2016 Free Agent Matthew York
Interview conducted on 12/15/2015
Who are you playing with in 2016?
No one yet. Hopefully I get the opportunity to help a team
Played with RSC Combat in 2015 in the middle of the season then they folded towards the end of the season.
2016 Free Agent – Mattyork@hotmail.com
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I can play anywhere. But my best position is shortstop or second base
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Clayton Shaw, Luis Reyna, Isaac Gonzales.
Why do you like the game of softball?
Love the competition aspect of it. Also like that it's an individual's responsibility to put the work in to help your team win. You don't put the work in, can't expect to perform
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
I live in Clarksville, TN
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
BP, golf and spending time with my kids and wife
What do you do for a living?
14 years in the US army
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played college ball at Monroe community college and Alfred state college. Both division 1 JUCOs. And some semi pro in Buffalo, NY AAABA
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
When I first came in the army I started playing softball. Never knew how big softball was til only a couple years ago. I have been clueless for years yes. Lol last year was my 1st time playing conference. Never had the opportunity to play any other year.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
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 getting the chance to play conference n playing against the best players and n the world
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Rob Bailey. He taught me a lot about the game n that u don't have to hit the long ball to be seen. Stay with in yourself n keep that glove. The glove is what will help u get higher.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Be humble, be a good teammate and let your abilities do the talking n not your mouth.
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?
Workout/ cross fit n this year I'm goin to use tennis balls to get my fielding better.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
MLK, everyone always goes
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Columbus, GA stadium
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
When I was 16 years old. The 16-18 year old babe Ruth World Series came to Jamestown, NY. They were having a home run derby n our coach decided to put the smallest guys on our team in it. Well I ended up taking 2nd place n received a wooden bat from Babe Ruth's daughter who was 80 years old. I still have that bat