With baseball season starting this week, we had the chance to catch-up with former Diamond Dukes who are now playing professionally. The alumni gave advice, talked about what made JMU’s program unique and their upcoming seasons. Here is what 2010 draft pick Michael Fabiaschi had to say.
What advice would you give to a college baseball player looking to go professional?
The biggest piece of advice that I would give to a college player looking to play professionally is to put in the hard work in practice, play hard, hustle, and have fun during the games. It doesn't do you any good worrying about the future or about the draft, just focus on becoming a better player and the rest will take care of itself.
What has been the biggest challenge and reward while playing professionally?
The biggest challenge playing professionally is the schedule and dealing with failure. Playing a game every night can take a toll on you mentally and physically. The best reward is having the opportunity to dedicate and commit yourself to the game of baseball.
How did playing at JMU influence your baseball career?
Playing at JMU had a huge influence on my baseball career and on my life. I met and played with some of my best friends and grew into the person that I am today with help of coaches and players. It helped me to mature and learn a lot of lessons about life through baseball.
What made the JMU program unique while you were there?
The JMU program was unique because we were an extremely close-knit unit. We did everything together. We lived together, practiced together, took classes together, ate together, and spent any other free time together. When we got together off the field it wasn't just a few people it was always the whole team together. The coaching staff really wanted to and did have an impact on players on and off the field, which is special. I wouldn't trade my JMU baseball experience for anything in the world.
What is your favorite memory from JMU baseball?
My favorite memory from JMU baseball is winning the CAA Championship in 2008. But I will forever remember the friendships and good times we had together on and off the field.
What is your favorite memory from professional baseball?
My favorite memory from professional baseball is hitting a grand slam at a game that my parents were watching. It made it that much more special to share the experience with my family.
What are your goals for the upcoming professional season?
My goals for the upcoming season are to stay healthy and play a full season. I want to continue to improve as a player and get closer to reaching the ultimate goal of playing in the major leagues.