-The K Zone-
November 3rd 2018
Interview by Mike Duffy
Mike Duffy: What were some of your favorite parts about the Rays Organization?
Jim Haley: Some of my favorite parts about the Rays organization are their willingness to help players reach their full potential.
Mike Duffy: What are some of your favorite memories playing at Penn State?
Jim Haley: Some of my favorite memories playing at Penn State revolve mostly around my teammates, obviously! We had a blast away on and off the field but I think road trips were some of my favorite memories from my Penn State days.
Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?
Jim Haley: All of my life, I had that childhood dream of playing in the Big Leagues. It wasn’t until high school that I realized that I actually had a chance to pursue that dream.
Mike Duffy: What team were you the biggest fan of growing up?
Jim Haley: Phillies, no doubt about it!
Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?
Jim Haley: I grew up a huge Philly sports fan so I idolized Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins growing. I loved the way Chase played (still plays) the game and I always kept that with me throughout my playing career.
Mike Duffy: You are in the midst of a breakout year, what do you attribute this to?
Jim Haley: I made a lot of adjustments to my swing in the offseason so I think that’s the biggest thing that helped me. Being comfortable with my swing played a huge part. Also, I played a lot of positions this year which were new to me but I really embraced it and I think that also helped to spur the year I had.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?
Jim Haley: Wrigley!
Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?
Jim Haley: One thing that I learned from my coaching staff while at Penn State was to always have a routine to help you to “check back in” to the game when you felt you were hitting a rough patch and I still have my routine to this day. Baseball is a tough game but the beauty of it is if you go 0-3 one day, you have a chance to go 3-3 the very next day. It’s all about finding balance and not getting to high or low.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite movie?
Jim Haley: Good Will Hunting.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Tv show?
Jim Haley: I’ve watched just about every Netflix series you can think of! Love The Office though!
Mike Duffy: Who is your favorite Musician and what’s your favorite song?
Jim Haley: I am a huge fan is music so it’s hard for me to pick one song/artist. I listen to all types from country to rap to oldies and anything in between!
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Jim Haley: Anything outdoors and love trying new things. I’m always trying to expand my view and experience as many different things as I can.
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