Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Reckless Kelly swings for the fences

The Braun Brothers
The Braun Brothers

In lieu of batting practice, OTR reached out to the Reckless Kelly's Braun brothers for their personal scouting reports for this Sunday's third annual Celebrity Softball Jam. Here's what came back. Doors open at noon. Complete details here.

Sultans of Swing
Coach Reid Ryan; Assistant Brian Hill

Randy Rogers, Red Dirt wrangler
“Die hard Rangers fan and one of the best second basemen in the league. He spends most of his time working out and in the batting cages. He is not the fastest guy on the roster but what an arm!”

Hayes Carll, Lost Highwayman
“This skinny right-hander spent most of his time in the minors as a bench warmer. We had no idea what kind of power the kid had! Ever since he was moved up two years ago, he has been a dynamite first baseman and one heck of a slugger. With 15 home runs already this year, Hayes is defiantly a guy to keep your eyes on.”

Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel
“One of the seasoned vets who knows the game inside and out. Ray is our go to guy, everyone looks up to him, and he is always willing to help the younger players find their groove. A bulldog at the bag and a monster at the plate don't even think about running this guy over!”

Travis Loftland, The Deadliest Catch
“This guy spends his off season working as a deckhand on a crab boat in sub freezing weather for fun. With Popeye like forearms, this kid can throw it a mile and hit it out of the park with ease. Always the prankster and quite the ladies man, Trav is blast to watch on the field.”

Greg Swindell, pitcher
“This 17-year Major Leaguer, one-time All-Star, and World Series champion played three years college at University of Texas. [A] three-time All-American and National Player of the Year in 1985, [he] coached the 2004 Texas State Bobcats and the 2005 National Champion Texas Longhorn baseball team. Greg has been on board since day one and is defiantly our team captain. He is the first to arrive at practice and the last to leave. This wicked right hander is certain to turn things around for the sultans this season. – Cody Braun

One Hit Wonders
Coach Glenn Wilson Sr.; Assistant Muzzie Braun

Glenn Wilson Sr.
“The 2010 Softball Jam MVP, Wilson is a former MLB All Star and a first round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in 1980. He has also played for the Astros, the Pirates, the Phillies, and the Mariners. As an outfielder, Wilson was unmatched; his legendary arm led him to lead the national league in assists in both 1985 and 86, throwing out 18 and 20 runners at second base [respectively]. He is also the first "player-coach" to earn the MVP in RKCSJ history.”

Dale Watson, Austin's man in black
“Clad in black leather motorcycle boots, Watson's most famous moment on the field came when he selflessly dove head first in to first base to beat out a throw from second baseman, Hayes Carll for an infield single in the '09 Jam. This daring act of bravery earned him the coveted MVP trophy and the respect of first basemen throughout the league.”

Andy Langer, KGSR
“Don't let the sport coat fool you. When he isn't interviewing rock stars, Langer is an accomplished softball player. His two-run homer in the first inning of last year's CSJ set the bar for what became an absolute slugfest for the 'One Hit Wonders.' Langer is also an acomplished first baseman with a solid gold glove.”

Micky Braun, Micky & the Motorcars
“The youngest of the four Braun Brothers, shortstop Micky is a five-tool player. Carrying a team best .750 batting average over two CSJ games, Micky also led the squad in fielding percentage (1.000), stolen bases (one), runs (three), and hits(four). Braun, with his natural ability and 'high pockets,' is also available for long relief out of the bullpen if needed.”

George Devore, songwriter
“Widely considered the 'bad boy of softball,' Devore brings his flamboyant on stage attitude to the ballpark. An irreplaceable infielder with a quick step and a head for the game, his zero errors at first base over two games is a stat that is sure to remain unbroken for years to come. His biggest hit came in the fourth inning of the 2010 RKCSJ when he drove in two runs and later scored.” - Willy Braun

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