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Hollywood story continues for Hoover
Hoover ‘excited’ about perfecting his craft
Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Brett Fowler
It sounds like something straight out of Hollywood. 38-year-old former college baseball player with the passion and ability to play the game he loves again, but this time at the professional level. So he sets out on his journey, trying out for team after team throughout the northeastern United States with the hope someone will take a chance on him. That dream finally came to fruition last June when Bryan Hoover was handed a Road City Explorers jersey and was told he had made the team.
Now Hoover is continuing to live his dream, working to hone his skills and have the chance to make a major league club.
"I first saw Bryan Hoover when he came to an Explorers tryout for the North Country Baseball League,” Road City manger Eddie Gonzalez said, “I was the manager of the team at the time and we had about 25 players trying out. I noticed his fielding and throwing skills, along with his speed before knowing anything about him. I asked him about his experience and he said he was a rookie.
“I was blown away by his answer because for 19 years Bryan had not played ball, yet got him self ready to come to a pro tryout and out perform guys that were already on the team, fresh out of college, and with affiliated pro experience.”
Hoover had never completely stopped playing the game he loves, continuing to play in recreational leagues, he just put it on the back burner to do what he felt God had called him to do in ministry. “I wouldn’t be crazy enough to try it if it wasn’t for my faith,” Hoover said, “I had a calling on my life when I was younger and wanted to serve it, and always do. I’m just at a point in my life where I’ve got the passion to play ball again and thought ‘lets see how far we can take this’.”
Now having gotten his feet wet, the 38-year old is continuing to work hard this winter to try and keep moving up in the ranks of the baseball world. Hoover recently finished up a winter league in Florida where he batted a little over .300 on the season with the hopes of trying to move up to a more competitive league in the spring.
“The whole thing is a progression,” Hoover Said, “there are so many layers and levels it takes a while to really move up and have a shot at majors. Right now I’m just focusing on training, and trying to figure out what I need to do to get better.”
But many questions remain for Hoover on where he will go next “It’s one of those things that every year you have to renew with the team.” Hoover said. The league in which the Road City Explorers, Hoover’s current team, plays in has decided to cease operation. According to Hoover, Road City could find a new league or even rebrand itself altogether in a new city.
However, one thing is certain; Gonzales is still willing to take a chance on the 38-year old. Gonzalez is in the running for a managerial job with a team in the highest-level independent league, which would help Hoover’s chances of making it to an MLB affiliate team tremendously. “Eddie has basically told me, wherever he ends up, I’ve got a spot.” Hoover said.
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