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February 7, 2007 – The Jeremy Todd Q&A February 7, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Jeremy Todd Q&A: Jeremy Todd is going to be stopping by at around 7PM tonight to answer atlanticleaguebaseball.com readers questions.

The Barnstormers outfielder put together quite a season in 2006, so there’s plenty to talk about.

Make sure you stop by and follow the Q&A live at 7 by refreshing the comments section. – Mike Ashmore, mashmore@patriotsbaseball.com



1. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 7, 2007

We’re expecting Jeremy Todd to stop by in around an hour or so. Make sure you’re here at 7PM to follow all the fun live.

2. JNTODD25 - February 7, 2007

hey mike, i am here hopefully everything will go smoothly.

3. Barnstorming - February 8, 2007

I would like to take the time to say JEREMY YOUR #1 IN LANCASTER…

4. Amy - February 8, 2007

Hey Jeremy!

5. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

Thanks for stopping by, Jeremy. This particular Q&A has generated a lot of interest, so let’s get this one started.

Not counting your own, what is your favorite and least favorite visitors clubhouse in the league and why??……..also not counting your own, what is your favorite and least favorite ballpark in the league and why???

6. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

Surprisingly, Newark is my favorite visitors clubhouse since you have plenty of room to move around, theres a tv and always a good spread from jim the clubbie, he does a really good job. i also had him as my home clubbie before being traded from newark, least favorite would have to be bridgeport. it is just dull and boring. there is nothing to do around there and the spread is usually lousy.

7. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

MD writes: Jeremy, can you tell us in detail how you train in the off season. do you lift heavy weights? also do you clean and press along with the other olympic lifts? please elaborate as much as you would like as I love the subject of baseball conditioning.

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

Blogger’s being ridiculously slow at the moment…

9. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

sorry i am having so computer issues. i lift heavy 4-5 times a week no cleans because of stress on my should but i do lift heavy because i play mostly at first and caTCH.

10. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i had posted a lot more detail on the last question but it dropped twice and i had to rewrite it both times.

11. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

No problem, Jeremy. I think it was an issue with the site, I was having some problems as well.

AD sent in a lot of questions for you, you’re her favorite player. Here’s one of them: What are your plans for next season. any interest from affiliated clubs? Still looking to hook on in Harrisburg or Reading? Had any better offers? There are lots of people that I know that think you deserve a better shot in affiliated ball!

12. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i started to set up a blog for any info i dont get too if any one wants to check it out later it is http://www.jeremytodd34.blogspot.com

13. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

I think we’ll keep Jeremy here until around 8 or so, and then I’ll post any questions we don’t get to. Jeremy can answer them if he has time and you can read them either here or at the site Jeremy listed. A player blog would be a great idea, by the way…

14. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i have pretty much signed my contract to play in lancaster next year. i do have the option to just go to spring traing with an affiliated club if they want with no blockage. however, i have received no phone calls as of yet for affiliated ball. i sent out some stuff to people but have gotten no feedback from any. as of right now i have no plans in reading or harrisburg.

15. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

What differences will the fans in Lancaster see between Frank Klebe’s style of managing and Tom Herr’s style of managing?

16. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

well for one frank has a lot more energy than tommy. tommy was great as a manager i loved playing for him, he was a real players manager. he would make you feel bad about anything. if you mess up you know it and he would pull you aside if you made a mistake and tell you, hey, you probably shouldnt have made that throw in that situation and just let you know what happened. i think frank will be the same in some respects i think he will be a great manager this year. he will be a lot more confrontational on bad calls than tommy was though.

17. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

How did you find out about Tom’s leaving?

18. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i work in the stadium office so i actually heard from him when he came in.

19. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

What was the clubhouse like during the season…Scott Sobkowiak said it was “pretty light” all year even thru the 9 game losing streak.

20. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

it was always light in the clubhouse. me and scott had our lockers right next to each other and we could get a good look at everyone. nobody was worried when we lost 9 in a row. we knew it was just a case of being midway through the secnd half and we hadnt caught our second wind yet, but we always had a lot of fun no matter what.

21. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

MA – Jeremy, I guess to follow up on that, do you still keep in touch with a lot of the guys from that team? Any word on who might be re-joining you for 2007? (Not doing my job if I don’t ask…ha-ha)

22. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

to tell you the truth everyone pretty much goes there own way. we spend enough time together that a good long break is usually needed…but i see jutt and zwirchitz pretty regularly. i hit with jutt at millersville university and squeeze did work in the office after having surgery. i am pretty sure they will bothe be back. burkhart probably too. after that your guess is as good as mine.

23. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

What does your job in the front office entail other than personal appearances…I know that you do a lot of them.

24. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i have a degree in sports and business management, so i am working with the customer service dept. making calls to season ticket holders, i work with the marketing department (Adam) on ideas to help promote the team, and i work with the community relations (Kevin) dept. helping coordinate appearances

25. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

MA – Another follow-up…is working in the front office kind of starting the preparation for life after baseball, or is it just a way to stay involved during the off-season. A little bit of both?

26. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

it is definately preparation for life after baseball. i want to be able to go right into whatever i decide to do. this helps me get experience and a stable job to show on a resume instead of a new job every 6 months. i sent out some resumes this year and if something good would have come up i might of taken it. cause you know we dont make that much playing here in the league compared to normal jobs

27. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

Back to the fan questions, I’m killing everyone with the follow-ups…

What about the “Code Red” experience…what was that like from a players point of view?

28. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

it was a really unique experience. we all enjoyed it and it helped motivate us. i dont think i had ever played in any games with as much excitement. we have great fans in lancaster and hopefully they will keep it up this year, it would be cool if the code red would catch on for all of our games. anyways it was a great experience and i was glad to be a part of it

29. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

This’ll be the last one, Jeremy’s already been good enough to stay here for an hour, and I don’t want to keep him too long. I apologize in advance for not getting to every question, but we got a LOT of questions for this particular Q&A.

Do you have any pregame rituals, superstitions, preparations etc

I have noticed when you are in the on deck circle that you have a little ritual that you do with the batting “donut”…is that just a superstition ? I notice that you do it every at bat…can you explain what you do for fans from other places???

30. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i do have some superstitions, however i do have a lot less than i used to. playing for a while will do that. when i am in the ondeck circle i always use the long ceramic donut, i swing it 3 times no matter how i feel, then i use the handle end of the bat to knock it off of the bat and stand it up then i kick it back to the circle with the side of my foot. dont really know how it got started but i have done it for about 3 years now and it seems to have worked pretty good for me. it just puts you in a familiar place before you go to bat. it seems to help me lock in before i go tou hit, its kid of like stallone in over the top when he turns his hat around before he arm wrestles. it puts you in the right state of mind.

31. Barnstorming - February 8, 2007

Quick Question regarding the bullpen pitchers,
who came up with that Cow Rocking they do when that video and tune plays… (Whetherby?)
Its cool as Hell

32. Amy - February 8, 2007

It sure does Jeremy…I just think its cool when you do that!

33. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

A chat with an Atlantic League All-Star and a Stallone reference. I don’t know how it can end on a better note.

Big thanks to Jeremy Todd for stopping by to answer fans questions and a few from myself. Jeremy has set up a blog to answer the questions we weren’t able to get to at jeremytodd34.blogspot.com, so make sure you check that out.

JT, if there’s anything else you want to say, feel free to fire away. Thanks again for taking the time out to answer all these questions and best of luck!

34. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

You can tackle that one if you want as well…

35. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i think everyone has given charle the credit for that one. i think it is pretty cool as well. i dont know though, i may have seen someone do it in 05 but it didnt really catch on though…….but i will give charlie the credit for organizing it.

36. Amy - February 8, 2007

Thanks Jeremy for answering these questions and i will see you soon over at the stadium! amy

37. Amy - February 8, 2007

That rally rony rocking thing is hilarious!

38. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007

i just want to thank everyone who was here and i enjoyed answering your questions, let me know if you need any help with anything else. good luck with the website, and i am sure ill see you soon. thanks again. i will try to check on the other site pretty often, if there are any questions.

39. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 8, 2007

Hope everyone enjoyed this. I’ll (hopefully) have some sort of announcement regarding the next Q&A in the very near future, so stay tuned.

40. Amy - February 8, 2007

Awesome as ever Mike !! thanks again for taking my questions!

41. SouthernALFan - February 8, 2007

As I am sure you saw, Jason Guarente pointed out

“When the (Nashua) Pride left the league, he was selected by the Barnstormers in a dispersal draft.

How York obtained Bergeron’s rights from the Barnstormers is one of those Atlantic League mysteries that will forever remained unsolved.”

Do you have any idea how this happened?

42. JNTODD25 - February 8, 2007


43. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - February 9, 2007

The way this was explained to me was that Bergeron’s AL rights expired following the season because he didn’t play in the AL, therefore making him an AL free agent.

I’m not sure if he became an AL free agent in 2006 or 2007, but the point is…the man was an AL free agent at the time he signed.

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