Editor’s note: These interviews took place midseason, but personal circumstances prevented us from publishing them at the time of the interviews. We still wanted to share them even if they are a few months after the fact. Thank you!
Right-hander Charlie Cerny opened eyes in 2018 when he posted a 1.63 ERA and struck out 64 in 55 innings for Illinois-Chicago. The Oakland A’s selected the reliever in the seventh round. Cerny, a sinkerball pitcher, spent his pro debut season with short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. In 25 innings, he posted a 4.32 ERA and a 15:12 K:BB.
Donald Moore spoke with Cerny during the season about his transition to pro ball.
Donald Moore: Hi Charlie, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Charlie Cerny: It’s going well. It’s been a lot of fun, definitely a new experience from college but it’s been a lot of fun and been a good year for us.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
CC: To learn a lot of things as much as I can and work on those things in the offseason and take in everything in right now.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
CC: Definitely my perseverance. My ability to work through tough situations on the mound or off the field and just deal with those things mentally and physically as best I can.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
CC: Just my stuff overall. I’d like to improve on my changeup, because I didn’t throw it as much in college and it’s been something I have been working on and continue to get better with that.
DM: How are you acclimating to professional baseball?
CC: I think I have come along well so far. It’s weird to think this is my job now, but I think it’s going well so far.
DM: What is the best thing about being a professional athlete?
CC: There is a lot of good things, but the free food before and after the games is great. It’s a big plus for me.
DM: What have you found to be the hardest thing?
CC: The daily grind everyday, before and during the games all season. Just continuing to work and improve everyday gets tough at times and keep that strong mind everyday.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
CC: No, I don’t do anything special daily.
DM: Any hobbies?
CC: When I get a chance I like to relax, watch television and movies, video games or whenever I have the down time just chill out.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
CC: St. Louis Cardinals.
DM: Where are you originally from?
CC: Bloomington, Illinois
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
CC: I’d say my dad. He taught me not just the physical aspect of baseball but also the mental aspect, discipline and stuff like that and encouraged me to work hard everyday and don’t take this game for granted because you don’t get to play this game too long and so I can reach my dream to play in the Major Leagues someday.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever saw on a baseball diamond?
CC: I’d say Game 6, 2011 World Series. The Cardinals when they came back and David Fresse hit a triple and a walk off home run. I was crying like a baby after that.
DM: Any offseason plans?
CC: Just go back home and chill out and hang out and get work done, take it day by day, just relax a lot because it was a long season and hang out.
DM: I want to thank you for you time and the best of luck to you and your career.
CC: Thank you, I appreciate it.
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