How baseball helped Alabama football commitment Ty Simpson become a better quarterback
Growing up, Simpson was a baseball player and stood out on the diamond as a potential top recruit.
This week Simpson embarks on his final baseball postseason for the Chargers. Simpson plans to enroll at Alabama next spring. Baseball has played a key role in his development and having the ability to play football in a Power 5 conference.
"They are two totally different sports, two different mentalities," Simpson said. "Football, you have a week to prepare with 11 games in a season, while in the spring you can play 11 games in two weeks.
"But I learned through baseball to have a goldfish mind. And what I mean with a goldfish mind is goldfish have short memory, so it is always next rep, next play or next at-bat. There is also the arm angles and getting the ball out quick."
The Doolin Dodgers is where Simpson played his travel ball before playing at Westview. As a freshman, Simpson was named to the All-West Tennessee baseball first team after hitting .466 with 15 doubles and two triples.
"At this school, we have a lot of guys that play multiple sports," Westview baseball coach Danny Giles said. "When it is baseball time, it is baseball time. When it is football time, it is football time. We have six or seven guys that play three sports."
His sophomore baseball season didn't happen because of COVID-19, but this year he has helped the Chargers win the District 13-AA regular season crown for the second time in his career with a 21-6 record.
"Growing up, I thought I was going to play baseball at Ole Miss, Mississippi State or LSU," Simpson said. "For this to be my final baseball season is surreal. I know I am going to give it my all in the postseason."
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Simpson is versatile on the field. He plays catcher, third base, shortstop, left field and center field, and that is for a good reason according to Giles.
"Whoever we have pitching that game, that is where Ty is playing," Giles said. "He can play almost anywhere on the field."
So playing two sports has had a great impact on Simpson and his development as an athlete.
"People ask me how I balance two sports, and I am not going to lie, it is hard," Simpson said. "After a game, I go get a workout and do football drops. But you only get to play once, and the guys on this team have been my best friends since I have been in Martin.
"I encourage others to play multiple sports because these are memories I will never forget."
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