Learn more about the ‘Dores: Infielder Alex Mooney

Infielder Alex Mooney has been a reliable bat in the Falmouth Commodores’ lineup so far this season, reaching base in each of the club’s five games. The Duke University product is currently logging a .263 batting average with two doubles and a stolen base. He has also started four of the club’s first five games at shortstop this summer. 

Mooney just concluded his freshman season with the Blue Devils, a campaign in which he recorded a .292 batting average with three homers and 30 RBIs. During his high school career with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Mooney gained national recognition by being named a Perfect Game and Under Armour All-American. 

Web reporter Tommy Mumau spoke with Mooney about this season with the Commodores and his interests off the field.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Tommy Mumau: What’s your hometown?

Alex Mooney: I’m from Rochester Hills, Michigan.

TM: Who’s been most influential in helping you get to where you are in your baseball career today?

AM: Definitely my dad. He coached me until I was 12 or 13, and kind of taught me everything that I know.

TM: What has been the highlight of your baseball career?

AM: My sophomore year, I won a state championship in high school with my older brother and then my senior year, I won a state championship with my younger brother. Those two things were pretty special with baseball and family.

TM: What does it mean to you to play in a prestigious league like the Cape Cod Baseball League?

AM: It’s awesome getting to meet these guys and kind of bond with them since a lot of us don’t play together. And just coming out here and playing against the best and showing where you stack up with everybody, I think it’s pretty cool and I’m excited for the rest of the summer.

TM: How would you describe your style of play to someone who might not be as familiar with your game?

AM: As a baseball player, I feel like I’m pretty well-rounded. I don’t really have anything in particular that like is unbelievably sticking out but I also don’t really have a whole lot of flaws in my game. So, I feel like I’m pretty well-rounded and I do everything pretty well. 

TM: If you had to compare yourself to a current or former MLB player, who would it be?

AM: I like to say Francisco Lindor even though he switch hits and I don’t. But, I feel like we’re both pretty similar with the all-around game sort of thing. And he’s not going to hit 50 home runs, but every once in a while he’ll run one out of the park. He’s not going to make errors [and he has a] good arm.

TM: Who’s your favorite MLB team?

AM: The Detroit Tigers.

TM: Who was your favorite player growing up?

AM: [Derek] Jeter, for me, was my favorite player. I wore number two growing up all the time, for Jeter. Nowadays Lindor, Tatis, a bunch of guys. But Jeter was definitely my guy growing up.

TM: What’s your favorite non-baseball team?

AM: [The] Detroit Lions, far and away. I love the Lions. 

TM: What’s your favorite food?

AM: Probably filet mignon steak. … I would say chicken but I eat it too often for it to be like a specialty favorite. 

TM: What’s your favorite movie?

AM: Good Will Hunting.

TM: Favorite TV show?

AM: Far and away, Breaking Bad. I love that show. 

TM: Favorite musical artist?

AM: Kid Cudi.

TM: What are your personal goals on the Cape this summer? 

AM: I’m just kind of trying to do my role and help the team win. And the way I look at it [is] if I do what I can to help our team win, then all my personal stuff is going to work out. So, I’m just doing whatever I can to help us win.

Note: Featured image by Meghan Murphy

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Tommy Mumau can be reached at tmumau@ithaca.edu. Follow him on Twitter @tommymumau13.

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