Turn 2 With "Mario Hol": Mario Holmann's Notebook

Mario Holmann is one of the Yankee's most exciting prospects in the farm system, contributing stolen bases, acrobatic plays, and a dose of energy at the top of the lineup. Mario is keeping a journal throughout 2005 to keep the readers of PinstripesPlus.com updated on his progress. (Free Preview!)

Well, as I told you last week, we started our spring training games last Saturday and we started off victorious by beating the Tampa Bay affiliate. That day I didn't play because of my wrist still being a little sore. Then the next day, we went to St. Petersburg to face Tampa Bay again and we tied that game 4-4. In that game I went 1 for 2. I didn't feel very comfortable at the plate but that was normal because it was my first game in a while after not playing. We played intrasquad games on Monday against the Tampa Yankees and we beat them. In that game, I went 0 for 2 with a well hit ball right to the second baseman and a strike out. Then, on Tuesday we went to Dunedin to face the Blue Jays affiliate and they beat us. And, in that game I had 2 at bats and I got 2 walks so I didn't have any official at bats that day. On Wednesday, we just went to Legends Field to hit in the batting cages because it was raining a lot. So, they rained out that game also. So, overall, during the week I went 1 for 4 with 2 BB and a strike out.

Now I am going to answer some questions that the fans sent in. But, before I do that I want to thank all of you for sending those questions and being concerned about my progress this spring training.

Fan#1: How fast do you run from home plate to first base?

Mario: Well, I am not 100% sure about this because they haven't timed me yet in these games. But, I think from the left side I can get to first base between 3.9 and 4.1 seconds, and from the right side between 4.0 and 4.2 seconds.

Fan#2: What kind of glove do you use?

Mario: I have a contract with Akadema, and I am using the funnel series glove. It is very nice and comfortable. I really like using that glove.

Fan#3: Which MLB player do you compare yourself to?

Mario: Well, I like the way Derek Jeter plays because he is a leader on the Yankee team and he always gives his best in every game no matter what. But, I really don't want to be like anyone else because I want to create a unique style on the field, and to be remembered by this uniqueness and play the way no player ever has before.

Fan#4: Which MLB team were you a fan of before you signed with the Yankees?

Mario: Well, I really didn't have a team that I went for. I didn't have any preferences for any team. I just waited for the playoffs and then chose one of the teams. But, I am going to say that one thing is for sure, I didn't like the Yankees before I signed. But, after I signed, the one and only team that I pull for every season are the New York Yankees.

Fan#5: Are there any differences in the styles of play between Nicaragua and the USA?

Mario: Yes, there are some differences, but the biggest difference is the discipline. Here, you have to do things the way they tell you to do them, but back home if you want to do something, you do it. If you don't want to, well you don't do it. But, in my case I always try to do the same things that I do here so whenever I come back for spring training I don't feel a big change in the way I have to do things.

Well, that's it for now. It is good to know that I have so many fans behind me so I am happy to answer any questions you may have along the way. Contact the site at PinstripesPlus@aol.com and the questions will be answered in an upcoming journal. Thanks again to all my fans!

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