2016 Free Agent Jose A. Jimenez
Who are you playing with in 2016?
West Texas Guzzlers out of El Paso, TX in the military B division.
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What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play anywhere in the infield, including pitcher…but my best position is 5 man.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
There's a few.
Luis reyna=golden hands
Greg connell=quickest hand speed through the zone
Ryan harvey= just a pure beast
Filip washington= work ethic
Robert blackburn= magician with the bat
Dustin Roberts= great role model and representative of the game
Orlando castillo= smooth hands, good stick, and humbled
Why do you like the game of softball?
Creates a platform for meeting new people, having fun, and being competitive in an family environment.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Calvin Oliver. His work ethic is not comparable to any others and his mental approach and preparation is almost border lined insanity.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
They mostly call me Jose or Jimmy. Jose because it's my name and Jimmy because most say my last name wrong.
What is your height and weight?
6' 205 lbs.
Where do you call home?
El Paso, TX
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Spending time with my family
What do you do for a living?
Recently retired from the military, so I'm a stay at home dad, while attending school.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played both high school and college baseball. Played semi pro baseball in Pennsylvania and New York
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing in Korea, because the was no baseball available at the time. Meeting people made it easier when I got back to the states to jump on with some teams and put work in. I am still working on getting to a higher level of ball.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
My goal is to play conference. So hopefully soon I will have the opportunity to be able to answer this question thoroughly.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Not really compare, but I do mimic some of the best in the game…such as Luis reyna, Greg connell, Ryan harvey, Robert blackburn, and Andy purcell
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
My last few military tourneys. I received all tourney team selections in Palm Springs and recently in Alamogordo. Alot of time, sacrifice, and hardwork went in to getting to that level of game play for me.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
I have been blessed to have a few. Jerry Surber for always having my back and telling me how it is no matter the sensitivity of the subject. Calvin Oliver for pushing me and helping me with my over all physical and mental approach not just to softball, but life itself. Tony Major was and still is an inspiration to myself and many young men coming out of Brooklyn, NYC area…giving me guidance as a young man and molding me to what I am today.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work hard and trust the process, don't rush the process.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky under the knob, right index and lefty pinky cross….hope that makes sense.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
There is no off season for me. Being in a warm climate area, there's softball all year long.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
The New York Yankees..baseball
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Not really….just stay in a routine.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Cut it…keeps me focused and keeps my approach at the plate simple
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Making better ways of giving lower level players exposure to the upper level.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Black Softball Circuit. The environment is amazing, food is great people are great, and the music makes you have fun.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
So far Palm Springs, CA…the replica MLB fields makes you feel as if your living a dream of playing pro ball.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Buffalo Wild wings
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
So many to list…
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I'm an intense person on the field, but am very approachable and am actually a real home body.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Has to be my daughters first fast pitch bat. She loves that thing.