“Catching” up with… Chris Hoiles
Thanks to my Aunt Terri, I got the chance to talk with Chris Hoiles. Chris Hoiles was the Oriole’s catcher from 1989 to 1998. Chris is an instructor at the Gold Glove Academy, a place where kids learn how to improve their baseball and softball skills. I interviewed him and I wanted to show you some of the questions and answers of my interview:
What do you enjoy most about Gold Glove Academy? ( a place he works)
“I think what I enjoy most about it is helping people, and helping kids with lessons. I do quite a few catching lessons, and hitting lessons and just helping kids get better. I enjoy kids coming in wanting to get better and work and just meeting new people.”
Did you have a favorite pitcher to catch for and why?
“Mike Mussina. Mike knew what he was doing. He knew how to pitch and hit his spots very well. He had a lot of different pitches that he could throw for strikes and was fast, which made my job easier!”
During your playing days, What did you like best about being catcher?
” I think the biggest thing is just being a ball player and being involved in every play. Being a catcher you can call every play. Your catching the ball, and throwing the ball, you got to know the hitters, you have to know your pitcher. There’s a lot of strategy that goes into the game, and I think from a catchers position your involved with almost every single aspect of it.”
What was your most memorable at Camden Yards?
” Probably be the ultimate grand slam I hit vs. the Seattle Mariners. We were down by three runs, and it was the bottom of the ninth, and there was 2 outs and I was able to hit a grand slam to win the game.”
Chris actually asked me what I liked about playing catcher (as I did on my team last year) and I told him that I liked catcher because it had the most action.
Chris Hoiles was a great player and I hope every young catcher will follow in his footsteps. Thanks for stopping by… Go O’s!!