Frady Pleased with German Effort at Euros

BRNO, Czech Republic – Extra Innings’ reporter Gabriel Fidler talked with German head coach Greg Frady after his club’s 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic. The decision left Germany 4-4 in the 2014 European Championships and in fifth place.

Extra Innings: You had trouble getting the bats going in this tournament, but you finished on a high note with 13 hits.

Greg Frady: The bats were a challenge. It’s a young team with lots of nerves, all trying to prove themselves. In that situation, you get guys trying too hard and are a bit over eager. The pitching, though, was the best it’s ever been. We have a really good group of pitchers and, considering how young our hitters are, we couldn’t have played a whole lot better.

EI: Had a few balls gone differently, you might be in a different position tonight.

GF: One play can dictate positions in the European Championship. Aside from the eighth inning against Spain and the walkoff with France, we played really well.

EI: So what’s next for German baseball?

GF: I feel like we took a step forward professionally, athletically, and competitively [in this tournament]. I think it’s no secret that several teams put their best guys against us. That’s a positive thing for us and it makes us better as we have to make improvements [against them]. We’re missing a lot of good young hitters: Donald Lutz, Max Kepler, Kai Gronauer, Julsen Kamara, and Sascha Lutz, among others. We’re missing five top players, but the team really pulled together to replace them. We have a group of strong, young pitchers, but we’ve got to develop more position players. I feel really pleased to finish fifth in this tournament and feel positive about the guys we had here and what they accomplished.

EI: Thanks, coach.

GF: Happy to chat.

About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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