Q & A with Josh Satin
May 7, 2008
Berkeley, Calif. - Second baseman Josh Satin is having spectacular senior season for the No.16-ranked California baseball team (30-15-2 overall, 9-9 in the Pac-10).The standout infielder from Calabasas, Calif. is among the Pac-10 leadersin nearly every offensive category, batting .400 with nine doubles, 16 home runs and 49 RBI, including hitting a three-run homer Tuesday in the Golden Bears' 13-4 win over UC Davis. Earlier this season, he established a new school record with a 27-game hitting streak, hitting safely in the last five games of last season and the first 22 games of 2008. Satin and the Cal squad will next travel to No. 6-ranked Stanford for a three-game Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond. Calbears.com talked with Satin about his stellar 2008 campaign.
Calbears.com: What will be the keys to a successful series at Stanford?
Satin: The keys to a successful series at Stanford this weekend will be pitching and defense. It seems as though our offense has been pretty consistent this season but when we have struggled to win games our pitching and defense has escaped us. Stanford will capitalize on any defensive miscues that we will have so it is important that we are sharp on defense.
Calbears.com: What has led Cal to having one of the best seasons in its history?
Satin: I think the main reason for our success this season has been constant production from multiple players on our team and an overall sense that as long as we play within ourselves we can compete with anyone in the country. In past seasons we have had great production from individuals on the team but never this much production from the lineup (top to bottom) as a whole. For example, our seventh hitter, Blake Smith, has nine home runs this season which is in the Top 10 in the conference. That goes along with some elite pitchers in Tyson (Ross), (Matt) Gorgen, and (Kevin) Miller. We have had some great years from a lot of different players. This has given us the confidence to compete with the nation's best.
Calbears.com: What has been the key to your outstanding season?
Satin: The key to my season has been the work I put in during the off-season. I made a point to change the way I train and tried and strengthen my body to allow me to grind through the long season. I also worked hard to revamp my swing so that I could find a consistent stroke that I am comfortable with and that works. With the added strength and an improved swing, I prepared myself for the tough pitching we will face throughout the season.
Calbears.com Did you know about your school-record hitting streak? And how do you feel about them?
Satin: I didn't know about the streak until it was at about 18-20 games into it and then it was hard to avoid because it was constantly written about after each game. Once I found out, it was easier than I would have expected to ignore it and just play. Anytime you can gain a school record it is a huge honor and I am proud to have attained it.
Calbears.com: What successes do you see for the year's team?
Satin: I see this year's team having success far greater than what we do at the end of the season. I am hoping that with our postseason berth it can start a new era for Cal baseball in which this kind of season is more of regularity. As for this team, I think we have the capabilities to make it to Omaha and the College World Series, but it is going to take a great team effort. I am excited to see what happens, though, and can't wait to try and accomplish our goals.
What do you consider to be a few of your career highlights?
Satin I am hoping that a few months from now I have some postseason highlights, but if I had to use previous games I would say a walk-off single I got against UC Irvine in my second career start my freshman year. Also, the hits I got against UC Davis and Rhode Island last season, in back-to-back games in the ninth inning, to win those games.
Calbears.com: What is some of the adversity you have faced?
Satin: I have faced a ton of adversity. First of all, the first practice of my true freshman year I dislocated my shoulder and couldn't play for the whole season. Also my sophomore year was a huge disappointment. I came back after being a Freshman All-American and had a terrible season in which I couldn't do anything offensively. Lastly was last season when I didn't produce like I had hoped and then didn't get drafted when I thought I would.
Calbears.com:Which of your teammates has influenced you the most, either on or off the field?
Satin: I have been influenced by many teammates both past and present. In the past guys like Brennan Boesch and Chris Errecart showed me how to overcome some adversity and come out of it a better player and person. On our current team, David Cooper has helped me a ton offensively without even knowing it. I take a lot from his game and try and use it to help my swing and my approach at the plate. Also guys like Brett Thomas and Mike Capbarat have showed me how to be a great teammate and benefit the team in many different ways, not just on the field.