Douglas Hodo III has been a regular in the Commodores’ lineup from the time he debuted with the club on July 11. The outfielder has logged six hits, eight walks and a pair of RBIs through his first 10 games in Falmouth. The Texas Longhorn has also displayed his versatility, spending time at each of the outfield positions.
Hodo grew up in Boerne, Texas, where he attended Boerne High School. The outfielder posted an outstanding high school career, in which he stole 106 bases. This impressive total etched the outfielder’s name in the record books, as he stole the second most bags in Texas high school baseball history.
These impressive credentials earned the speedster a spot on the baseball team at the University of Texas at Austin. Hodo said that he decided to continue his career at the university because of the opportunity to improve his abilities and follow in his father’s footsteps.
“I wanted to stay close to home,” Hodo said. “And there’s a bunch of different factors, my dad played at UT, just the tradition they have and I want to win.”
The outfielder has gotten off to a solid start in his collegiate career, making an impact in the Longhorns’ lineup during his first two seasons with the club. Hodo was outstanding during his redshirt freshman season, recording a .281 batting average with five homers and 44 RBIs. He also swiped six bases, while posting a .384 on-base percentage.
This impressive campaign helped provide the right-handed slugger with an opportunity to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, this summer. Hodo said that he is grateful for the chance to compete against the top talent in the country, in front of professional scouts.
“There’s been a lot of great Major League Baseball players that have come through here,” Hodo said. “The exposure out here, just getting to play with great teammates, meeting people from all over the country has been awesome. I’m very blessed and thankful to be here.”
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Tommy Mumau: What’s your hometown?
Douglas Hodo: I was born in Houston, Texas and I moved to Boerne, Texas.
TM: Do you have a nickname?
DH: Doug, Dougie Fresh.
TM: Who’s been most influential in helping you get to where you are today?
DH: I would say my little brother, we grew up together playing every sport together, he played up with me…He’s been great in the whole process. He actually had a medically retire from sports, so that kind of inspired me to do it for both of us because he had a dream of playing college ball too. So I’d say he’s probably the most influential.
TM: What would you say the highlight of your baseball career has been up to this point?
DH: I would say the last season I had with UT, we made a good run. Unfortunately, we didn’t win at all, but being with that group of guys, that special group has been life-changing and it’s something I’ll never forget. I would just say the season as a whole has been the most special part of my career.
TM: How would you describe your style of play to those that might not be as familiar with you?
DH: I’m a versatile outfielder that can lay down a bunt but also hit a home run.
TM: If you had to compare yourself to a Major League Baseball player, who would it be?
DH: I really liked Drew Stubbs, he went to Texas too. Obviously, he’s a very good player, I’m not saying I’m better than him or anything, but I’d like to model my game now for him specifically.
TM: Do you have a favorite Major League Baseball team?
DH: I like the Astros, I was from Houston.
TM: Who’s your favorite player?
DH: Mookie Betts.
TM: What is your favorite sport that isn’t baseball?
TM: Do you have a favorite team?
DH: I’d have to say Bayern Munich.
TM: How about your favorite food?
DH: Anything from Chick-Fil-A.
TM: How about your favorite movie?
DH: The Sandlot.
TM: What’s your favorite TV show?
DH: I like Survivor.
TM: How about your favorite musical artist?
TM: What are your goals for this summer on the Cape?
DH: I mean just getting better every day really, I don’t have any specific goals I just want to win with this team and get better and meet new people.
Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Featured image by Mark Kasprzyk.
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