MLBbro Samad Taylor Is Ready To Play ‘With His Hair On Fire’ For Seattle Mariners

MLBbro Samad Taylor Is Ready To Play ‘With His Hair On Fire’ For Seattle Mariners

This might be MLBbro Samad Taylor’s initial season in the Seattle Mariners organization, but he comes prepared and could be on the verge of big things.

 

Like so many players, he knows that a majority of the spring is over, and the big picture is closer.

 

“It’s going pretty good, time is moving on, wrapping it up to something that really counts,” Taylor said. “I feel the team we have now, we can go out and make some noise, we’re gonna be heard,” he added.

 

Samad Taylor Is A Baseball Rolling Stone

Travel is a big part of professional baseball and Taylor has played in a multitude of countries.

He has been fortunate enough to play in the Australian Baseball league, Dominican Winter League, and north of the border in Vancouver.

“I love the game. Anything I can do to be on the field, I’m gonna do it” he explained. ‘`Growing up in California, you played throughout the whole year” Taylor added.

“As long as I can compete and be around the boys and win games, that’s a win for me. Taylor talked about the competitive drive that he has.

 

 

Samad Taylor Agrees With Teammate JP Crawford: “West Side Is The Best Side” 

 

He agreed with teammate J.P. Crawford that the west side is the best side: 

 

“I may be biased but that’s how I feel. We love the game a little different” he smiled. “My dad brought it up to me when I was super young” said Taylor, mentioning how he was introduced to the game.

 

“My dad giving me something to do to keep me on the right path was positive and was everything” he added. I liked different sports growing up but he knocked it into my head that baseball was the way out and the way to success, shoutout to my parents for giving me everything I got” 

 

Taylor admired a diverse group of middle infielders growing up. Jose Reyes, David Eckstein, and Chone Figgins. Figgins played his entire major league career on the West Coast, including eight seasons with the Angels.

 

“I’m a small guy and all three of those dudes I named are small guys,” he said. “They played with their hair on fire and brought energy to the game and that’s what I do to try and help my team win” Taylor stated.

JP Crawford Keeps The Mood Mellow In Seattle With Reggae Music and His Cool Cali Demeanor

JP Crawford Keeps The Mood Mellow In Seattle With Reggae Music and His Cool Cali Demeanor

The Seattle Mariners have a rock in their lineup and its at the very top.  Shortstop J.P. Crawford is the leadoff hitter for this club and he is looking forward to 2024. “Spring is going great, we have a good group of guys and ready to get the season started” Crawford said. “I’m really not trying to work on anything, just stay where I am at, really relaxed and go out there and do damage” he added. 

 

If you take a look at J.P. Crawford, you will notice very simply that the brother has a cool demeanor. I’m gonna call it California cool. “West coast, is the best coast. I don’t know what more to say” Crawford said with pride.

 

When asked about MLBbros he followed growing up, a California native not surprisingly was first on the list.

 

“Aaron Hicks is from my same hometown” he said. “Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, and Curtis Granderson were my big three” Crawford told us.

 

 

 

The Mariners spring training clubhouse is usually open by 7:30am most morning. Many of the players arrive closer to 6am. This team is ready to go and the early hours are the norm. “We have a lot of older people in the clubhouse, and everyone knows how to handle themselves” Crawford has a positive outlook. “We’re all professionals in here, so it’s great” Crawford said with excitement.

 

Crawford likes his music and has tons of songs readily available on his iPad. “My reggae songs, I can’t listen to hip hop, I get too geeked up in the box” he said when asked what his walk-up music will be this season. “The reggae will slow that heartbeat down a little bit” Crawford added.

With opening day getting closer there is a lot of chatter about this team that won 88 games a year ago. The excitement will really begin when a calm, cool, and collected J.P. Crawford walks towards the batter’s box with some good tunes bouncing in the T-Mobile Park background.

 

MLBbro Spring Training: Aaron Hicks Comes Back Home To California With LA Angels

MLBbro Spring Training: Aaron Hicks Comes Back Home To California With LA Angels

WELCOME HOME Aaron Hicks!!

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Aaron Hicks is ready to begin his 12th season in the big leagues. When the regular season begins on March 28th, he will be playing for a team that truly is close to home for him. 

 

The Southern California native is excited about 2024: “It feels amazing, playing in front of family is definitely going to be fun”.

 

Speaking of fun, he also added another benefit of being back in very familiar territory:

“I’ll be able to visit all of the breakfast spots I used to go to back in the day,” Hicks told MLBbro.com. 

 

 

The beginning of the baseball season always has its share of delays in the East and Midwest, which no ballplayer loves. Part of Hicks’ excitement is being at home in the early part of the season.

“Playing on the west coast is obviously better weather from the start” the switch hitter mentioned. 

 

His manager Ron Washington is a veteran skipper but like Hicks is in his first year with the Angels as well.

Hicks was perfect on the stolen base paths in 2023 but chuckled when asked about his new manager’s baseball philosophy: “It’s a lot more running than I’m used to”.

 

Hicks is usually at or near the top of the lineup so we can expect him to be a big part of what Washington plans to do this season. The always important relationship between player and manager seems to be very good.

“I’ve been talking to him a lot. Having conversations with him about certain situations and what he wants us to do as a team” Hicks said. 

 

Hicks is a product of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

“A lot of it was the people around me. Being able to go through the academy was huge for me. I kind of had an idea of what the pros would be like” Hicks suggested. “As a sophomore in high school, I’m talking to professionals, and they are explaining different ways to play the game and now I’m understanding different situations before I’m supposed to” he reflected on.

 

There is a certain retired outfielder that played 19 years in the major leagues, five of which were with Hicks current team that he is fond of.

“Torii Hunter. I just enjoyed the way he played the game, and he could steal some homeruns with some incredible defense.” Hicks said. “In 2015 to play with him and it was truly amazing to have that experience with him” he concluded.

 

With a new setting and team along with a veteran manager, Hicks will provide leadership to this roster.