Thursday October 27th, 2016

New Team —> Taylormade outfielder Wally Maybrier!


Wally Maybrier

2015 USSSA Playing History

2012 – 2014 USSSA Playing History Player Page

Major Watch List Player

2014 Interview

With Taylormade in 2016

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Mostly outfield but would prefer catcher / EH ..

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Too many to list … And not fair to compare those I saw when I started to those of today …

Why do you like the game of softball?
I have made many close friends over the years and the game is my stress relief …

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Well my newest one is Wally damn it … B/c when I didn't get a hit or didn't hit it out when we needed last year I would hear Herb call my name from beside the dugout " Wally Damn It " lol …

What is your height and weight?
6'4" 215

Where do you call home?
Somerset, Ky … Live right on Lake Cumberland…

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
With my wife Leah and two kids Ian and Laney … I was blessed with a wife and family that supports me being a kid on the weekend… So the off time is whatever they want to do …

What do you do for a living?
Branch manager for Heights Finance Corp.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball and basketball in HS … Played four years baseball at Lindsey Wilson College small NAIA school ..

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Started in HS and carried into college … Since I was a pitcher I didn't have to worry bout changing swings … If anything hitting fungo everyday at practice helped placing the ball … In 2003 I was asked to play full time with B&C miken where we played mostly NSA and ASA in class A or B … I stayed with that sponsor Elton Caffee till 2012 when Herb and Red gave me the chance to play in the conference…

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
I never played much Utrip outside of the conference so not much to compare other than the game moves faster … From the outfield if you don't get the good jump or even cheat in one direction you are picking it up at the fence on balls in the gaps …

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Not at all … B/c there are several I would like to be as good as or reach their level, but I know I still have work to get done first …

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Winning the ASA B in OKC in 2007 with Hub City/ B&C .. We were such the underdog due to Ctown had the much bigger budget …

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 two Elton Caffee and Rob Roop … Both have been my teammates for years and when I was starting out young and dumb they always hit me straight with my mistakes .. They never cut me slack either even when they weren't hitting lol … I respect both of them and both have helped me over the years ..

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
First thing is before you leave the park you shake your sponsors hand and Thank them for giving you a place to play… Second be humble to those around you and listen … The game looks easy from the stands, but can make you look silly in an instant… There is always something new to learn …

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
26 or 27 end load … Pinky off the knob and top hand slightly overlaps the bottom …

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Well more cardio this year since I don't run like I did at 18 … Battled some injuries last year so mainly getting healthy and strong … Plenty of BP ..

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Not really but if something is working I'm open to sticking with it …

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Godsmack – I Stand Alone

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Honestly aluminum bats and unlimited HRs … And score boards mandatory to host a tourney … Cause Red  gets tired of me asking him 4-5 times "What inning is it ?"

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Smoky's for sure … Play on the show field with people lined on the hillside is what you want …

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Disney … Even without the crowds how many people get to play on the fields of major league teams …

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Chic fil A is the bomb …

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Poor guy Dave Dennis played with B&C fouled out for the third time in three consecutive games … The funny part was on the third one before the swing was finished you here "I done it again " and the after he gets to the dug out he claims his snapper lawnmower rolled over on him and hurt his back … This some how jacked his swing up and was then nick named Snapper …



5 responses to “New Team —> Taylormade outfielder Wally Maybrier!”

  1. Herb Price says:

    Wally Maybrier always plays “all-out”. He injuried his thumb with a head-first slide in COlumbus OH major and we thought we had lost him there for a while but he never missed an inning. The injury in Maumee this past weekend was another example of Wally giving it his all trying to make a tough play. He will be missed while he is out – hoping he can come back for the Worlds. Thanks to all that have texted or emailed me – and Wally is appreciative also.

  2. Nelly #84 says:

    Speedy recovery Wally!! God Bless

  3. nice to see says:

    A very humble, appreciative player…don’t know Wally, but seems like a player I’d like to play with that mentality.

  4. Marcus11 says:

    Played with Wally several years back and will never meet a better man on and off the field. Plays hard and always plays the right way. Wally best of luck buddy and Jax still has the glove you gave him.

  5. Herb Price says:

    Wally is one of the best guys around. Like my comment above from a couple years ago – nothing has changed in how Wally plays the game. I wish Wally the best. He is a great family guy and has his priorities in the right place. I love the guy and will miss him more than he knows. As Wally noted in his interview above – he never failed to thank us for having him on the team. I was blessed to have him in my life (and my wife Pat says so too). The main reason I sponsor softball is all the great people you meet. Without softball I would never have met this gentle giant from Sometset Kentucky.

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