My 4th interview ran like clock work. Maxx Tissenbaum, a Canadian shortstop turned catcher for the Charlotte Stone Crabs was nice enough to interview to me for an awesome 20 minutes. Maxx is also a blogger and was named a Florida State League Mid Season All Star. If you want to check out his blog, click HERE! Here's the recap from the interview!
Answer: Jose Berrios (J.O. Berrios) or Daniel Norris Berrios is a power pitcher with a 94-95 MPH fastball and Norris is a pitcher with a 92 MPH fastball with a big, looping curveball.
What are some of your biggest fears when you are up to the plate?
Answer: Try not to be afraid with an 0-2 count, I'm usually confident with an 0-2 count unlike most hitters.
When and where was your first professional home run?
Answer: It was my first season, 3rd or 4th game. I was with the Eugene Emeralds (San Diego Padres short season affilate) and we were playing against the Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers short season affilate) in the Northwest League. It was a line drive home run over the centerfield wall, and I assumed that it wasn't going to be a home run, but then it cleared the wall when I was about halfway to first.
How do you change your approach against a side-arm or submarine pitcher?
Answer: They don't throw hard, so you got to wait and let the ball come to you.
What are some of your baseball related "pet peeves"?
Answer: I don't like when the batters or pitchers have fidgets (ex. David Ortiz with the spitting into the hands and Nomar Garciaparra readjusting everything after every at bat).
What is the biggest stereotype about minor leaguers?
Answer: That hearing "professional baseball athletes" you automatically assume that we are rich athletes. Everyone assumes that baseball players are rich, because of hearing big names like A-Rod and Pujols getting an absurd amount of money to play baseball.
What are some funny facts that your teammates don't know about you?
Answer: I used to do movies and commericals and I play hockey as often as I can after practices.
Your favorite pro team is...?
Answer: Ehh I might get in trouble... but a toss up between the Yankees and the Rays.
What are your individual goals?
Answer: Get as much work as I can in as catcher and receive the ball behind the plate. SIDE NOTE: I asked who the toughest pitchers with the most signs were, he said that his roommate Kevin Brandt had the most complex signs.
What is the coolest name in minor league baseball besides your own team name?
Answer: Omaha Storm Chasers and Durham Bulls.
When do you believe you'll be contributing in the Majors?
Answer: In a few years.
Who was your biggest influence growing up?
Answer: My parents. They would hit ground balls to me after school and practice with me after school.
How many blog views do you have and what do you blog about?
Answer: I blog about our season. I have about 22,000 views on my blog.
How close were you to sign with the Blue Jays?
Answer: Not very close at all... the Jays picked a ton of Canadian players before me and said that unless something crazy happens, we aren't going to sign you. I had my heart set on college anyways.
What was your experience like playing in the Arizona League?
Answer: It was a long, brutal schedule and there were 115-120 degree days in the summer and the schedule was basically a three hour practice then a game. The games were usually really slow, because everyone would be tried and they would make a lot of errors.