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Michael Crouse, from beautiful British Columbia, was a 16th round draft choice of the Blue Jays in the 2008 draft.  Before being drafted Michael was a member of the Canadian Youth team.  Michael's father, Ray Crouse, was a professional football player who played in the CFL and the NFL.  Michael hit .337 this year for the GCL Jays before being promoted to Lansing in early August.

BB: Were you born and did you grow up in Port Moody, BC?

MC: I was born in New Westminster, BC and I grew up in Port Moody.

BB: And which baseball organizations did you play for?

MC: I played little league from about 6 to 13 years old with the Coquitlam little league and after that I branched off into the north shore premier league which is one of the top programs in Canada.

BB: Was your little league team good enough to try for the world series?

MC: We had a great team, basically the same team growing up which made it great chemistry-wise.  We always competed in districts and we ended up playing the same teams over and over in the championship but we would always lose by about one run.


BB: Your father played in the NFL and CFL?

MC: Yes he did.

BB: What position was he?

MC: He was a running back.  He played for the BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders, Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

BB: Was that before you were born?

MC: Yes, I never got to see my dad play, just on film.

BB: Given your size you could be a football player.  Did you play much football?

MC: I played football all my life and I stopped playing right before high school to focus more on baseball and basketball and other sports.  I knew when I was 15 or 16 years old that I wanted to make baseball a career.  So I cut out football to cut down on the injuries you can get.

BB: Your father wasn't a factor either way?

MC: No, he backed me 100% so I picked baseball.

BB: You were drafted at 17 years old.  How much of a shock was it to go down to Florida at 17 to start your career?

MC: Normally it would be a total change of atmosphere but we had Team Canada tours that would go down to Florida and play some of the minor league teams.  That prepared me for what I was getting into with the Blue Jays.

BB: This year your play has taken off, what do you out that down to?

MC: Every year you get a little bit more mature, you get more experienced.  I try to put those things together each year and build on that, hopefully it keeps building up and I become the player I want to be someday.


BB: How much of a surprise was it when you were told you were coming to Lansing?

MC: It was a big surprise.  I thought I was going to be in the GCL for the rest of the season, and we only had three weeks left, so when I was told I was very happy.

BB: How much of an adjustment has it been to play in front of thousands of people, at night, versus playing at mid-day in front of a handful of people?

MC: It's a big adjustment because the GCL is midday in the heat of Florida and now it's 7pm games in front of fans, its an adjustment for sure.

BB: Hitting-wise, is it a change?

MC: Yes I think you have to get used to the lights a little bit but when it's all said and done it's still hitting, it's not that big of a difference.

BB: Do you find the pitchers much different here?

MC: Yes, they will locate their fastballs more, and they will make an adjustment to you in your next at-bat whereas in the GCL you see a lot more fastballs that you can hit.

BB: Coming from Vancouver do you think you will be ready for the cold here next April?

MC: In Vancouver we start our season in late March, early April.  It rains, it's very cold until it slowly heats up so I'm ready.

BB: Did you ski growing up?

MC: I did but after I broke my arm in a snowboarding incident I stopped that.

BB: Is that forbidden under your contract?

MC: Of course, I can't do that anymore.


Batters Box thanks Michael Crouse for his time.

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CeeBee - Wednesday, August 25 2010 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#221447) #
Thanks for the interesting interview, Gerry. It's really adds a personal touch to our perspective of these often young players.
sam - Wednesday, August 25 2010 @ 11:10 PM EDT (#221450) #
This is an odd observation but in the pictures I've seen of Crouse he looks athletic but uber athletic the way Marisnick does. His lower half looks a little awkward. Does he have problems with those long limps and keeping them moving in a graceful manner?
Gerry - Thursday, August 26 2010 @ 10:05 AM EDT (#221465) #
No problem with Crouse's running or coordination.  As I said in the scouting report he had impressive speed once he got going.  He also easily stole a base in one of the games I saw.  He is built more like a football player than Marisnick.  Crouse is built like a tight end, if he was a football player.
sam - Thursday, August 26 2010 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#221489) #

Thanks Gerry!

DaveB - Thursday, August 26 2010 @ 02:04 PM EDT (#221497) #
Thanks for all the great interviews and updates from Lansing, Gerry. I met Crouse's dad on many occasions and I agree with you that his son has the look of a tight end. Ray Crouse was short and stocky, powerful legs and quick feet obviously. Michael might end up being 225 pounds when he fully matures and if he'd been a football player, probably comfortable at 240. He's still growing into that big frame so there will naturally be a lot of loose parts at this stage.
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