Thursday November 15th, 2018

2018 Free Agent infielder Mark Cridland




Mark Cridland

USSSA Playing History Player Page

Interview conducted on 10/20/2017

Who are you playing with in 2018?
Steel… last 4 years

2018 Free Agent –

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Infield … 1b and 2b …C

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Ryan McClellan… tremendous power / stadium power

Why do you like the game of softball?
Keeps me active and love to travel … meeting new people who eventually become life friends

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
John Rice… tremendous athlete   Can play any position  5 tool player

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?

What is your height and weight?
6'-3" 240

Where do you call home?
Galveston , TX is where I call home but I live in Friendswood TX

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
At home with my animals

What do you do for a living?
Process Operator at a Chemical Plant

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball and Football … college and pro baseball

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Got started with Slapaho then was asked by Mitschke and Kirk Laird to play on Texas Miken … Scott Kirby asked me years earlier but I declined because I thought softball was a horrible game

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The competition by far … some great players in the game today

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Jeff Janecka … he's a local legend

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Winning A Worlds this year with Steel

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Not really.  I always try to play th game the right way.

Would like to tell Mark Holsenbach thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me in 4 years ago to the Steel family. We had a hell of a run.

And Kevin Cooper for being a great sponsor as well with Texas Miken and PowerHouse

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work on hitting.  Hit every chance you get

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky off the knob

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Nothing … just try to stay in some kind of shape

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Texas Longhorns … golf

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
What ever did work the game before do it again .. if it didn't work try something different

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Beast of Burden … Rolling Stones

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Raise the bat passing limit to 240 or so …

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Little Rock …. Busch Classic    Love the food and the atmosphere

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Vegas … love the scenery

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Anything Mexican

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Not sure but playing with Kevin Ballard and Bobby Mitchell was a hell of a good time this year.  Always kept me laughing. They are some Goons

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I'm a bit different lol

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Probably being named team MVP and team Captain at The University of Texas





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