WORTHINGTON -- There isn’t a baseball coach alive who wouldn’t want a Ben Rogers on his team. A whole team of them, in fact.
The recent Worthington High School graduate and American Legion player has a lot of things going for him as a player. He’s very dedicated. He’s a hard worker. He rarely, if ever, makes a mental mistake. And he’s versatile, able to play several positions.
One thing he’s not, however, is physically imposing. In short, he’s always been a little on the small side.
So what, says his Legion coach Tim Gaul.
“He’s my go-to guy,” Gaul said during the 2019 summer season. “He comes to every game and gives it 100 percent from start to finish. He truly loves the game. Just all the way around, he’s a kid who you really appreciate coaching because he really loves baseball.”
Though the Good Lord hasn’t blessed Ben with rippling muscles or huge thighs, He has otherwise blessed him with good genes. Rogers comes from a baseball family of Rogers, and he comfortably fits on the family tree. He’s a good pitcher, able to throw consistent strikes. He’s a “steady” hitter and an excellent bunter, in Gaul’s words. A student of the game.
Ben Rogers will basically play baseball anywhere and every chance he gets. He has enjoyed being a member of the Hadley Buttermakers amateur team this summer, where he joins common cause with his older cousin, former WHS grad Blake Rogers.
The Globe talked to Ben recently for The Drill. You can see the video online at www.dglobe.com. Here is a sampling of the interview:
QUESTION: Where did you begin developing your love of baseball? What attracted you to the sport?
ANSWER: “Baseball has been a huge part of my life. If you’re from around here, you probably know that the Rogers play baseball. Since I was a little kid, I’ve had a glove in my hand, a baseball bat and a baseball -- playing in the backyard, going to watch my cousins play all the time, being bat boy for Minnesota West when my dad coached out there. From the beginning I’ve been in love with it, and I really can’t get enough of it.”
QUESTION: You’ve been described as a focused, versatile ballplayer who always gives it his all. Fair enough?
ANSWER: “I don’t think anybody has ever practiced fundamentals more than me, on my team at least. … That’s what makes me able to make up for my size -- just my want and will to play.”
QUESTION: Who is the person who inspires you in sports?
ANSWER: “Who inspires me the most? I’ve got a couple people in my life. My dad, but I’d like to say my cousin Blake. He was a standout baseball player here, and went and played at Morningside after high school. He always made me want to be better and maybe play at the collegiate level someday.”