Monday January 27th, 2020
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An interview with Major Shortstop/MI Daniel Cayton!

 

 

 

Daniel Cayton

USSSA Playing History

Daniel Cayton Video Clips from 2018-2019

Interview conducted on 9/26/2019

Who are you playing with in 2020, and who have you played with in the past?
2020 Resmondo

2018 Classic Glass and 2019 TDB/Racks and Dan Smith

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Anywhere in the infield

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
The best players in today’s game I would have to say is Travis Clark for pitcher, Wegman and Connell are great hitters on the small and big fields, Steele and Yates two of the best outfielders in the game, Bazat and Luis best middle guys in the game and Loyd is a gamer and best second baseman in the game he does it all

Why do you like the game of softball?
I love the competitiveness and taking the field with my brothers. I’ve been playing ball my whole life it’s what I love to do

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Dante Broome covers more ground in the outfield than anyone in the conference and Eric Zulanardo has a great hands and strong arm on the infield they just have to get some more experience at the upper level and get a little stronger watch out! Kenny Chavez is one to look out for as well a lot of power from the big native.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Bama because I’m from Alabama

What is your height and weight?
6” 200

Where do you call home?
Pike Road, AL

What do you do for a living?
Landscaping

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball football basketball in HS and college baseball and played a little independent league baseball for one summer

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My buddy Brandon Traylor got me a tryout with Classic Glass in Palm Springs after I turned them down to play on my E team the year before because I didn’t know what conference was.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The defense is much better

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I think I have my own style and game but I try and pick up things from some of the best players but lLyd has a good all around game and that’s what I try to do

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Beating resmondo last year in the winners bracket semifinal 56-49 after they were two runs away from putting us away and I think over 50 combined homeruns that game there were  some crucial errors on both sides just a crazy back and forth game until the end.

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 pick everyone’s brain coming up there’s to many to name. If I see someone really good at something I try and learn from them and shout out to my snappy tees team that really got me into softball because how competitive they were and they play to win and we were a family and had each other’s back which is what I love and what team is all about also all the great sponsor on the west coast that let guys play year round out there so guys can get better and get exposure.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Always play hard never know who’s watching people in the softball world talk

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Two finger over lap

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Workout stretch stay healthy get ready for the grind of the season

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I like the Braves and the falcons

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
More of a routine than superstition

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
I like playing in Hawaii it’s so beautiful out there nothing really compares

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
I love the space coast complex in Viera, FL

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Cracker Barrel

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
My buddy moose fielding a ball in the if game at the major and throwing it like a shot put to second to get the force out.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I like to hunt and fish



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