I've been curious about this for a while and have been wondering how many readers, commentors, and/or writers on Pinstripe Alley have ever played baseball and at what level. I'm not particularly interested specifics such as who, just rather gain a perspective on the background experience my fellow readers, commentors and the staff writers have in baseball.
The poll is broken down by levels from T-Ball to MLB, for the purposes of providing the widest range of options. If you respond, please select the highest level you've played at. Also, after the jump, my personal experiences.
Personally, I played baseball from T-ball up to age 18, but in community or youth leagues. I developed tendonitis in my right elbow and shoulder, which hampered my ability to throw the baseball accurately and strongly. The tendonitis was the result of unsupervised weight training in a high school class run by the track coach.
I played in a community youth league just for the fun of it up until age 18 and nothing after that. Ironically, I wound up going to a small college in NC, Elon College (now Elon University), that had a very good baseball program for the division it was in.
I was a pretty good baseball player for the levels I played at, both when I lived in Brooklyn, NY and in Howard County, MD. I didn't have the competitive drive to learn to be the player needed to play on my high school or the local traveling teams, which would have been needed to get on a college team.
Feel free to share your own experience with the games of baseball or softball.