I tried to answere as many questions as possible and in some cases answered one question through another. If you have any more dont be afraid to ask!
Do you have instructions from Dave Stockstill or your Keys’ coaches to work on anything specific while in Arizona?
Before we came out we sat down with Stockstill and went over specific things they want us to work on. For me getting innings at first and third base and being able to improve my footwork are huge parts for me. Also being able to have at bats against this quality of pitching is something in itself. As for third its been hard to get into games because of the limited innings and quantity of players. However i have been working at third every day before games and it is comeing along very well and i actually feel much more comfertable at the “hot” corner.
Any superstitions you can share? I dont have too many superstitions but I do try to keep a routine. Especialy if it works! For instance, if i get up and have french toast and go 4 for 4 ill most likely be eating french toast.
Who was your favorite player as a kid? (one you saw play, and one before your time).
My favorite player I have seen play is probably Chipper Jones and my all-time favorite player is Ty Cobb.
Seriously, who was your favorite team as a kid? As a kid i loved the A’s because my dad, Brian Snyder, played for them.
What major league ballparks have you been to? I have been to Philly, Cincinatti, D.C., Tampa, and Baltimore. I cant count all the parks I went to when I was little. Wow, I cant belive thats it!
Do you want to play winter ball in Latin America when you get closer to the majors? I would love to play winter ball down in Latin America. My father played in the D.R. and Venezuela and he loved it.
What’s the toughest thing about being a professional ballplayer? The best thing? The best is that I play baseball as my job cause i do not look very good in a suite! And the worst is the time away from my family. Family is the most important thing to me and it is hard to be away for so long.
What’s the first concert you ever went to? First record you bought? First concert was Alan Jackson and it was unbelievable and i actually saw him twice. And i cant remember what my first CD was. Im thinking either country or a Sublime album, not sure.
do you find that working with a different hitting coach from other teams helps you to find holes in your swings or approach the plate differently?
Do you find that different techniques actually throw you off?
I love getting the chance to work with different hitting guys. Its great to pick the brains of as many good baseball people as possible. Sometimes it might only be one little thing that you take from someone and you use it throughout your career. Also sometimes when people watch you hit for an ammount of time they dont see minor things that might need to be fixed and people that dont see you a lot sometimes can see them right away. As for your second question most good hitting coaches dont try to make big adjustments they just want you to try small things that might get your “feel” back. So its not usually anything that will throw you off that much. And I am pretty good at being able to try something and pick out the goods from the bads. It verys from each hitter and also from each hitting coach. What works for me might not work for you kinda deal.
what you would want to do for a career if you weren’t in baseball?
If I was not in baseball I would have to be in baseball haha. I would work with my dad at his baseball academy and try to pass on all the great knowledge I have obtained throughout my career. And if i had to be away from baseball i would want to own a hunting ranch and be a guide with my best friend Scott.
What song do you like to listen to that helps you get pumped before a game?
Depends on my mude. Sometimes Rap but mostly country to help me get focused. Big Zac Brown Band fan right now!
Also, what place would you like to go to that you haven’t been before?
I really want to go to the Bahamas!
By alex0666…I was wondering,
do any of you guys read websites like orioleshangout or camdenchat to see what the fans think of you?
I actually try to stay off those sites. A lot of times people dont know the first thing about what or who they are talking about. Im not saying all the time but I truely believe you should know a person before you put labels on them. It doesnt bother me what people say about me good or bad but I have been praised and then written off so many times I just stopped looking at them. I know the kind of player I am and most importantly person I am and to me thats all that matters.
Did you follow baseball when you were a kid?
I did and I followed my father for five years. I think thats were my love of the game came from.
What did you think of Oriole Park, were you impressed?
Camden is a beautiful park. I love the history and also the new additions they have added. I cant wait to put my spikes in that grass!
Also what do you guys watch on TV?
A lot of football, House, Family Guy, Baseball Tonight, and actually CNN. Reimold loves the politics!
Have you spoken to guys like Brooks Robinson or Jim Palmer yet?
I spoke to Palmer on my signing day in the box at a game. I was really nervous casue it was live and its really tough to talk through the head set! I had the oppurtunity to talk breifly with Brooks Robinson at the fantasy camp in 2006. What an unbelievable individual.
What is your favorite number? Is it 29 haha…
My favorite number is in fact the number 29! My grandfather was in the 29th infantry in WWII and i have worn the number since my freshman year in high-school. My grandfather passed away last year and I truely believe he watches over me. I also wear his dog tag around my neck and before games I touch it and say a prayer. Love you POP-POP!
What do you like to cook??
I love to grill anything. The other night I did Alaskan Salmon and baked potatoes.
What do you guys do during your free times?
Actually I go to the gym most every night I play. Since I am limited on my playing time I have been useing the time to start my offseason workouts. It was been going well and I cant wait to hit it full bore when I get home. Other than that I cook and we rest up and watch TV. No video games! haha not because I dont like to play every once in awhile but we dont have anything out here! I like Guitar Hero and Call of Duty. Brandon Erbe is an expert with the guitar.