Interview with former Virginia Tech Baseball Player Michael Seaborn.

Our friend @HokieGuru keeps the great interviews coming. This time he’s talking with former Virginia Tech Hokie second baseman, Michael Seaborn  (@mseaborn5).

Seaborn was one of the senior leaders on the 2011 Virginia Tech baseball team… and that’s what he was… a steady player (hovering around a .300 batting average  for his career at Virginia Tech).  He started all 55 games for the Hokies in 2011 (and had 149 consecutive starts at second base). 

All Sports Discussion thanks Seaborn for spending some time with us and additional thanks to @HokieGuru for his continued contributions… his interview follows below:

What made you decide to become a Hokie?

I originally began my college career at University of Kentucky , but after a year and half realized it wasn’t the right fit for me.  From there, I began making a few visits to various colleges around the South and ended up coming to visit VT during Thanksgiving break of 2008.  Although there weren’t many students on campus, from the moment I stepped on VT campus I realized it was the place I wanted to go.  I met all of the coaches who all seemed very personable and people that I would love to play baseball for.  My host and later roommate, Luke Padgett, was a great kid who really made my visit a very memorable one. 

What so far has been your fondest memory at Virginia Tech ?

There have been many memorable moments on the baseball field  including numerous great series wins over just about every program in the ACC.  If I were to choose one memory, the one that really stands out is the regional that we made in 2010 at University of South Carolina.  Although we did not reach our goal of advancing to a Super Regional and Omaha, the experience was unbelievable and one that I will always remember.  However, outside of baseball I have also created numerous relationships with teammates, coaches, other players, and students that I will remember for the rest of my life. 

Are you playing or active with baseball this summer?

I am not playing baseball this summer, but instead am actually helping coach a summer baseball team out of my high school. 

On a professional basis, what are you doing today?

My family owns an apartment complex in Atlanta, Georgia and I am currently working at this property as a property manager.  For the most part, I help with new leases and showing apartments to potential residents, make sure that maintenance orders are taken care of, and other everyday operations.

Which player or person most inspired you to be the best baseball player you could be? 

My parents. The baseball park  that I grew up playing at was right down the street from my house, and my father and I would go over there every night when he got home from work.  We would stay out there for hours until either I couldn’t swing the bat another time or my father couldn’t throw another baseball.  My parents inspired me to become a better baseball player, while at the same time didn’t pressure or force me to do something that I didn’t enjoy doing.  Without the help and support of my parents, I would not have become the baseball player or person I am today.

Is there a player (or players) that you patterned your game after, per se?

I would have to say that I would model my game after Dustin Pedroia .  Unfortunately, size was one aspect of my game that I would never possess no matter how hard I worked.  There are numerous things in baseball that an individual can constantly work on to improve such as hitting, fielding, pitching, base running, strength, etc. but height was one thing I could not control.  Therefore, Dustin Pedroia for the Boston Red Sox, who is listed at 5’8” and 165 pounds, was the player that proved to me that size isn’t all that matters and I could continue to reach my goals by working extremely hard. 

Who are some of the former Hokies and Major League Baseball players that you still stay in contact with?

 Some of the former Hokies who I have stayed in touch with are Austin Wates, Ben Rowen, Tim Smalling, and Steve Bumbry.  

In your opinion, what has been the biggest win for the Hokies’ baseball program during your tenure?

 There have been many wins during my career at Virginia Tech that really stand out, but if I had to choose one particular game it would be when we beat University of Miami in 2008 when they were ranked #1 in the nation with a final score of 7-6.  If I remember correctly, they had about 10-12 players drafted in the first 5 rounds, including 4-5 first rounders. 

 Any advice for the young men out there that read this about getting ready for college and beyond from your experiences as a college baseball player?

People always told me “enjoy the game while your playing it cause it will be over before you know it” growing up.  I understood what they were trying to say, but didn’t realize that they couldn’t have said it any better.  Now that I am done playing baseball, I realize how different it is going to be in August when I am not around the team, going to practice, taking batting practice and of course playing in games.  Enjoy the game while you have the opportunity to play and make the most of it, because for most of us, it will be over before you realize how much fun it was.   

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