Roskos relates how arduous work and willpower took him to the massive leagues
Still teaching 30 years after he noticed Cibola High School catcher Johnny Roskos play baseball, Rio Rancho High School baseball coach Ron Murphy instructed his gamers one current late-winter afternoon he’s by no means seen anybody hit the ball father.
A two-time Player of the Year, based on the freelancertamal Journal throughout his days with the Cougars – he grew up in Rio Rancho however this was a number of years earlier than Rio Rancho High School opened – he was inducted into the Cibola Hall Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Roskos, a Rio Rancho Police officer for practically twenty years, talked a bit about his skilled baseball profession, how arduous it was to get to the majors – albeit for 37 video games – and what he did to get there.
Initially dedicated to play at Louisiana State University, Roskos grew to become the second-round decide, and 69th participant drafted in 1993, by the fledgling Florida Marlins. Interestingly, one other child simply out of highschool, Alex Rodriguez, was the general No. 1 decide, and just one catcher, Jason Varitek, was drafted earlier than Roskos. Roskos was a teammate of A-Rod on the 1992 USA Junior National crew; Detroit Tigers supervisor AJ Hinch was that crew’s different catcher.
Also drafted that yr by the Marlins had been two different youngsters from New Mexico, Alamogordo High’s Billy McMillon and Eldorado High pitcher Greg Mix; Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts and Red Sox skipper Alex Cora had been additionally drafted then – a lot after Roskos. (The ’93 draft lasted 91 rounds, and 1,716 gamers had been chosen.)
Unimpressed with the Marlins’ signing supply, Roskos mentioned he took his time to have the Marlins sweeten the deal – “The Marlins had been being a bit low-cost,” he mentioned — and signed with them two days earlier than he was attributable to report back to LSU, the 1992 NCAA champ.
Roskos, 48, detailed the gradual climb: Rookie ball in 1993; low-A ball in 1994; Class A in 1995; double-A in 1996-97; triple-A in 1998, plus his 10-game MLB debut with the Marlins; one other “cup of espresso” (13 video games) with the Marlins in 1999; and triple-A expertise with Pacific Coast League groups in Calgary, Las Vegas, Portland and Iowa – and 14 of video games with the San Diego Padres in 2000. (Roskos’s 2000 season with Las Vegas was shortened when he was beaned by a 93 mph fastball from Tacoma’s Ryan Franklin.)
He retired in 2001, though in spring coaching that yr, Padres supervisor Bruce Bochy instructed the Observer, “Things are going to work out for John as a result of he can hit.” (Geez, if solely the National League had a designated-hitter in 2001!)
Roskos lauded Murphy, a longtime pal and somebody who he finds arduous to refuse when it comes time to talk to his gamers.
“I do know (Murphy) could be an annoyance,” Roskos instructed the gamers of their locker room. “He’s an annoyance as a result of he cares. … There’s not a greater coach, not a greater advanced within the state.
“You guys acquired one thing that’s actually, actually particular.”
Reviewing what makes a “five-tool participant,” nearly all the time fascinating in big-league baseball, Roskos mentioned he had two of the 5: He may hit for common and he may hit for energy.
It took him some time to indicate that; he scrawled some numbers from his first professional months, a .175 batting common and one house run. That was a bit under what he’d achieved as a Cibola senior, particularly hit 684 and hammer 15 homers.
“Do you realize what a psychological thoughts screw that’s?
It was time for “a actuality test – massive time,” Roskos mentioned. “What drove me was embarrassment.”
He ultimately labored arduous, remained decided to make it to “The Show,” and stored exhibiting enchancment.
And working arduous is what Murphy expects from his gamers – and a commodity that comes from inside.
Roskos offered the stats for baseball, particularly what proportion of prep gamers get to varsity, and what number of of them make it to skilled baseball – and a minute quantity of these get to the majors.
Although most likely nobody there realized this, there are solely 30 males born in New Mexico who performed within the main leagues; Roskos was bornin in Victorville, Calif., so he doesn’t depend.
A handful of them from New Mexico excessive faculties are nonetheless on big-league rosters right this moment: Mitch Garver (La Cueva), Kenny Giles (Rio Grande), Alex Bregman (freelancertamal Academy) and Trevor Rogers (Carlsbad).
Those aren’t nice odds, however it received’t damage to work arduous and see how far your dream and all that sweat take you.