Friday October 28th, 2016

New Team —> Team Racks/Mikens Argen Dodds




Argen L. Dodds IV

USSSA Playing History Player Page

2015 Interview

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Outfield, 1st and Catcher.

I'm not really sure what my best position is.

I'm prolly the best at being a catcher since it's not to hard to mess up.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Brian Wegman

Why do you like the game of softball?
Because it allows me to keep active and fulfill my competitiveness.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Ben Dunn, Billy Maggard and Jake Runte

Ben Dunn has the best work ethic and attitude I've ever seen out of a individual and IMO he's the best CF in the Houston area and one of the best I've seen in conference.

Billy Maggard he can hit it with the best of em and has no mercy when in the batters box. He's a great leader on the field.

Jake Runte is fairly new to softball but player SS at U of H and has a sick glove in the infield. A few more years of experience and he will be making some noise at the conference level.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Donkey or Bam Bam

I got the nickname Donkey when I very first started playing softball because I always acted like a "Donkey". I like to think I have outgrown that one.

The just got the name  Bam Bam this past year playing with Nightmare. When I first came to the team I swung a 30 oz bat so they said I looked like a grown version of Bam Bam from the flinstones with his club.

What is your height and weight?
235 lbs

Where do you call home?
League City, Texas

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Relaxing at home or out fishing and hunting

What do you do for a living?
Industrial Sales

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Highschool: Basketball, Football and Baseball

College: Football, Basketball and baseball (a few different schools)

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I'd just moved back home from College and my roommate would always go and play Friday nights at BLD. He invited me out one Fridays to play and that's when I was hooked. (Rookie coed Allstar)

New York Bill and Billy Maggard asked me to play with Crush in 2010. They were a C/B team here around Houston.


What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The respect the players show one another, the game and the umpires.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I'm still pretty new to the conference level so me personally I don't know.

Our pitcher last year compared my bat speed to Greg Connell. So I guess I'll just use that one.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
When I was asked to play at Hall of Fame Stadium with the Spurs (throw together team from Houston) and we came out and beat Dansmith  43-42 in our opening game of the tourney.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
When I started playing with Crush Billy Maggard helped me out a lot.  I was never a BP taking kinda guy is just show up and swing.  Billy would call me and have me come take BP with him wherever he could find a open field. He helped me with my bat control and taught me how to cut the ball instead of using my strength to force it out.

Evan Gallmeier this past year was always talking to me about pitch selection and situational hitting at the conference level.  Which helped me add a few more walks

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work at it like it's your job.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Overlap. I swing a 30oz Endload early on the tourney and switch to a 28 Endload late

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Work out and condition.
This year I'll focus more on conditioning and my flexibility.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
All Houston Based sports teams and Football

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I don't have any superstitions..

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
"I can't stop"
– Flux Pavilion

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I feel it's fine the way it is.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The Schulenberg softball festival.

You get to go up Friday float the river then go to the concert they have there at the pavilion. Women's teams dress in costumes and play ball and men's is just everyone out there drinking and having a good time.

Haven't played in any other tourneys to compare. Although I hear the Smokys is nice

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Osceola Stadium.

The field is always on good condition and it's fun hitting them out of the stadium

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Usually just go to a Jimmy johns or hooters.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Billy Maggard playing in a santa's little Helper outfit at Schulenberg with a 10in tee ball glove drunk at SS LOL Sorry billy

Or North Budfest when Jon reached out and swung and farted all at once (lord knows what else) haha sorry Jon

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Hmm.. I've had a conversation with Michael Jordan when the all star game was here in Houston. Met him at a silent auction in Houston for NBA players to bid on random things for charity.

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Allstate honors my junior year of High school in basketball




16 responses to “New Team —> Team Racks/Mikens Argen Dodds”

  1. Ethan Stuckly says:

    Good dude here… he kills the ball. Good luck this year bud

  2. Falcons nest says:

    Great ball player! Not that great at clash of clans though. You the man a.r. Gen.

  3. Rick Wilk says:

    In the short amount of time I have played softball. This guy right here has helped me more with my swing then I ever thought was possible. Thank you Argen!

  4. Gregory Benigar says:

    Great guy, very level headed and willing to help to make you better.

  5. Beezy says:

    Great dude for sure. And lots of Pop. See you this year in show.

  6. Al says:

    Great dude and can hit it a ton, bam-bam!

  7. Southern Gents says:

    Insane amount of raw talent when it comes to hitting a softball, I always thought I could hit a softball pretty well until I batted behind him for two years. Long haul bombers tour 2015. I watched this guy swing so hard in a HR derby he came out of his pants….had to continue in his sliding shorts and still took 1st(sorry had to bud lol)

  8. J Perry says:

    Definitely one of the best young power hitters in the country and a great teammate. Don’t let him fool you, he can throw guys out at home plate from the center field fence…I look forward to watching your success this year… Congrats bud!

  9. Jacob Hoffman says:

    Great guy, im a local lower player and Argen is a great role model to look up to, the ball just doesn’t come off the same way it comes off his bat.

  10. Travis Urschel says:

    Good guy with lots of experience playing. Great hitter!

  11. NIGHTMARE says:

    Great guy, even better teammate. Played all season with him last yesr and watched him mature and grow as a player… Great Pick up for any team needing one… Ridiculous power

  12. Big Poppa says:

    Why the release from VCH? Not trying to stir. He’s a big loss for that team. Very good hitter that will be top 5 hitter in the game soon.

  13. Dillon #3 says:

    Great kid on and off the field…..can hit it a mile and will definitely help any team that decides to pick him up! Best of luck bub!

  14. JB13 says:

    Great guy and even better teammate! Even though he can hit the ball a mile, he will keep it in when needed to save it for the right situation. He will be a big piece for whoever picks up him!

  15. Southern Barrel Apparel #13 says:

    What’s your contact info. Would love to get you a tryout!!

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