Mike Hollimon has been a consistent hitter hitting in the .270 range in his first two pro seasons but this season he is above .280 and has a career high 66 RBI with a month left in the season. He believes that hard work, preparation and consistency are important to becoming a better player.
"The jump to Double A wasn't that hard. In low A ball you see the same talent but the biggest difference is the consistency. The pitchers here are good at throwing their second and third pitches for strikes and locating them".
The biggest difference in his game appears to be his consistency. It wasn't always the case for Hollimon but he has a good understanding of what it takes to be successful. He understands that the game of baseball will have it's highs and lows but it's how you deal with them that will make you successful.
"I just try not to do too much, every time I go sour it's because I try to do more than I'm capable of doing".
It doesn't matter what time of year it is Hollimon feels that hard work and preparation are important. In the off season he is a player who enjoys working out and pushing himself and during the season he focuses on the game.
"I grinded my body pretty hard this off season. I worked out six days a week, three hours a day lifting and exercising. During the season you don't workout as hard it's more about mental preparation. You need to visualize the game so you are ready for whatever happens."
Things haven't always come easy for Hollimon he had to deal with some adversity in college and he is happy he stayed in college all four years. It is something that has made him the player he is today and helps him to deal with adversity and new challenges.
"Staying in college was the best decision I made. I had some struggles in college but I learned from my mistakes and learned how to deal with it."
It was the struggles in college that helped Hollimon deal with adversity and new challenges. He was given a new challenge at the beginning of this season when he was moved to second base after playing shortstop his entire life. It was a challenge he was both willing and excited about.
"I was really excited about the prospect of becoming a second baseman and the things that come along with it. I was excited to work hard at learning the foot work required in turning a double play and avoiding a runner sliding in. I was looking forward to it and now I like it about as much as I like shortstop."
Hollimon appeared to have some success at second base but due to injuries he recently moved back to shortstop. After some initial struggles he seems to be more comfortable.
"I was really excited about the opportunity to go back to shortstop but the first couple of games it seemed foreign. It took a couple of games to get used to it but now I'm more comfortable".
Hollimon is a player who has enjoyed some success but he feels the teams success is what's important. The SeaWolves team this season has been extremely successful and are currently in first place in their division. There are plenty of reasons for the teams success but the general atmosphere and attitude around the team is most important to Hollimon.
"The key to our success has been the team chemistry. Everyone on the team jokes and we all get along together on and off the field. It's almost like we're a family. Every time someone is down we try to bring him back up and we all feed off that."
"In order for the team to continue to be successful we just need to be more consistent. We definitely know we have the talent we just need to be consistent and be at the top of our game.
If Hollimon continues on his current place he will go to big places. He has an understanding that the game is not easy and that you have to work hard to accomplish your goals. He also understands that there are plenty of players who have equal talent to him and he works hard to be a more consistent player on a daily basis. It's this attitude towards the game that will help him succeed.