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Who’s who in PBI: Sit down interview with JB Tucker

BY Mark Cardillo

PBI: What is your baseball
background in America?

JB: I went to Mississippi State
University right after High
School. After two seasons there,
I transferred to Wake
Forest. After a successful senior
season, I was signed by the
Seattle Mariners. I played for the
Mariners from 2005 to 2007
reaching the Hi A California
League. After getting released, I
signed with an Independent
league team. Not having much
knowledge of Independent
Leagues, I ended up on a “road”
team, which I later found out
was a team that played on the
road the whole season. That was
very interesting. After that
season I was traded to a new
team in Grand Prairie Texas
where I played for two
seasons. After being an All Star
for two seasons in that league
and not getting signed, I figured
it was time to change paths, and
I signed with a team in
Switzerland.

PBI: What is your baseball
background internationally?

JB: My wife and I really enjoy
traveling, and we decided that
Switzerland was our best option
internationally. I played last
season in Switzerland and
enjoyed every minute of it. Yes,
there is A LOT to adjust to. But,
I went into it with an open mind,
and had a great
experience. After playing
Europe for a season, I signed down in

Panama. This is the first year
that they are having a
professional league, and it is
very competitive. Next season,
I’m going back to Switzerland
because it was such a great
experience.

PBI: What has the overall
experience been like?

JB: The overall experience has
been unbelievable. I would not
trade it for anything in the
world. My wife and I have been
able to do things that most
people would take a lifetime to
do. Not only has the baseball
been great, but the friends we
have made and the things we
have done and seen are
incredible.

PBI: What is the baseball like
overseas?

JB: Baseball overseas is quite
different. In Switzerland, the
guys on the team play for the
passion of baseball. It is similar
to college baseball where guys
live and die for each at bat. It
was revitalizing to see such
passion for baseball again. Also,
off the field, the baseball team is
like a family. They really looked
after my wife and me, to make
sure everything was perfect and
that our experience was
everything we had hoped it
would be.

Panama is completely
different. Baseball is the national
sport here. Most of the games
are nationally televised and
there are huge baseball
stadiums. Each team represents a
region, and that region really
supports their team. The
baseball down here is very good
though.

PBI: What other countries are
you interested in playing in?

JB: I would really love to play in
Italy, Spain, or the
Netherlands. While traveling
around Europe last year with my
wife, these are a few of the
countries, outside of
Switzerland, that we really
loved. Plus, the baseball level,
by European standards, is higher
in these countries.

PBI: Do you have foreign
citizenship? If so how did
you get it?

JB: No, but if I had an
opportunity to I would. With
roster limitations set on
foreigners it makes it tough on
pure Americans.

PBI: What is your favorite
thing about playing overseas
most people don’t know
about?

JB: My favorite thing is being
able to see the different
cultures first hand. In
Switzerland we had the true
fondue for dinner and the
best chocolates for dessert. I
had a Frenchman show me
all of the best wines and
cheeses from his region, then
swam off of the Almafi coast
on my 2 week holiday. I met
a former president of
Panama, at his request, to
tell me that he would rather
watch his team, los
Santos, than any other major
league team. All of this
because I took advantage of
playing baseball.

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