Monday November 29th, 2021

2022 Free Agent pitcher Justin Wagner

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Justin Wagner

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 1/4/2021

Who are you playing with in 2022, and who have you played with in the past?
2022 Free Agent –
2020/2021 – J's Southland Tow/JST
2019 – Dirty Softball/Carnage Athletics
2018 – Dirty Softball"

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
P/IF Pitcher is my best position

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Kevin Bazat is the best i've seen play. Seeing his approach to every play is what i watch when i'm pitching and/or playing MI.

Why do you like the game of softball?
I like the game of softball because it keeps my competitive edge from playing sports my entire life.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Chase Graf, i've watched this kid grow from someone who only wanted to hit homeruns to someone who can put the ball where ever he wants line to line. Glad to see him get his shot last year with Gorillas and this year with Nightmare.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Wags, Wagner, Waggy Puff. They all come based off of my last name, my best friend decided to call me waggy puff and i'm still not sure why.

What is your height and weight?
5'10 250

Where do you call home?
Independence, MO

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Spending time with family and taking pictures for my photography business.

What do you do for a living?
I am a business service tech for Spectrum Communications. I also have my own photography company that I am trying to grow.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played football and baseball in high school.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I filled in for a team that my brothers were playing on because they needed a guy and i just ended up getting hooked because it kept me playing a game a love (baseball).

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I wouldn't really compare my game to anyone but being a pitcher I always try and watch the top pitchers (purcell, clark, vitzcek, mooch, etc) and see what they do to control the game.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
My high school and little league coach both had significant impacts on me by playing this game. They always had the upmost confidence and respect for me and helped me truly love and respect the game.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Always give 100% you truly never know who is watching.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Overlap, bottom 2 fingers on the knob, 27 – 17.5oz

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Take BP as often as I can, and work out to help stay in shape.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Die hard Kansas City fan, Chiefs, Royals and i'm an MU fan.

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Never touch the line when walking onto the field, Mark a "line" in the box where i'm going to put my back foot, after the 1st inning i gotta put my mask on before i cross  the baseline and either i'll throw a nonchalant pitch to the catcher or throw it to my MI

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Boo N Brew in KC. Last year ended up with 290 teams even with the whole pandemic

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Fountain Bluff/Capital Federal in Liberty, Missouri

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Anywhere with wings or wherever the team/sponsor wants to go.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I have a video of me doing the truffle shuffle on youtube.

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