Friday March 31st, 2023

Keith Martin



Keith Martin

USSSA Playing History prior to 2014 and 2016

2015 USSSA Playing History Player Page

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What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Infield/outfield I just play where I'm told…

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
There have been several guys through the years that have helped me. Hitting wise I would have to say Hank Garris! He's the most unselfish hitter & great teammate. As far as intensity & intangibles I'd have to say Marty Malloy & Jason Kendrick.

Why do you like the game of softball?
The competition 

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I've been out go the game for a while but KP from Combat is pretty good

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Kmart. Got it in high school

What is your height and weight?
6'0 220

Where do you call home?
Dothan, Al

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Spending it with my kids

What do you do for a living?
Like Bobby Hughes. I sell drugs (legally) 

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played football & baseball in college

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
After college I was picked up by a good C team run by Al Scott & Pat Madden. Then the next year got picked up by Jean Shoppe. Then went from there.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
I was fortunate to play in the first conference finals. The main difference is the quality of athlete top to bottom

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I wouldn't insult anyone by comparing them to me. I just like to play the game the right way.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
The championships. I guess the best one was the NSA with Specialty Tank/Creative Stucco/K&G/ Worth. Hitting between JC Phelps and Hank Garris. Billy Messina walked me to pitch to Hank with the game on the line. Hank of course homered to win the game but it showed me I had earned some respect in 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?
Hank Garris because he showed me how to approach hitting

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Play hard and learn how to play the game the right way

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
1 finger overlap

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Standard weight training

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Football (Roll Tide)

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Way to many

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
I'll have to think about that

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Oh I just play the game and this would be a lengthy conversation

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Smoky just because of the fan support

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Dothan where I play league because the fields are perfectly maintained

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Any place that has good steak

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Playing will L&L/TPS seeing our pitcher take the plunge in the fountain at the mall then doing the back stroke..

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Nothing I'm an open book

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Too many to count. I've been fortunate in my life to receive many awards. I'm thankful for each of them.




9 responses to “Keith Martin”

  1. Matt Combat says:

    Glad to see you back Kmart

  2. Warren " Franchise21" Hodge says:

    Glad to see you back on the dirt big guy. Kmart is a class act and will always give 100%. Glad to have had the chance to play along side you in the past always good knowing you have a true competitor on your team. Good luck and see you on the dirt.

  3. Kmart says:

    Thanks Big man!!! It’s truly an honor for me as we’ll!!

  4. Stache says:

    Keith, must be nice to still swing the old stick!!! Good luck and look me up when you get back up this way. Although we had our competitive differences throughout our college career I always enjoyed playing with you!!! Bro luv to you

  5. Kmart says:

    Stache, competition brings out the best & worst. I can say I have more respect for you than anyone else. I’ll look you up soon..

  6. Stache says:

    Sounds good Kmart, keep swinging #5

  7. Screech says:

    Good to see you back Kmart.

  8. Kmart says:

    Thx Screech!!

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