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He was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round, with the 121st overall selection in the 2005 MLB Draft. Over his 9 year professional career he played parts of 7 years in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox. Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.
He now takes his knowledge playing with the world’s best baseball players into the next phase of his life, teaching and mentoring kids through baseball to maximize their abilities on the field, but more importantly, preparing them for life during and after their careers.
He played alongside some of the greatest players the game has ever seen, all the while achieving his own success at a very high level in the Big Leagues. His impact in clubhouses and his knowledge of the game is well-documented throughout baseball and he now seeks to instill that knowledge into the next generations at BASE by Pros.
In 1990, Jody’s baseball career fell on dark times as he ultimately committed to Western Washington University where he was blind-sided with the realization that no baseball program existed. A club team was offered and Jody joined, however, a freak accident threatened to end Jody’s baseball career forever! A teammate’s foul ball smashed the back window of his ’86 Dodge Charger, leaving him crushed…mentally. Seemingly with the world working against him, he made the decision to step away from the game and pursue some of the other temptations that college life had to offer – a decision that proved…well…actually, not too bad. Jody had a blast in college! He majored in Communications (Broadcast Production) and produced and directed numerous sports programs, including Viking Hoops Weekly and Viking Football Weekly. He closed out his college career with an internship with KING 5 TV’s Almost Live!. He was, however, continually haunted by the demons of what could’ve been with his college baseball career.
Following graduation, a light would shine on his baseball career once more. For the next 15 years, he experienced a resurgence playing in such highly esteemed baseball organizations as the PSSBL, The Seattle NABA, and the City of Redmond Wood Bat League – not to mention various softball leagues along the way.
Shortly after college, Jody crossed paths with a world-class softball pitcher, named Courtney. It was kismet (whatever that means). For years they took the co-ed softball field together in perfect harmony and ultimately settled down together in Mill Creek, WA where they welcomed a couple little dudes into this world. Today they are the stereotypical, annoying sports parents – her in the stands with her cowbell and him on the sidelines, over-inflating stories from his past and relying on outdated philosophies to coach today’s youth. They have fun though, and that’s what matters.
In 2006, Jody brought his marketing skills to the table and opened Elle Marie Hair Studio with his hairstylist sister and their mother. Over the next decade, the salon grew to four locations and is proud to be a multi-year Best of Western Washington winner. Jody doesn’t have a lot of hair however, and longed to put his talents to work on something he was a little more passionate about. In the summer of 2017, he crossed paths with Brent Lillibridge as he was knee-deep opening the BASE by Pros Academy. Jody shared his passion for marketing, digital media production and baseball and a new endeavor was born.
As a proud card-carrying member of the Dad Coach Society, Jody has spent time with the following organizations during his boys’ youth:
- FOOTBALL 2012-14: Silverlake Timberwolves, Coach
- FOOTBALL 2015-16, 18: North Creek Jaguars, Coach
- FOOTBALL 2017: Everett Wildcats, Coach
- FOOTBALL 2017: Heatherwood MS Hawks, Coach
- FOOTBALL 2019-Present: Jackson HS Timberwolves, Rabid Fan
- BASKETBALL 2017-Present: Jackson Wolfpack, Rabid Fan
- BASKETBALL 2019: Junior Wildcats, Rabid Fan
- BASEBALL 2012-2020: Mill Creek Little League, Coach & Board Member
- BASEBALL 2018: Seattle Bombers, Rabid Fan
- BASEBALL 2019-2020: Mill Creek Mavericks, Coach & Rabid Fan
- BASEBALL 2020-Present: Northwest Bandits, Rabid Fan
- BASEBALL 2023-Present: Jackson HS Timberwolves, Rabid Fan
In 2022 Jody’s D1 Baseball offer finally arrived (32 years late) as he was heavily recruited by the University of Washington. He accepted their offer, but ultimately saw very little playing time during the 2022 season. None actually. He did gain valuable experience as the Sports Information Director however, scoring games, writing game stories, and driving social media for the team.