25 Year Old Two-Way Player with 7 years of Coaching Experience; Willing to Pay Flights
Name: Michael Takamori
Weight: 180 lbs
DOB: August 6, 1993
Date Available: September 1, 2019Will Pay Flight
Positions: Coach, SS, RP
Positions (alt): 1B, 2B, 3B, C
College: Linn-Benton Community College
Preferred Communication Tool: Email
Ever since I could walk, I’ve been a sports guy; whether that was baseball, basketball, football, soccer, or golf, I’ve always been drawn to the competitive nature and comradery of being a part of a team. Some of my fondest memories growing up in Corvallis, Oregon were watching the Oregon State University baseball teams of 2006 and 2007 teams win national championships. I’ve had the privilege of learning from coaches and players who have been a part of those very successful college teams. The knowledge they imparted on me as well as the relationships have extended far beyond the field and have shaped who I have become both as a coach and player.
I believe one of my greatest strengths in baseball is my knowledge and passion for the game. During the past 4 years of coaching at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, I have seen the other side of the game and am able to see the bigger picture in a way that I couldn’t before. I believe my playing style reflects that broadened view. No matter the circumstance, I am willing to do whatever the team needs in order to win, whether that’s play multiple positions or even help out a fellow teammate with a deficiency. My versatility as a defensive player is what I pride myself on the most. As I mentioned before, the competitive nature and one-on-one battles are what I was drawn to about the game, my mentality on the mound is that I am better than the hitter and will win that battle more times than not. I am willing to put in the work necessary to succeed where ever I go. I have learned more about work ethic (working at the junior college level) and what it truly takes to be successful in the game of baseball than I have anywhere else.
I am equally as passionate about the mental/ psychological side of the game. Over the last couple of years, I have adopted mental training processes to complement physical training. To me, the psychological side of baseball is extremely important. One of my favorite drills we have incorporated at LBCC is one of meditation and breathing. To set aside some time to work on getting your emotions and thoughts back to neutral has helped our guys calm themselves in different situations that would speed up their thoughts and reduce negative thoughts within themselves. I have worked hard to improve my mental game, and it definitely shows on the field.
Baseball is something that I know will be in my life forever. That is why I am so excited about the opportunity to play: because I know whenever I cannot play anymore, I will be right back into coaching. The experience and knowledge that playing overseas will provide will not only be beneficial to my playing career but just as beneficial to my coaching career. Obviously it would be a great experience in terms of baseball but it would be advantageous to learn about and experience other cultures around the world. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for the game of baseball where ever it takes me.
Abilities summary: Fastball, circle-change, and curveball. Sat 81-84 topped at 87. Hitting, more of a bat control/ on-base hitter.
|2012||Assistant Varsity Coach||Crescent Valley High School||Mid-Willamette Conference of OSAA||Primarily INF coach but also helped with hitters|
|2013||Head Freshman Coach||Crescent Valley High School||Mid-Willamette Conference of OSAA||Did basically everything for the team with only one assistant|
|2014||Head Junior Varsity Coach||Crescent Valley High School||Mid-Willamette Conference of OSAA||Did basically everything for the team with only one assistant|
|2016||Volunteer Assistant Coach||Linn-Benton Community College||NWAC||worked with all position groups and hitters, mainly BP arm and fungo hitter|
|2017||Volunteer Assistant Coach||Linn-Benton Community College||NWAC||worked with all position groups and hitters, mainly BP arm and fungo hitter|
|2017||Head Coach||Willamette Valley Brewers||Oregon Collegiate Baseball League||No practices, just played 23 games during the summer, Regular Season Champs|
|2018||Assistant Coach||Linn-Benton Community College||NWAC||worked with all position groups and hitters, mostly INF and catchers|
|2018||Assistant Coach||Medford Rogues||Great West League||3rd base coach and INF coach also worked with hitters|
|2019||Assistant Coach||Linn-Benton Community College||NWAC||during the Fall was interim Pitching Coach, spring moved back to hitters while splitting time between INF and OF|
These Testimonials Have Been Verified
I definitely endorse Michael Takamori for a baseball job overseas. I was fortunate to play and coach in Australia during my playing career and I know Mike would excel in the same or similar situations. Michael played for me at Linn-Benton Community College in Spring 2015, was our everyday SS on a playoff team. He can play all over the field, all infield positions and catch too. But probably has the most upside as a RHP. He’s a strike thrower with above-average stuff. Michael also coached with me this past season, Spring 2018 at Linn-Benton C.C. (NWAC, 42-4 overall record) He coached the OF and Catchers and did great a job. He’s relatable and well-liked by his peers and players. I know he has a bright future in the game of baseball because of his knowledge and most importantly his feel for the game.
I was lucky enough to play under Micheal last summer in Medford, Oregon. Michael was not only one of my coaches but I felt like he was apart of the roster. If we needed anything from baseball advice to personal advice he was there for me. He made the culture and community of the rouges ball club ten fold better. He would always be at the games early if any of the guys needed early work, he was committed to helping us become better baseball players and more importantly people. He expanded my knowledge of the game not only the physical side but mentally too. When we had big kids camps Michael would always be there helping out even when it was just the players jobs. On top of all that he is a great down to earth genuine bloke who just wants to help the game of baseball grow. Not only can he coach but can play too. He would jump in and get some ground balls when he could and had smooth hands combine with quiet footwork. Would make a great infield import but could honestly play anywhere on the field. Micheal is a very well mannered and polite guy and it would be easy to find a host family. I live in Perth, Australia and I have seen many imports come through and play for the Heat and local clubs and Micheal would be an amazing fit for a baseball job overseas.
Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom, Living with a host family
Prior engagements: No
Ever convicted of a felony? No
Recent injuries/illnesses: No
Traveling with a companion: No