2016 Free Agent pitcher Corey Kluth
Interview conducted on 5/17/2016
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Looking to play conference, C/B – firstname.lastname@example.org & Kluthc05@gmail.com
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Best I've watched is Andy Purcell, as a pitcher I love watching what he does on the bump.
Best I've played with would be B-Neal from SWIING KIINGS. I've played with some damn good SS's and MI's but hands down he is the best I've been on the field with.
Why do you like the game of softball?
Gives me an outlet to compete, do something other than housework, and a reason to stay in decent shape.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Have to say its 2 groups of guys, both local squads… Team Elite and Venom/ASP… both squads have a lot of young guys that can straight ball.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Klu, started in college, just easier than saying Kluth I guess.
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Oak Creek, WI
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Hanging out at home with my family and dogs… probably having a cigar.
What do you do for a living?
Credentialing Coordinator for Aurora Health Care. (Desk Job, real boring)
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
High school football and basketball.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Started on a work team, I was brutal haha.
I started getting into more competitive ball last year, joined an E team late in 2014, and did well. Played with them in D last year for a few tourneys, joined Posse to play D/D-Elite. Got a call in August from Todd telling me Precision Recovery (Conference C) needed a pitcher… so I played ASA C Nationals and USSSA C Worlds with them to cap off the season. Goal is to stay at the C level this year and hopefully get into conference, and continue to work my way on up.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Matching Uniforms, LOL. Speed of the game, a lot smaller holes in the infield. Pitchers don't throw rollers, and hitters usually don’t pass up too many pitches.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I’d like to say defensively I try and stay active and entertaining like Precision’s pitcher Mooch… lots of movement and energy. I’m trying to pave my own path by being a solid pitcher and hitter.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Playing ASA C worlds in OKC…. Facility is gorgeous. Will never forget how nervous I was. Shaking so much I could barely pitch. I hit 2 homeruns that game and my family was watching the live stream from home and were super excited to see me play.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Todd Ankney. He is very knowledgeable in the game and always giving me things to work on or think about to get better. He knows how bad I want to get to the upper levels and has helped me in all aspects to do so.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
I have always tagged along with guys who play B, A, Majors. Doesn’t matter if this is a rec sport in the end, don’t be satisfied with mediocrity. My advice is to learn from the best, watch how hard they work and how they do it. Learn from the best, don't get comfortable with your skills and abilities, you can always get better. Ask questions.
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?
Work out, BP, save vacation time. Sell custom pitching helmets and S2N Custom Gloves so I can afford to travel.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Green Bay Packers. Love watching football and UFC.
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Not really, more of a stick to the routine kind of guy. Stay loose and play ball.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Probably some old Linkin Park.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
ASA nationals, only big Non-Worlds tourney I've played in. Chula Vista (Wisconsin Dells) Dome tourneys are an absolute blast to play in over the winter.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
ASA HOF Stadium… just look at it!
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Custom Douglas shoulder pads when I was playing football. At the time a select few were the only youth players in Wisconsin with Douglas shoulder pads.
Best gift given was actually very small, but I knew it had big meaning. I bought a baby glove for a buddy whose infant son was having serious health issues. He bought himself and his other son a glove and I felt like the little dude needed one too. So threw a custom baby glove into the box. Needless to say the end result was very emotional; he and his wife were beyond excited. I didn’t realize how bad the situation was and how much a small gift really brought some light into the family.