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2020 Free Agent Jamie Simpson




Jamie Simpson

USSSA Playing History


Interview conducted on 9/27/2019

Who are you playing with in 2020, and who have you played with in the past?
2020 Free Agent –

2019 Was going to play AA w/ Rebel. Family took precedence.

Played w/ AA All-Out in 2018 and A JBL/Tailgaters 2017.

What positions do you play and what is your best position?

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I'd have to go w/ Branch and Lloyd. Both very versatile and can do it all.

Why do you like the game of softball?
Love the competition.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Not sure. Been out of the game for a year so I haven't seen any new guys play yet. Anninos is a stud. So is Matty Schrage.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Don't really have one.

What is your height and weight?
6'1 215.

Where do you call home?
Now live in Wood-Ridge, NJ. 

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Working out, sports, relaxing.

What do you do for a living?
I work in the Solar Industry.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Drafted out of high school for baseball. Played football and baseball at Western Michigan.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Played local leagues and made it on some good teams. Performed well at big tourney's and JBL/Tailgaters give me first chance to play conference. Been moving up the ranks ever since.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Play makers, strategy and playing the game the right way. 

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Big John lol, but I'm more athletic.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Playing in the Major World Series is pretty dope.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Too many to name. I appreciate all the sponsors, coaches and teammates I've ever had. I pick the brains of everyone. Always trying to get better from people that I feel play the game the right way. 

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Play your game. Work on your weaknesses. Hustle and play your heart out.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pick overlap and a 27oz balanced.

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Workout and BP.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Detroit Lions, Pistons, and Tigers. Wolverine fan… Tie between baseball/football.

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

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Some kind of trap rap. 

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Longer base paths! Love how it is for the Smoky's.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Cincy and the Smoky's. Just the atmosphere at those two is special.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Anywhere there's turf.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Some place healthy.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
The fake tough guys lol.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I do bodybuilding now lol.

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