Saturday November 18th, 2017
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2018 Free Agent infielder Ryan Carr

 

 

 

Ryan Carr

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 10/20/2017

Who are you playing with in 2018?
2017 Carolina Drive (C)

2018 Free Agent – Pitt_baseball_81@yahoo.com

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
1st, 2nd, DH… Most comfortable 2nd

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
So many out there but personally Freddy Bynum,  BG Gardner, Robbie Fow up and coming 

Why do you like the game of softball?
Honestly after being released from pro ball this was just something to keep my mind occupied and around the game besides just coaching baseball, but it started to get really fun and can be as competitive so has been a gooday change 

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Robbie Fow,  Tyler Marshburn, Aaron Miller, Shane Coston are some great players in the area Ive played against and def on the move towards conference 

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
RC or Rhyno I've had since HS and College so kinda has stuck 

What is your height and weight?
6'4 240

Where do you call home?
Leland/ Wilmington, NC

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Hanging at the fields watching my fiance whose a beast playing 

What do you do for a living?
Work for a cable and fiber optic company

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball and Footall high school/ ECU baseball… then transferred and finished schooling at UNC Pembroke in NC/ 4 years Independent professional baseball with 2 spring training stints '11 with Milwaukee Brewers and '13 New York Mets

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Picked up with a local travel team that knew back home after was released and after a couple years with them was asked to picked up with Drive who placed 5th in D world's last year so got bumbed to C

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Of course the big key you'll notice off gate is talent and how guys aren't trying to do too much just taking what pitcher is given

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I haven't really been on softball scene very long so hard to compare myself to anyone bc honestly not very knowledgeable of all in the softball world 

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
With the small college and baseball world in NC, I've known of Freddy Bynum for a long while but prolly best moment can remember when comes to ball is throwing him out tagging up twice in same tournament from OF…. ppl know how fast he is so nice to know still got a little in the wing to do that couple times in the same tournament lol 

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Good buddies of mine Shane Coston, Kendric burney, Freddy Bynum, Kenneth Cain are all guys who have been around the game awhile and have had time at the conference/ highest of softball levels so they all have helped me change my game for the better 

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Just continue to work hard and try to better yourself daily…  

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
27 oz, bottom hand pinky off top hand overlap… don't innerlock pinky and index 

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
BP and alot of ground balls lol

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Baseball and Football/ Philadelphia Eagles and Phillis huh Robbie Fow lol

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I gotta match… idk what it is have always had to have shoes or cleats and batting gloves to match the uni… if not feel outta sorts lol

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Bone crusher- Never scared

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I think softball is and ever changing game…so hard to say right now honestly

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
SSAA Hall of Fame Classic, Roseboro, NC just once of the biggest tournaments in NC every year, love how everyone starts out in same class in a drop down format

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Market Commons in Myrtle Beach

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Buffalo wild wings of course

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Judy between the legs…. something never seen before 

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Not a big fan of flying lol

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Can-Am league Indy pitcher of month May 2013
 

 

 

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