Greg Swindell was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 1986 amateur draft. He signed with the Indians on July 31, 1986 and made his MLB Debut on August 21 of the same year. During his rookie year, Greg compiled a 5-2 record, with a 4.23 ERA and 46 SO. Over his 17 year career Swindell played for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Greg was an American League All-star with the Indians in 1989, and a World Series Champion with the Diamondbacks in 2001. Over his career he pitched 2233.1 innings in 664 games, compiled a 123-122 record. He had a 3.86 ERA, 1542 SO and only allowed 501 walks. Greg’s final game was on September 23, 2002.
A few weeks ago, I got the chance to talk with Greg Swindell. I told him about my blog, and he kindly agreed to do an interview with me. Here is what he had to say during the interview:
Q1 (Me): Tell me a little about yourself
Greg: Live in Austin tx. Raising 3 children. 1 is out of college. Broadcasting longhorn baseball on longhorn network. Engaged to Lauren
Q2 (Me): Do you have any hobbies, or collect memorabilia of any kind?
Greg: Crossword puzzles. Jeopardy. Trivia. Golf a little. I don’t collect too much.
Q3 (Me): What was the most fulfilling thing that you got from a 17 year career in Major League Baseball?
Greg: Winning World Series in 2001. And just having a 17 year career was fulfilling!!
Q5 (Me): You have almost 9 years of Major League experience in both the National and American leagues. What challenges did each league present, and how did they differ according to which league you were playing in?
Greg: National league was faster paced and I got to hit. I liked that. American League as a pitcher you just sit around and wait.
Q5 (Me): You were an All Star in 1989 with the Indians, and a World Champion in 2001 with the Diamondbacks. What were those experiences like?
Greg: Winning World Series is indescribable. Until you’ve done it. You can’t describe it. All-star was in same team with Nolan. My hero growing up. It was a lot of fun to see his experience e up close.
Q6 (Me): Often times we hear about players who play for 1 team during their career. What did you most enjoy about being able to play for six teams during your career?
Greg: Just experience the diff philosophies of coaches and org. I liked it. Also lived the cities I played in.
Q7 (Me): What was it like breaking Sandy Alomar’s 30 game hit streak in 1997?
Greg: He was my catcher for 4 years. I gave him 3 fastballs down the middle and he popped one up. I tried!!!! To extend it. Haha
Q8 (Me): Is there one particular accomplishment of yours that you are most proud of?
Greg: Starting for 10 years and relieving for 7 more. Making the adjustment from one to the other.
Q9 (Me): When you look down the road, can you see yourself as a manager or coach in either the Major Leagues or minors?
Greg: I would like to coach yes. I have 5 team mates that are managers right now from 1988 Indians. But you have to “pay your dues” So I would have to start at the bottom.
Q10 (Me): What advice would you give to kids who play baseball?
Greg: Enjoy what you’re doing. I played baseball because it was fun. Wether it’s baseball or whatever. Enjoy what you do and it will be good.
Thank you very much Greg, for answering all my questions! I greatly appreciate your generosity and getting to talk with you!
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