Dan DeGeorge Interview

Dan DeGeorge signed with the Cleveland Indians organization as an undrafted free-agent in 2009 after successful career at Princeton University. (Photo on card from http://www.somersetpatriots.com)

He played three seasons in the Indians organization advancing as high as Double-A in 2009. In 2010, he started the season with the Kinston Indians (A+), but was released after only 11 games. On June 16, 2011 he signed with the Somerset Patriots. He finished his first season as a Patriot with a .256 batting average, 1 home run, and 6 RBI.

On January 30, 2012 he re-signed with the Somerset Patriots for the 2012 season.

CM: You grew up about 20 minutes from Somerset (Bridgeport, NJ). Did you go to Patriot games when you were younger?

DD: Yeah of course. It was exciting having a professional baseball team so close to home growing up. I'd go to a couple games every summer with friends and family. As much as I enjoyed going to games, I'm grateful that I'm on the other side of the fence now.

CM: Who was your favorite baseball team growing up? Player?

DD: I've been a Yankee fan my whole life. My favorite players growing up were Ken Griffey, Jr. and Derek Jeter.

CM: Did you collect sports memorabilia growing up? If so, what's your favorite item?

DD: I was a huge sports memorabilia collector growing up. Baseball cards, autographs, hats, jerseys.....you name it, I had to have it. I probably could've been on the show "Hoarders."

CM: You went to Princeton, what was your major/degree in? 

DD: I graduated with an AB in Economics.

CM: What was it like playing in the Indians organization?

DD: It was a lot of fun. I made some great friends and got to play for a lot of knowledgeable coaches. Being a non-drafted free agent out of college, I didn't have the same opportunities that others were afforded, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

CM: What do you think of the Atlantic League? 

DD: The competition in the Atlantic League is the best I've faced, and it's getting better every year. I'm very fortunate to be able to play with guys who have more experience in the game than I do, and I try to take advantage of the learning opportunities every day.

CM: What's it like playing for Sparky Lyle?

DD: Sparky's great. To be able to play for someone with that much major league experience, and on top of that a Cy Young winner, is something I don't take for granted. He's been around the game for a long time, there's no one better to learn from.

CM: Somerset lost two of their leaders this past season (Josh Pressley to Sugar Land, and Matt Hagen retired). How do you think the clubhouse is going to adjust to them not being around?

DD: It's definitely going to be different. Josh and Matt were here for a while and were both extremely important on the field and in the clubhouse. Even though I only got to play with them for a couple months, I realized very quickly how much they meant to Somerset.

I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season. We have a couple of returners, and I know Brett Jodie will do a great job of bringing in a new group of guys. Should be a lot of fun this year.

CM: What's the brand of glove and bat do you use?

DD: I use a Wilson A2000 glove, had it since freshman year of college. Trying to squeeze every last ounce out of her. And at the plate I use a T141 Louisville Slugger.

CM: If you could play catch with one person dead or alive who would it be?

DD: Ted Williams. I'd pick his brain on hitting a little, but I think he'd have some pretty unbelievable war stories. You have to admire a guy who gives up his best years as a baseball player to defend our country.

Also, here's an interview that Adam Amin did last year with Dan!

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