2016 Free Agent Abdul Gaines
Interview conducted on 1/20/2016
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Free agent – GainesAbdul@gmail.com
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
1st p 2nd
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I got a few Luis Reyna, Ryan Harvey, Orlando Castillo, nic Santana, Andrew Collins
Why do you like the game of softball?
Just so close to baseball
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Kendrick Doggett for sure
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Dully cause Iam a pretty solid guy old teammates gave me that name
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Palm harbor, FL
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
With my soon to be wife on vacation beach time movies and Sunday fun day
What do you do for a living?
Own a irrigation business called Tightwater irrigation
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Actually playing up with c teams plus lots of conference guys I know in my area
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
You gotta work hard to play conference I haven't had the full exposure yet but working on my shot hopefully this year
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
No every guys has something unique to offer I know I would diffently help a team at the plate for sure
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Is when I pitch against precision Easton playing on a c team an held them to 9 runs in the hall of fame classic
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Kenneth fiertag guy just really belived in me
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
I would say if you wanna play with the big boys
Don't wait so late in your career to make that jump
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Keep working my game
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Just stay humble
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
They gotta it down pack
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Falling running bases
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Lot of people don't know of my minor league career with Memphis biscuits in 2000
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Couple championship rings in baseball softball an football