2017 Free Agent Matthew York
Interview conducted on 11/20/2016
Who are you playing with in 2017?
Played for STL/ Mizuno sportsmanshop.
Free agent for 2017 – Mattyork@hotmail.com
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Anywhere in the infield, I can play the outfield though. Best position is middle infield.
Why do you like the game of softball?
I love to compete against the best players in the world. N I love playing with great teammates who love to win.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Kessler, Kristen, Tommy melton to just name a few.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Midget. Cuz I'm small. Lol
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
I'm from Buffalo, NY. But I live in Clarksville, TN
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
With my wife and kids or golfing or working out and taking BP
What do you do for a living?
Been serving this great country in the US army for 15 years now.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played 4 years of varsity baseball, 3 years of varsity football, 2 years varsity basketball, and went to college and played at Monroe community college in Rochester, NY
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I've had the opportunity to play against good players and be good friends with good players. So that's how I've been able to get that opportunity.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Pitching and defense
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Just being able to play at the conference level is a blessing and a lot of people try to get to that level and just dnt have that opportunity. So I try to make the best of every opportunity.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Mike Williams has spoke to me a lot. I've gotten advice also from filip Washington. He's a get mentor to the game.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
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?
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Love watching football
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Las Vegas AWS
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?
Buffalo wild wings
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I am a die hard Buffalo Bills fan. Truly truly a die hard fan
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Paid for our team hotel to go to B worlds. Didn't have to but wanted to help take care of our team.