Q&A With Evan MacLane

LHP Evan MacLane of the Capital City Bombers recently sat down with NYfansonly.com for a Q&A session. Find out who taught Evan to throw, which Major League pitcher he strives to be like on the mound, where he thinks he'll wind up for the remainder of the 2004 season, and what he feels is his best pitch. NYF Club Members can find out this and much more right now!

NYF: Baseball players are notoriously superstitious about streaks. With your six game wining streak right now, superstitions must be at a height. Do you have any pre-game rituals that you do?

MacLane: Me personally? No, not really. It's odd, but I just try to do the same thing every time. I have a pre-game routine and I try to stick to it. It's nothing too… If I don't get one thing done it's not a big deal. I try not to let it bother me.

NYF: What about some of the other guys? What are some of the kooky things that you see done around the dugout?

MacLane: I don't know. A lot of it's real personal for those guys. They do their thing and I do my thing. I try not to stay in their business too much.

NYF: Batters this year have been turning out to be a pretty tough lot. Is there one particular team or player that you just dread pitching against?

MacLane: Charleston's really good. I've had problems with them. I don't know. It's tough to say because some days I could have good days and some days I could have bad days. I'm just trying to have every day be a good day.

NYF: All right. You've been doing pretty well lately. Where do you see yourself going this season?

MacLane: Hoping I can go to St. Lucie, but in reality I'll probably end up going back down to Brooklyn this year.

NYF: Really?

MacLane: Really, yeah.

NYF: What the best advice you've ever received about pitching from a coach?

MacLane: Probably just take it one pitch at a time, you know. Try and stay in the moment. Stay in the moment. Try not to think ahead, not to think behind. Just take it one pitch at a time. That's my philosophy.

NYF: If you had the chance to top one guy's career in pro ball, any major league player, which one would it be?

MacLane: Tom Glavine, just ‘cause I've always looked up to him growing up as a kid. And I've always wanted to be like him and everything. He's had a tremendous career and I think that if I keep working hard, I bet you I can do the same thing.

NYF: What do you think of when you think of baseball?

MacLane: I could play this game every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it. I love it. I love the game.

NYF: What kind of pitch are you most proud of?

MacLane: Change-up. That's my favorite pitch. And, I get a lot of people out with it. But I've been working on a slider. I'm liking that too. It's working good for me.

NYF: Who taught you to throw?

MacLane: Who taught me to throw? Probably my mom.

NYF: How'd she teach you?

MacLane: I don't know. Just going out. She really encouraged me playing sports and stuff like that. My coaches helped me out a lot. My junior college coach, he taught me a lot about the mental part of the game. He's the reason I'm here right now probably.

NYF: How seriously did you take this sport when you were a child?

MacLane: When I was a kid, I was a three-sport kid. I liked soccer, baseball and basketball. Whatever was in season was my favorite sport at the time. And once I got older I started to figure out I could really progress as a baseball player. So my sophomore or junior year in high school I started to just concentrate on baseball.

NYF: That's kind of late to specialize. You must have been pretty good.

MacLane: Yeah… I was. I was pretty good at soccer too.

NYF: What'd you play in soccer?

MacLane: Center mid-field.

NYF: You ran a lot I take it.

MacLane: Yeah, I controlled the field.

NYF: How long did you play those sports?

MacLane: I played a lot of traveling soccer as a kid. Probably played soccer since I was five. Five to fifteen.

NYF: Were you in classics?

MacLane: What's that?

NYF: Well, I guess like the equivalent of traveling soccer now.

MacLane: Yeah, I went on a, could've gone, on an Olympic development team. But I was playing baseball instead. I've been on teams that have been sponsored by Nike and stuff like that. So I mean it's pretty cool, pretty good. But baseball, I think I could make a good career out of baseball.

NYF: Do you have a favorite player in the majors right now? Besides Tom Glavine.

MacLane: I like Barry Zito and Mark Mulder a lot too, cause they're both left-handers. I try to learn a lot from them.

NYF: When you were at the junior college, you were an All American and you got California JUCO pitcher of the year. How comfortable were you on the mound compared to your comfort level now against these guys?

MacLane: It's close to the same. I'm trying to keep the same attitude as I did in junior college. Like I said, my coach helped me out a lot about the mental game of baseball and I'm just trying to revert back to that every time I go out on the mound. Trying to do the same thing, try to reiterate what he was teaching me and stuff like that. Lately I've been really comfortable out there.

NYF: What'd you go to college to study?

MacLane: Uh..

NYF: Did you go to college to play?

MacLane: Yeah, but no, education. If it doesn't work out I want to be a teacher and coach high school baseball. I just got through my Associates. I was only there for two years.

NYF: Every pitcher does his best to intimidate batters, keep them off kilter. What do you do?

MacLane: I don't even look at the hitter. Never look at the hitters. Nope.

NYF: Just pay a lot of attention to your catcher?

MacLane: Yep. I don't even think I intimidate anybody. I'm not really big or anything. Just try to make them miss the ball; that's my main goal.

NYF: Do you prefer pitching to left or right-handed hitters? Or do you have a preference?

MacLane: I like right-handed hitters. Cause I can throw my change-up a lot better to right-handed hitters.

NYF: Since last season what have you worked hardest on?

MacLane: My slider and my slide step in the stretch. Trying to get my times quick to the plate.

NYF: What motivates you the best?

MacLane: I don't know, just being real determined and setting high standards for myself and trying to accomplish all my goals, every year. I set goals all the time. Just keep thinking about them and trying to set them and exceed them. Seeing how far I can get with it.

NYF: Besides racking up multiple victories, what would be your idea of a perfect season?

MacLane: Winning every day obviously. I don't know, every time I go out there being really comfortable on the mound, really know what's going on, and just trying to learn every time. Every time I go out there, trying to learn, trying to pick up on little things just to help me, the game. Try to get better, playing, trying to get to the next level.

NYF: What do you think you've improved on the most?

MacLane: Ah man, I don't know. Just learning about the game. This level plays totally different than college baseball. Now I've got to call my own pitches, in college I didn't call my pitches. I've learned a lot about that, learned a lot about reading the hitters, what they do during each at bat, during each swing and stuff. Still trying to work on that, but I'd say calling pitches for myself.

NYfansonly.com would like to thank Evan MacLane for taking the time to sit down with Claire and give us all some more insight into his game and his life.

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