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PostPosted: May 20 09, 10:41 am 
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Brett Wallace, recently promoted 3rd baseman for your AAA Memphis Redbirds, has graciously agreed to answer questions from GRB members. If you would like to ask him a question, feel free to post them here. The deadline for submitting questions is Monday, May 25th. Once Brett has had an opportunity to answer, the responses will be posted in the Interview forum.

This session will be coordinated in accordance with our Q & A Guidelines.

Bio (Gathered from MemphisRedbirds.com):
Full Name: Brett Alexander Wallace
Born: 08/26/1986
Birthplace: Marin, CA
College: Arizona State
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Bats: L
Throws: R

Brett was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the June 2008 Players Draft.

Highlights:
Hit .327 with five homers, 28 runs scored and 25 RBIs in 41 games with Class A Quad Cities of the Midwest League ... hit his first professional homer on July 5 ... went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored on July 26 ... had a 10-game hitting streak from July 28-Aug. 6 ... hit .370 against left-handed pitchers ... finished the season batting .367 with three homers, 13 runs scored and 11 RBIs in 13 games with Double-A Springfield of the Texas League ... went 3-for-4 with a homer, a season-high four RBIs and three runs scored on Aug. 23 ... cranked two solo homers on Aug. 24 ... hit .309 with six homers, 24 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 24 games in with the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League ... went 4-for-5 with a homer and a career-high six RBIs on Nov. 3.

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Thank you to Brett Wallace for answering our questions, Kyle Parkinson - Director of Communications with the Memphis Redbirds for coordinating the interview, and GRB members for making GRB such a great place to discuss Cardinals baseball!


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Wooo!! Thats amazing!

Thanks for taking our questions, Brett. How do you rate yourself defensively as a 3rd baseman?

Did you like the oscar winning song "Jai Ho" composed by AR Rahman?


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Brett, as a huge Cards fan, resident of Phoenix and part-time student at ASU, I want to know what your favorite leisure activities down here in Arizona would be. I'm talking night spots, recreational activities, etc. Where does Brett Wallace go to have a good time in the greater Phoenix/Tempe metro area?

Also, what sports or teams outside of baseball are you into?


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Thanks for taking our questions, Brett.

What has been the biggest difference that you've noticed between AA pitching and AAA pitching?

Now that you're in Memphis, where do you fall in the BBQ debate- are you a dry rub fan, or do you prefer the wet BBQ?


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PostPosted: May 20 09, 11:11 am 
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Thanks for taking time to answer our questions, Brett.

Seeing how quickly you have moved through the farm system, how do you feel you are adjusting as you move up? Do you notice any differences when you approach the plate or field your position? Is there anything you are working on more now that you are at AAA then you did at AA/A?

Also, moving up so quickly means you don't get a lot of time to spend with your teammates, but have you made any close friends on any of the teams that you still keep in touch with? How is it adjusting to a new clubhouse every few months?

Keep up the stellar hitting, and I hope to see you soon in St. Louis!

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TFG


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Congrats on the promotion, Brett. We fans are excited to see you in St. Louis soon.

When did you realize that you preferred to hit left handed by throw right handed? Are there things you can only do right handed or left handed, like brush your teeth?


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PostPosted: May 20 09, 12:36 pm 
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Brett, congrats on your rapid ascension through the Cardinals system. Were you prepared for or surprised by your early promotion to AAA this year? What have you been told to work on to insure a promotion to the majors? Which pitcher did you least like to face so far in your professional career (had the best stuff)?


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Great of you to take time out of your busy schedule to chat with us, Brett!

Talk about the conversion from metal to wooden bats - was that a difficult process for you?

What's on your iPod?


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Thank you for making time to answer our questions, Brett.

Who would you say is your biggest influence(s), both personally and in the game of baseball?

Is there at particular thing, defensively or at the plate, that you feel like you could maybe improve upon at Triple A?


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By moving so quickly through the system you haven't had a chance to be with one set of managers or coaches for an extended period of time. Does this make it more difficult as different coaches may be instructing you (either fielding or hitting) a certain way, and then when you get the hang of that you have another coach telling you something else?

Also when it comes to fielding, do you learn more/get a feel more during gameplay or through practice?

Thanks for taking your time and answering these.


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