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Brad Ziegler: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

July 8, 2007 | By James Morris | comment on this post
Oakland A's minor league reliever Brad Ziegler has been converted to a sidearm delivery.
Oakland A’s minor league pitcher Brad Ziegler shares his insight with RotoRob.com.

Now, everyone wants to get up close and personal with a professional baseball player, right? We all want to shake their hands and have a little chat with them, right? Are they like me and you? Do they put on their pants one leg at a time or do they hop right in with both feet? Luckily for me I actually know one of the Oakland A’s Triple-A pitchers.

Brad Ziegler and I have played in a Diamond Mind league together for about three years now. When he was in town last year with the Sacramento Rivercats, we met up after a game for some dinner. For any of you that don’t know who he is, I suggest you look him up and get on the ball. I wasn’t sure what to think of him when I first met him at the stadium. But, all in all, I must say that it is refreshing to know that there are still pro players that love the game, respect the fans, and don’t mind signing a ball for a little kid that came to the game.

I had a chance to ask Brad to answer some questions about fantasy sports, his career and the realities of playing minor league baseball and here’s what he had to say:

RotoRob.com: How many years have you been playing fantasy sports?

BZ: About eight years, since I was a freshman in college. And let me make it known that the fantasy baseball leagues I’m in are totally free – no entry fees and no prize money.

Do you play any other fantasy sports besides baseball?

Football. Oh, and the NCAA bracket challenge, one of the free ones.

Do you approach a draft differently than other fantasy players would?

Not really. People who follow the game enough will know what I know. Maybe I played with a guy in the minors, and I think he might be overrated. Sometimes magazines overhype a player, and I try to avoid him. Not to say I am always right, but I’m not always wrong, either. I also may avoid a guy because of his personality from time-to-time. I like to have guys on my teams that I like. Some people will pick whoever because they are in it to win it. Others will not take a Red Sox player because they are diehard Yankees fans. I am like that

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8 Responses to “Brad Ziegler: When Fantasy Becomes Reality”

  1. James Morris says:

    Oh ya, you want to get jiggy with Brad? Check out his blog:

    http://www.athleticsnation.com/user/Brad%20Ziegler

  2. TK says:

    Nice interview James. I will see you in the 1928 World Series!

  3. James Morris says:

    Thanks Travis… since you know Brad too, I will take it that I did a good job asking the questions and Brad was just average answering them. M-Kay?

  4. [...] It’s funny that you ask because I just got off the phone with Brad Ziegler from the A’s Triple-A team, who I was interviewing for a story on the site. He was talking to me about how much he likes Lincecum. If I were to pick up someone to hope for a big second half, Lincecum would be my guy after that conversation. The mere 13 hits and three runs he’s allowed over his last three starts and 20 IP doesn’t hurt, either. [...]

  5. A Lee says:

    I just now saw this blog. I went to HS and parts of college with Brad. That interview is totally Ziegler. He and his family always have a certain way of answering everything the perfect way! It’s great to see a website showcase an athlete with great talent and an AMAZING POV and personality. I guess it come from being a person rooted in his upbringing, the son of a preacher.

  6. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for the note A-Lee; glad you had a chance to finally see the interview and we hope you’ll keep coming back.

    Cheers

  7. James Morris says:

    I’ev played fantasy baseball with Brad for a few years now and when he was in Albuquerque last year we went and got some dinner after the game. Brad is cool peoples… you just have to keep and eye on him when he tries to talk trade with you.

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