I don’t think there’s anything that can truly compare to playing baseball in the northeast region of America. From personal experience, I can tell you that I have played or practiced in nearly every weather condition.
The northeast can feature scorching heat, bitter coldness, gusting winds and rainy days. As nasty as the weather can get in the northeast, there’s several benefits of growing up and playing baseball in this region.
Quote from former MLB executive, Bill Veeck (Courtesy of pinterest.com)
The sometimes harsh weather can forge tough ballplayers. Players from the northeast can learn to adapt and excel in any ballgame no matter the situation. I have played in different regions of the country where the weather is normally sunny, hot and hazy like California and Florida.
However, it didn’t affect me or any of my teammates’ gameplay since we’ve experienced this kind of weather during the summertime in places like New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Cold conditions can make a player much more focused on the field. No one wants to stand in the chilly weather during an inning. Therefore, pitchers tend to work faster and focus on hitting their spots so that he can quickly get three outs, getting his team back in the dugout.
Curt Schilling trying to stay warm
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One of the major downsides of the unpredictable northeast weather are that field conditions can easily get ruined. Cold, rainy days are particularly tough to cope with during the months of March and April, when most high schools and Little League programs begin their seasons.
More often than not, colleges in the northeast have to go down south to warmer states in order to have a full of preseason without any interruptions from the weather. During the start of a new season, players want to get comfortable at the plate, in the field and on the mound as soon as possible.
All-Star reliever, Dellin Betances
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In my humble opinion, I feel like players in the northeast region have many advantages that outweigh the disadvantages (if that makes any sense). What I’m trying to say is that the positives are so beneficial that the negatives shouldn’t affect your overall performance on game day.
The nastier the weather, the tougher the players become. The northeast used to produce some of the MLB’s grittiest players. The other regions in America however, have been catching up lately.
Mike Trout and Dellin Betances, both American League All-Stars last season represent the nature of ballplayers from the northeast in today’s game. They’re strong, durable and dependable in any game situation. Embrace the weather my friends!