Advice from a former Big Leaguer – Greg Litton
Jon Gregory Litton is a former infielder-outfielder in Major League Baseball drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1984 amateur draft. He played for the San Francisco Giants (1989-1992), Seattle Mariners (1993), and Boston Red Sox (1994).
Litton was a versatile utility man. The positions he played most often were second base, the outfield, and third base. He also played shortstop, first base, and catcher, and even made one appearance as a pitcher. His personal high for playing time was during the 1990 season, when he was in 93 games and made 220 plate appearances.
1. What was it like playing in the big leagues?
It was a dream come true. It was literally like living out a dream. It was fun, challenging, frustrating and exciting all at the same time.
2. What was it like playing in the minors?
Confusing would be a good word. Every level creates it’s own challenges and they were very different. From dealing with more talented team-mates and opponents to the mental challenges that grew the closer I got to the Major Leagues. Which I think was the toughest, but it was also a blast.
3.What were some major obstacles that you experienced during the course of your
Dealing with a different team attitude at every level was probably one of the hardest things. Playing as a team made it easier but the higher you go, the less team it becomes and selfish players trying to get themselves to the big leagues.
4.What do you think separates average players from great players more? Physical ability or Mental / Emotional ability.
With out a doubt it is Mental ability and toughness. Only a handful of players had enough ability to overcome the mental aspect of baseball, all the rest there was not enough difference in talent so it became the one that wanted it the most or worked the hardest.
5.Do you think there is a limit to a baseball players potential?
Maybe, but the longer you play, the better you get so I don’t believe anybody ever reaches his limit.
6. What was the greatest lessons you learned playing baseball, and think every
player should understand?
That baseball is the greatest sport because it allows someone like me (moderately talented) to compete at the highest level against much more physically talented players because baseball is much more mental then the other sports.