Pursuit or Pursuing?

It’s been a while, folks. I thank you for keeping this blog in your thoughts, for checking it out again, and for continually supporting me. The reason for my latest delay is because I have started college. I am able to take classes from a state university online, and I figured the best time was now to start. As many of you know, I was drafted in 2004 out of high school and never stepped foot on a college campus. Four years seems daunting, but chipping away at it seems to be the most logical choice. 

That being said, I’m getting older. 27 years old. In minor league free agent years that’s “look for a retirement home” old. That’s “life alert” old. That’s “eat dinner at 4:30” old. Here’s the difference: I won’t give up. I’ve been through a lot in my 9+ year professional career, and I don’t plan to stop now. On Twitter, I get asked daily why I don’t just give it up. The answer is simple. I love what I do. 

There comes a time when everyone in baseball goes from being pursued by teams to in pursuit of teams. My status has shifted. I’m okay with that. The route I must take nowadays is to e-mail GM’s, throw for scouts, prove my health, and make a lasting impression. The road is up hill for sure, but I’m prepared. We must thrive on adversity. We must never let it tear us apart. We must use adversity to make us stronger, teach us lessons, and we must allow it to provide us with the fuel necessary to continue. 

I may not be the most talented pitcher left in the free agent market. I may not have the fame, notoriety, or MLB service time that others have. I’m certainly not a household name. What I do have, however, is heart, grit, determination, and an unwavering faith in God. I’m excited for each opportunity that I’m given, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. I have an amazing wife, a great family, and many friends and supporters that believe in me.

As I move forward in this free agency journey, I know that the road is long, windy, and sometimes bumpy. I know that I may not end up where I think I should be, but I know that I’ll end up where I’m meant to be. Your support via social media has been incredible, and I can’t thank you enough. Never give up. You’re more than likely much closer to success than you think. Until next time…


Michael Schlact


  1. Karen

    Don’t give up on your dream! Love following your positive attitude on twitter. I hope 2013 brings you a free agent signing. Would love to see you as a Reds player or somewhere in the NL!

  2. Cyn

    Wow! Your post is such a blessing to this baseball fan! It is so refreshing to read about true love for the game. Just know I am hoping to see you in a Braves Jersey. But know that if not… I will still be rooting for you. GOD BLESS!

  3. Dawn

    I wish you all the best in baseball, college & your family!!! What an amazing journey you have been on & love to read about the love of the game!!! Enjoyed watching you in the Atlantic League and thru your other teams!!! Hope 2013 brings you a great year as well. Take care & God Bless

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