10/11/2010 8:41 AM -
Each season starts the same for many baseball players. A new city, a new team, a new opportunity. Sometimes, the change is good. Sometimes, it’s not. For Kansas City T-Bones center fielder Keanon Simon, it’s all a matter of how you look at it.
Simon enjoyed his fourth season of professional baseball in 2010, and his first year in a T-Bones uniform.
“Usually you find bad things the longer you’re somewhere,” he said in an interview earlier this season. “The longer you’re here, the more good stuff pops up.”
Although Kansas City made a good first impression on the center fielder, Simon didn’t waste any time returning the favor. After just a month of play, Simon gave the T-Bones solid defense at a key position and showed consistency as a leadoff man, earning a Northern League Player of the Week award for the week ending June 20. He was also the starting center fielder on the 2010 Northern League All-Star team in July and was one of three T-Bones selected to the Post-Season All-Star squad.
Simon’s family has played a significant role in his development on and off the field. He has three brothers and a sister, and all of them love sports – especially baseball. Because of his close family bond, Simon moved his senior year of high school so his brother would be his coach.
Following graduation, Simon played baseball at Oklahoma State for four years before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played two years in their organization before spending 2009 with the Amarillo Dillas of the independent United League.
Four seasons, four teams, one attitude. No matter where Simon plays, he focuses on enjoying the time that he’s there. He believes a situation is only as good as you make it, and with nine nieces and nephews, and one more on the way, Simon hopes to pass this message on to them as his family did for him.
“Whatever you do, give 100 percent. Don’t do it just to do it,” he says. “Have fun with what you’re doing, but go about it the right way.”