An interview with Rebels Joe Dorton

Joe Dorton

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Who are you playing with in 2017?
Rebel sports

What positions do you play and what is your best position?

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
A lot to name but I'll go with Bryson baker watching that dude hit it all over is amazing and can play defense 

Why do you like the game of softball?
Something fun and competitive to do after quitting baseball

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Easy answer Kyle person guy is unreal but local young guys I play league with like Brett hall, guy mccomas and Gino darin work hard at the game and play hard.

What is your height and weight?
6'3 250

Where do you call home?
Taylor Michigan

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
hangout with family and friends
Play local stuff
Coach high school baseball

What do you do for a living?
Work at lowes and do hitting lessons on the side

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played high school and two years at a local juco.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Dad played for a long time so watching him as a kid.
I owe it to Chris Schwartz for getting me into the game my first year we finished 9th at c worlds and most of all Justin Green for giving me the first chance at the conference. Best person in the game to play for in my opinion whoever has played with him would understand

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Just the speed of the game is completely different.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
A few in my eyes. My dad has a lot of impact on it. He played along time at the higher level. Also just taking advice from Vince Bisbee and Brett Helmer when they give it.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work at the game all the time even in league. Everyone can hit homeruns with the bats work the whole field line to line.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Overlap 27oz endload

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I lift almost everyday and hit 2-3 times a week.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I'm a Detroit sports fan. Yes even the lions. Favorite sport is football outside of softball/baseball

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I have the same at bat routine I go through.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Bottoms up -Brantley Gilbert

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Tough question. I think just keep leveling the playing field and keep bat testing polices

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Smokys is great awesome environment for softball. Also liked the last chance in Detroit being my hometown tournament.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Columbus is super nice and BLD

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Buffalo Wild Wings

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I played a whole season with John Greer and Aaron Babicz two of the funniest dudes in softball and great teammates so we have plenty of moments.



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