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January 3, 2013

Cooperstown graduate making it on the diamond

Phil Pohl shares his ups and downs along the way


“There were some kids I played against that were 15- and 16-years-old that were college-ready and I was way behind. The first time I saw that is when I said there is no way I cannot take football season off if I want to go on and play baseball. It drove me to come into the gym in the winter and work on my skills and push myself to be better. I knew my competitions outside of Cooperstown and outside of New York was extremely good and that they were working just as hard if not harder.” 

The Cooperstown graduate’s goals kept growing — first it was to be a “more than average” high school player, then it was to play division one baseball, then to play in the Cape Cod league and then getting a shot to play professionally. 

“Being able to get to do all these things is not only a reflection on what I’ve done, but is a reflection on what everybody else has done to help me get there,” Pohl said.

“I feel like it is not just my victory, it is everybody’s victory,” he continued. 

He credits many people hometown for helping him get to where he is today.

“Right now, in this town and in this school, there are tons of people who are willing to help you in whatever it is you want to do,” Pohl said. 

He advised the students to use their resources and not to be so excited to get away from the small-town life. 

“It is a great place to start and a great place to grow up,” he said. “Don’t take things for granted and show respect where it is given and work hard. There are a couple of things you can control — you can control your attitude and how hard you work.”

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