02/22/2008 3:37 PM
This week you ask Brad Correll about his experiences in the Boston Red Sox organization as we go Inside the Clubhouse.
What was it like getting called back to affiliated ball?
Chandler – Kansas City, KS
When I signed with the T-Bones my number one goal was to play hard, put up good numbers and get picked up by an affiliated team; as soon as possible. I was actually shocked to get picked up so fast after starting the season because I had never been in that type of situation before, having to deal with affiliated teams buying my contract out to play for their organization.
Do you notice a difference between organizations while in their minor league systems?
Paul – Liberty, MO
Since '02 I have played in five different organizations and they were all a little different in their own ways. For instance, the Reds, Phillies and Pirates are all fairly low budget organizations which seems to make them more blue collar and hard working. At the same time I feel like this makes the players in the organization maybe a little up tight in trying to advance through the ranks to the big leagues. I am a very hard worker when it comes to my job but at the same time being a happy-go-lucky kind of guy I like to have a lot of fun and enjoy the fruits my labor. Being up tight and unable to relax will kill you in this sport and there is a fine line between too uptight and too laid back to perform your best. The Marlins and the Red Sox were both very laid back in comparison to the three other organizations I played in. Though low budget also, the Marlins spring training was a very relaxed and fun atmosphere to play in and be a part of. The Red Sox are the same way on the relaxed aspect, not on the low budget end. I think that is the reason I played so well with them.
Was there a big adjustment going from playing in Kansas City to Lancaster , CA ?
Gunther – Olathe, KS
There was no real adjustment in going from KC to Lancaster for me. I knew I had to go out and do what I do best, have fun and play ball. I think the big adjustment came in dealing with the different types of people in California. Living 45 min outside of L.A. we'd go into the big city when we could and let me tell you, being a country boy from NC some of the people I came in contact with were real strange!! But I had a lot of fun.
You were signed while the team was on the road, is that difficult to make a major change in your life like that while being away from home?
Jerry – Overland Park, KS
Playing in so many different cities and going so many different places has shaped me in many different ways but having to up and leave your new friends and companions at the drop of a hat if you get called up or traded or whatever the reason was very tough on me early in my career. Now I've come to realize that's the nature of the beast and you have to do what it takes to reach your goals and my family and true friends will always be there no matter how tough it gets on the road.
If you had the chance to come back to Kansas City would you?
Newman – Blue Spring, MO
I actually have the chance to come back to KC this season due to my free agency with the Red Sox. If cant work out a deal that I feel is in my best interest with the Sox I just may be back to give it another go in KC! I enjoyed playing in KC the short time I was there. The team and staff are great and the fans are awesome with a beautiful stadium to boot, so the possibility is very real.
What is your favorite position to play in the outfield?
Sam – Bonner Springs, KS
In the outfield I would have to say left is my favorite position but due to having an above average arm teams seem to like having me in right. The longest throw from the outfield is right to third base and the ability to make that throw strong and accurate is pretty tough to do. Growing up at shortstop all the way through college I am use to that side of the field, there is also a little more action in left.
What do you do in the off-season?
Cliff – Edwardsville, KS
In the off season I work with kids and do personal lessons and team lessons. This keeps me around the game and swinging the bat all winter long. A lady from my church asked me to be a substitute teacher for her class one year and I thought that could be alright but it was not my cup of tea, I grew up knowing if I got in trouble in school I was going to get my butt spanked at home and due to the lack discipline in public schools these days I had a hard time dealing with the dumb stuff kids get away now, so needless to say that was not very fun for me.
Is it difficult to bond with your new teammates when you switch teams?
Jake – Prairie Village
I think I’m a pretty fun guy, I’m for sure an extrovert, so fitting in on new teams has never been real difficult thing for me and I rarely bump heads with teammates. If I do is usually over a lack of hustle or playing the game in the right way.
What do you do in the off-season?
Berta – Mission, KS
The biggest difference between independent ball and affiliated ball is one I love. Independent ball is about winning games, affiliated ball is about catering to the high round draft picks and prospects who have a lot of money invested in them. Affiliated organizations protect their investments and give them ever opportunity to succeed, while at the same time the undrafted free agent, who signed for a thousand bucks, can play circles around these prospects and still go no where in that org due to the fact that if this player out plays the top prospect, that they drafted for 2 million dollars, will make the organization look bad as if they don’t understand true baseball talent. When its comes down to it in the minors, wins and losses don’t matter, it's a money game not a ball game and so many great players never make it due to this. I have played with guys who would have been superstars in the majors but never got the chance, in independent ball you either put up or shut up because at the end of the day your job is to win and if you don’t handle your business they will bring in someone who will!!!!
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