24th birthday. The past 163 days have been a complete roller coaster ride for my life and baseball career.
Long time no talk. I blame that totally on myself, but I have been extremely busy in Arizona. To make up for this atrocity I have decided to offer a special feature. All the Phillies on the team (Scott Mathieson, Steve Susdorf, Dominic Brown, Tuffy Gosewisch, Troy Hanzawa, Edgar Garcia, Mike Cisco, and myself) have agreed to answer questions from the loyal Phillie phaithful. If you send your questions to email@example.com, and include who the question is for, I will write down our answers and post it. Feel free to ask any and all questions as nothing is off limits. I am not going to promise I will use all of the questions, but I will do the best I can. I hope this makes up for my lack of writing.
If you have been a consistent reader of this blog you will recall my first entry in which I described the struggles and the grind that is minor league baseball. Unless you have gone through it, you really can’t understand how grueling a 140 game season is on both your body and mind. The best part about the journey is seeing your hard work pay off and on September 6th it did for me, when we beat the Connecticut Defenders to clinch a spot in the AA Eastern League playoffs. Continue reading Why We Play the Game