Mitch Moreland: Old School as They Come
ARLINGTON, TX — Mitch Moreland admits he’s no fan of social media, and for anyone who’s ever met the Texas Rangers first baseman that makes sense. That’s because Moreland, 29, who is hitting .286 with 18 HR and 67 RBI through 103 games in 2015, is about as old school as they come.
“Yeah, I guess the more simple I can keep it, I guess the better off. That’s just kind of the way I’ve always looked at it, kind of the way I was brought up,” Moreland said. “Just trying to take care of the stuff I can control and not be in anybody else’s business because in the end, that really doesn’t matter a whole lot.”
In a clubhouse where about half the players are active on social media, Moreland is not. And even though he isn’t, he sees benefits for those who are.
“Yeah, I think some of it’s good, maybe as far as catching up with old friends or maybe seeing some pictures or something like that, but I don’t really know if I can say it’s a good thing or a bad thing,” Moreland said. “To each their own, just not a big fan of it.”
This season marks his sixth as a Ranger and it also happens to mark the end of his current contract. Moreland hit .286 in the first half and so far is batting .285 since the All-Star break, solid numbers for a guy who has battled his share of injuries over the past few seasons. His 67 RBIs is a new career high and Mitch needs just five more home runs to equal his career-high of 23 set in 2013. Moreland could also be poised to equal or surpass his career high of 60 runs scored, a mark which he first established in 2011 and again in 2013.
So, why does he think he’s been so productive in 2015? Well, being healthy for most of the season has definitely helped.
“Just being comfortable, coming in every day and just having fun, being able to accept that you’re going to have those ups and downs and just continuing to go out and battle each and every day, try to take it one at bat at a time,” Moreland said. “Just have fun playing the game’s been the biggest thing.”
Never a guy who does a lot of talking about what he can do on the diamond, Mitch has always let what he does between the lines speak for itself, another way in which he epitomizes being old school. But the humble Mississippi native does admit it’s cool to see some Ranger fans wearing his No. 18 jersey at games and fan events.
“I see a few here and there. It’s always cool to see that and realize that yeah, there’s people out there pulling for you and you got a lot of support,” Moreland said. “It makes you want to go out every day and play that much harder. It makes it fun.”