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Plant City Observer Friday, Jul. 21, 2017 1 year ago

Athlete of the Week: Jake Carbaugh

Jake Carbaugh is moving up in the baseball world.
by: Justin Kline Sports/Associate Editor

Though Jake Carbaugh’s Plant City Little League All-Stars season is over, he and his coaches are excited for the future. After hitting his first home run in May, Carbaugh, 9, followed up with three more in a Memorial Day weekend machine pitch tournament and continued to hit the ball well through All-Stars play with the 9-10 A Baseball team.

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How long have you been playing baseball?

Since I was 4.


What made you get into it?

My dad just turned it on ... the TV. He kept turning it on and I kind of had a feel for it, and I wanted to start playing it.


What’s your favorite thing about the game?

Hanging out with my friends and having fun.


What positions do you play?

I play shortstop, pitcher, third base and a little bit of catcher.


Which is your favorite?



Why’s that?

I don’t know. It’s just fun.


What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done on a baseball field?

When I hit my first home run.


Which position do you not play a lot of now, but would like to?

Center field. I’ve tried it a couple of times but not a lot.


Who’s your favorite ballplayer?

Kris Bryant.


Are you a Cubs fan?

I like the Rays.


If you could play for any MLB team when you get older, what would it be?

The Rays.


What’s the best lesson a coach has given you in baseball?

It’s hard to just pick out one … hitting the ball. Don’t bail out. Step in.


Do you play any other sports?

I play basketball and soccer sometimes.


Is there a sport you’ve never tried before, but would like to?

Hockey. I like to punch people.


If you could give a new teammate some advice, what would you say?

If he has a curveball or something, don’t think about it. Just hit it.


You say you like to cheer your teammates up when they’re feeling down. What’s the best way to do that?

I say, “Don’t worry about it. Get the next one.”


Let’s say you make it to the Rays one day and get $1 billion. What’s the first thing you buy?

A car. I want a Lambo.


What superpower would you like to have?

Super strength.


What’s your favorite baseball movie?

Rookie of the Year.


What do you want to get better at on the field?

Pitching. I want to work on throwing harder and locating. Breaking balls and stuff.


What are you best at?

Hitting, probably.

Justin Kline is the Sports/Associate Editor at the Plant City Observer. He has been covering all things sports-related in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World since 2013.

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