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Q&A with Oakland Athletics prospect Cooper Goldby, C

Northern California native Cooper Goldby missed much of the season with injury but finished on an up note.

Cooper Goldby / Photo by Kimberly Contreras
Cooper Goldby played in the AZL in 2017 / Photo by Kimberly Contreras

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!

After selecting Cooper Goldby in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB draft out of high school, the Oakland A’s called Goldby’s name again in 2017, this time in round 35. Goldby played his pro debut season in the Arizona Rookie League. He was limited to just two games this season because of injury — one with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters and one with Triple-A Nashville. Goldby had a hit and his first two Triple-A RBIs in his Sounds’ appearance.

Donald Moore spoke with the northern California native during his time in Vermont earlier this season.

Donald Moore: Hi Cooper, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Cooper Goldby: It’s going pretty well, having a lot of fun out here.

DM: What are your goals for this year?
CG: Trying to get as much playing time as possible. It’s my first half season out of the AZL, so more playing time is really it for now.

DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength is as a ballplayer?
CG: Definitely my defensive skills behind the plate and and my mental game.

DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
CG: My offensive skills and my plate approach for sure.

DM: How are you acclimating to this league?
CG: The AZL league was very hot but unfortunately we have to deal with the humidity now. It’s much different here.

DM: What is the best thing about being a professional baseball player?
CG: I grew up going to games like this, playing in front of the crowd, and now I’m a player which is really a great experience.

DM: What have you found is the hardest thing being a pro?
CG: Definitely being away from home and from my family.

DM: Any pre-game routines?
CG: I really don’t have a pre-game routine. Just hang out in the clubhouse with the guys and get ready for the game.

DM: Any hobbies?
CG: I like to play a lot of video games and I watch a lot of television. I like relaxing but we are on the field playing a lot during the week and weekends, literally almost everyday, so when I can relax I take advantage of the down time.

DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
CG: I’d have to say the San Francisco Giants. I’m from Northern California. My dad works for the Marlins, so I grew up kind of split half and half, but I really like the Marlins too, but they are not that good.

DM: Where are you originally from?
CG: Sacramento California.

DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
CG: It would be my dad. He’s been in the game for a very long time. He was a player, but never made it to pro ball. He went on and started coaching when he was 23 in college and then got a job at ASU as a recruiter and coordinator in the early ’90s. When he was done at ASU, he went on to getting a scouting job with the Montreal Expos, then from the Expos to the Marlins.

DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
CG: Everyone has said this again and you probably heard it, the skunk in the bullpen and I’ve been on a few diamonds where the sprinklers have come on during the game. But the skunk definitely trumps over the sprinklers.

DM: Any off-season plans?
CG: Relax. Getting stronger and faster and whatever I can do and hang out with my family as much as possible.

DM: Thank you for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
CG: Thank you very much. My pleasure.

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