Let me be the first to say, I never made it to the Major Leagues.
As a matter of fact it took me 4 years and all my money to make it to High A-Ball.
I had an absolute blast playing professional baseball.
Some people think I screwed up by signing with the Philadelphia Phillies out of High School.
I am from a small, rural community where growing up in sports was a way of life. Being really good at sports was your ticket out.
The only 4 year college I ever wanted to go to was the University of Missouri (Go Mizzou)! and they offered me a Full Ride to play Baseball in Columbia.
Then came Draft Day.
Right Handed Pitcher.
From Bonne Terre, Mo
Ht. 5’11” Wt. 151
I was the 7th pick in the 15th round.
Yep, that’s right 151 pounds!
It was an unique experience and the lessons I learned from that experience I still use today. But it did leave a few Mental Scars that I need to let go of.
But the point of this post is to prove that size isn’t everything.
Yes it is true that some of my teammates nicknamed me “The Bat Boy”.
The truth, I did look like the bat boy compared to most of my teammates.
Fortunately for me baseball isn’t played on paper, it’s played on the field.
Where talent, mental toughness and preparation can be the great equalizer.
Baseball is played Between the Lines and Between the Ears.
I don’t care what anyone says, Scouts can’t measure your Heart.
I had an average Fastball 85-90 mph.
I had above average Curve ball that I could throw for strikes.
I had above average Slider I could throw for strikes.
When I threw my fastball consistently for strikes I was highly effective. And when I didn’t I wasn’t.
If I was to make a total confession,
My Heart was my greatest asset and My Mind was probably my biggest weakness on draft day.
I had the heart. I wanted to compete. Failure was not an option.
But High School Baseball was easy. There wasn’t a ton of competition on a regular basis. So you can get away with being a little wild on occassion. You can get away with not having your best fastball or missing location on your pitches.
In Professional Baseball at any level you will get hurt and smacked around pitching with that kind of stuff.
The truth is Mental Toughness and Physical Talent always outweighs SIZE.
So let me lay out the REAL Truth about Professional Baseball.
You have to be a great baseball pitcher at some level to ever sign a Professional Baseball Contract.
It don’t matter if you are 5’6″ 120 pounds or 6’6″ 240 pounds.
Everything You do your whole Baseball life is just to get a CHANCE.
Learn to be a great High School or College Pitcher first.
I loved every minute of playing Pro Baseball.
I never made it to the Big Leagues… But I had my CHANCE.
When YOUR Pro Baseball Opportunity comes, will YOU be ready?