Playing baseball for the Shorebirds is the beginning of a professional baseball career. The goal, getting to the majors with the Orioles. Jonathan Schoop is one Shorebird alumni who worked his way up the minor league ladder and is now an established player on a Oriole team attempting to win the American League East.
Pencek: Is there anything about your time with the Shorebirds that stands out?
Schoop: That was my first full season. That is where I met Manny (Machado). That is where I met (Mychal) Givens. That is where I learned how to play baseball and play to win.
Pencek: How much did mean reaching the majors with those two players?
Schoop: It was helpful in my development. Now we are here and it helped with the understanding that it is still baseball, we are just playing it at a higher level.
Pencek: The Shorebirds are located in a popular vacation area. Where you able to take advantage of any of that while playing here?
Schoop: I checked out Ocean City once or twice during the off-season and I liked it.
Pencek: What was it like playing for Ryan Minor?
Schoop: Ryan taught me a lot about pro baseball. He has been around there a number of years. He’s a big deal.
Pencek: How do view the season your having?
Schoop: I just want to get better every year and try to improve every day. I just want to a better player for myself, my teammates and help us win as many games as we can.