Thursday August 16th, 2018

An interview with Dan Smith slugger Argen Dodds!




Argen Dodds

USSSA Playing History

Major List Player Player Page

2017 Interview

Who are you playing for in 2018?
Dan Smith

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Catcher/DH, 1st, RF

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen player?
AP- He can control the game on the mound and do anything he wants at the plate.

KP- By far the most consistent hitter in all of softball.

Why do you like the game of softball?
It allows me to fulfill my competitive drive and stay active.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
James Wooster- He has all the tools to play at the highest level. He’s a lefty who hits to all fields and has a lot of power and speed in the OF with a really strong arm… Just needs a shot.
Logan Turner: Base hitting machine and plays a solid Middle Infield.

Derek and Wade in the Spring area hit it with the best of them locally. Just need a chance to showcase their abilities.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Growing up it’s always been AD, but when i was introduced to softball i received the nicknames Donkey and BamBam.

I got the nickname Donkey when I very first started playing softball because I always acted like a "Donkey". I like to think I have outgrown that one.

What is your height and weight?
235-ish lbs

Where do you call home?
Alvin, Texas

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Somewhere out in the woods hunting or hanging in the garage with my girl and our two pups Duke and Dixie.

What do you do for a living?
Business owner

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Highschool: Basketball And Football

College: Basketball and Baseball.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I'd just moved back home from College and my buddy Danon would always go and play Friday nights at BLD. He invited me out one Friday to play and that's when I was hooked. (Rookie coed Allstar) i swung and missed the first ten pitches and was hooked every since.

Local upper ball i was asked to play with Crush by NYB and  Billy Rat

Conference level i just moved back to Texas from Illinois and Nightmare needed a fill in for the Space city major. They contacted Greg Hutchinson (LoneStar softball) and he mentioned my name. Played that tourney with them and was asked to join the team for the remainder of the year.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The quality of the umpires at the conference level is by far the best in the game.

Conference: The respect the majority of the players have for the game, one another and the umpires.

The defense is more consistent and they will pay attention and read your tendencies at the plate more.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
When I was asked to play at Hall of Fame Stadium with the Spurs (throw together team from Texas ) and we came out and beat Dansmith  43-42 in our opening game of the tourney. (Now many year later playing for Dan Smith)

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Billy helped me when i first got to upper ball
Local with hitting BP and placement hitting. Still a work in progress lol

Evan Gallmeier my rookie year was always talking to me about pitch selection and situational hitting at the conference level.  Which helped me view each at bat different every time.

Coach Tim Barnes: By far one of the guys i respect the absolute most in softball. He doesn’t care who you are he expects you to hustle every play and if you don’t he will sit you. He has a a group of guys that’ll run through a wall for him every weekend if he asked them.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Put in the work in the off-season or spare time. Don’t just expect it to be handed to you. When you get your shot just have fun and make
The best of it…  just remember it is JUST softball.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Overlap 28oz End-load

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I always take a few months off from Lifting and hitting to let my body recuperate. Around thanksgiving time i start conditioning and then add weights and BP a few weeks later.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
All Houston Based sports teams.
Home of the 2017 World Series Champs… Houston Astros

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I don’t have any superstitions

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
This year at the Major i used Ric Flairs Wall our song….. Wooooooo!!!

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I feel it's fine the way it is.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Budweiser tourney in Bryan, College station is a fun one that goes all
Hours of the night.

Schulenberg softball festival and the Smoky

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
The New All turf fields USSSA built are by far the best fields.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Usually just go to a Jimmy johns or subway

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
North Budfest when Kilburn swung and farted all at once is pretty funny.
Or the Budfest where i hit in some shorts in the freezing cold and had to run the bases.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Hmm.. I've had a conversation with Michael Jordan when the all star game was here in Houston. Met him at a silent auction in Houston for NBA players to bid on random things for charity.

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Allstate honors my junior and senior year of High school in basketball.
And receiving 1st team
All Conference honors this past season with Sonnys/Racks




17 responses to “An interview with Dan Smith slugger Argen Dodds!”

  1. Ethan Stuckly says:

    Good dude here… he kills the ball. Good luck this year bud

  2. Falcons nest says:

    Great ball player! Not that great at clash of clans though. You the man a.r. Gen.

  3. Rick Wilk says:

    In the short amount of time I have played softball. This guy right here has helped me more with my swing then I ever thought was possible. Thank you Argen!

  4. Gregory Benigar says:

    Great guy, very level headed and willing to help to make you better.

  5. Beezy says:

    Great dude for sure. And lots of Pop. See you this year in show.

  6. Al says:

    Great dude and can hit it a ton, bam-bam!

  7. Southern Gents says:

    Insane amount of raw talent when it comes to hitting a softball, I always thought I could hit a softball pretty well until I batted behind him for two years. Long haul bombers tour 2015. I watched this guy swing so hard in a HR derby he came out of his pants….had to continue in his sliding shorts and still took 1st(sorry had to bud lol)

  8. J Perry says:

    Definitely one of the best young power hitters in the country and a great teammate. Don’t let him fool you, he can throw guys out at home plate from the center field fence…I look forward to watching your success this year… Congrats bud!

  9. Travis Urschel says:

    Good guy with lots of experience playing. Great hitter!

  10. NIGHTMARE says:

    Great guy, even better teammate. Played all season with him last yesr and watched him mature and grow as a player… Great Pick up for any team needing one… Ridiculous power

  11. Big Poppa says:

    Why the release from VCH? Not trying to stir. He’s a big loss for that team. Very good hitter that will be top 5 hitter in the game soon.

  12. Dillon #3 says:

    Great kid on and off the field…..can hit it a mile and will definitely help any team that decides to pick him up! Best of luck bub!

  13. JB13 says:

    Great guy and even better teammate! Even though he can hit the ball a mile, he will keep it in when needed to save it for the right situation. He will be a big piece for whoever picks up him!

  14. Southern Barrel Apparel #13 says:

    What’s your contact info. Would love to get you a tryout!!

  15. Coach says:

    Everyone knows he kills the ball. What most people don’t know is he is absolutely one of the best human beings in softball. Also, not only will he play the game, he plays it well.

  16. That guy that JJ Watt looks like. says:

    One of the best friends a guy could ask for!

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