Thursday, December 22, 2011

Patrick Osborn Interview

Patrick Osborn was a drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 22nd Round (671st overall) by the Anaheim Angels in the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft out of Bakersfield High School (CA) but did not sign and instead attended the University of Florida. After a standout college career he was selected in the 2nd Round (76th Overall) by the Cleveland Indians in the 2002 MLB Amateur draft.

Osborn worked his way up threw the Indians organization advancing all the way to Double-A, Akron.

His best season was with Kinston in 2004 when he had a .342 batting average with 10 home runs and 55 RBI's in only 86 games.

After the 2007 season he was released by the Indians organization.

In 2008, he signed with the expansion Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and took the Atlantic League by storm hitting .326 with 17 home runs, and 106 RBI's. He was selected as an Atlantic League All-Star that season.

Obsorn played two more seasons for the Blue Crabs before he retired in 2010. In his three season with the Blue Crabs he had a .298 batting average with 39 home runs, and 223 RBI's.

In 2011, he became the Manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and lead them to a playoff berth.

(This video is long, so you can fast forward to 5:00 when Osborn is introduced as Manager)

CM: Favorite Baseball player? Favorite Athlete?

PO: My favorite baseball player growing up was Frank Thomas, I would have to say my favorite athlete is Percy Harvin, Gator love!

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

PO: If I could play catch with one person it would be Michael Jordan. When you talk about the ultimate competitor, he's the guy.

You played at the University of Florida which is college baseball powerhouse. What was it like playing there?

PO: Playing at Florida was one of if not the best experiences of my life. I played for two great coaches, Andy Lopez and Pat McMahon. Both taught me so much about baseball but also about life.

CM: You were drafted in the second round (72nd Overall) in the 2002 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Do you remember where you were when it happened? What was your reaction?

PO: When I was selected by the Indians I was inside my apartment in Gainesville (FL). I was caught off guard because Cleveland wasn't one of the teams that showed a lot of interest.

CM: Since you were such a high draft pick, did you feel pressure to perform right away?

PO: I didn't feel pressure to perform right away. I was always confident in my ability so there was no pressure. I tried to control what I could control and let everything else play itself out.

CM: You worked your way up through the Indians organization. What was your favorite memory in the Indians organization?

PO: My favorite memories from my time with Cleveland are plentiful. First I met so many good people who I still call friends today. I won two championships during my time there and had was fortunate to play for two great managers, Tory Lovullo and Tim Bogar. Cleveland was and is a first class organization and I'm grateful for the opportunity I had with them.

CM: You made it to AA, but never the majors. What are you feelings towards that?

PO: My playing career didn't work out the way I envisioned it, but I can honestly say I did everything I could to succeed. I wouldn't change a thing.

CM: In that first season you had unbelievable season with 17 home runs, 106 RBI's, and .326 average. Did you think at any point in that season an affiliated team was going to purchase your contract?

PO: After the 2008 season I was hopeful that an organization would give me another chance. It didn't happen, but I got to go back to SoMD and play for Butch. Who knows, If I was to have been picked up, I may not be in the position I'm in today.

CM: You played three season for the Blue Crabs before retiring at the end of the 2010 season. Why did you retire?

PO: In 2006 I started to really consider life after baseball. I truly have a passion for the game and I knew I wanted to stay in it. I've always enjoyed the mental and strategic parts of the game, so I think naturally managing was something I had a strong interest in.

CM: In 2011, you were named Manager of the Blue Crabs. How did it come about, and what made you want to become a Manager?

PO: Starting in 2009 Butch Hobson and I would talk about it, he told me in 2009 that he thought I would make a great manager. So the conversations continued through the next year (2010). It just so happened that after the 2010 season I decided to stop playing and he took the job in Lancaster. Opening Day Partners gave me the opportunity, along with Butch's blessing and here I am.

CM: What are the challenges you face being such a young Manger in a league with Managers like Andy Ethebarren, Sparky Lyle and Butch Hobson?

PO: If you let the baseball careers of the other managers in the league get to you, you have already lost. Yes they have done so much more in this game then I have and I respect all of them tremendously, but it's still baseball. I have always been confident with my "baseball mind". I can't worry about them, all I can control is my team and what I believe is right. It's a honor to be a manager along side all of those guys!!

CM: Going into your fifth season (second as Manager) with the Blue Crabs how do view the organization and it's fans?

PO: SoMd is great. The support system there is awesome and we have put a great product on the field all four years. We have been lucky to not just have good players, but really good people as well!!

CM: What do you think of the Atlantic League's expansion west? Where would you like to see them put a team?

PO:Sugarland is going to be exciting. Everything I have heard is off the charts!! I'm really looking forward to experiencing this new chapter of The Atlantic League.

CM: What do you think of the Atlantic League's expansion west? Where would you like to see them put a team?

PO: As far as adding another team, maybe Florida. I'm biased though, Florida is home for me!

CM: What did you think about the playoff series last year against the Ducks?

PO:I thought it was a great series. Our goal was to win one of the two games in Long Island, which we did. Going back to Southern Maryland with the series tied was right where we wanted to be. They played well in game 3 and game four was a battle. It went back and forth, but in the end Long Island came out on top. They had a heck of a team and were tough all year long.

(Photo Credit on card: EMILY BARNES of Southern Maryland News)

1 comment:

  1. Corey- Great choice for an interview! If there is a team I root for other than the Ducks, it's the Blue Crabs. Please keep up the great work, this blog is the only thing I have to keep me going until the 2012 season! Also, as a fan of the '87 Topps set... I absolutely love the mock up cards you feature on this site.