Interrogation Room: Brock Kjeldgaard

Brock Kjeldgaard takes a swing at Time Warner Cable Field in 2009. (Wm. Glasheen)

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | January 14, 2010 7:45 AM ET

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Brock Kjeldgaard is the next subject to step into The Interrogation Room.  Kjeldgaard, a converted pitcher, led the Timber Rattlers in home runs with 20 last year.  The Canadian slugger is asked about the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver , the showing of Canada 's national baseball team in the 2009 World Cup, his off-season so far, and for any advice he would give to members of the 2010 Timber Rattlers team.

Q.  What have you been doing since the 2009 season ended?

A. Since the 2009 season ended I have been keeping busy.  For the first few weeks I basically did nothing, giving my mind and body a much needed rest.  Then, the start of October came around and my off-season workout schedule began.  Since then, I have been working out hard 6 days a week.  For the past few weeks, I have also been hitting, throwing, fielding, just doing everything baseball oriented.  As well, I have been helping teach baseball camps at an indoor facility in London and helping my parents move and fix up the house.  Oh and I still find time to play some NHL 2010 for Xbox.

Q.  What part of your game are you working on the most?

A. What I am working on most right now is my swing.  I felt last year I became a much better hitter in the last month or so of the season, so I am working on things that I was trying during that time.  I have also been working on learning to play the outfield.  It's probably the toughest thing for me to work on here as everything I am doing is indoors and there is no chance of getting outside since the ground is covered with a few feet of snow.  Luckily, I have the pleasure of working with another Brewer player, Adam Stern, who is a strong defender in the outfield.

Q. You played over 50 games in the outfield due to some of the injuries to other players on the team.  Is this extra work in the outfield during this off-season something that you were asked to do or is it something that you have taken upon yourself to do?

A. Last season I had the opportunity to play both left and right field during the season.  I enjoyed being in the outfield and felt more comfortable every game.  There were some bumps along the way, but I felt I improved just by playing there on a regular basis.  That being said, I have a lot of work ahead of me to become a quality outfielder.  I was told to be ready to play both first base and outfield.  I am also working on building up my arm strength more this off-season as it is very important in the outfield.  I was very happy to get time in the outfield as I know this only makes me a better baseball player, and can only help my career.

Q. When do you report for Spring Training in Arizona ?

A. I am not exactly sure what my report date for Spring Training is yet.  I will head down sometime near the end of February to get outside.  I believe minor league Spring Training starts sometime in the second week of March

Q. Canada won a bronze medal at the World Cup of Baseball this past September.  Did you follow the tournament? Did you get in touch with anyone that you know on the team?

A. Of course I followed the tournament.  It was great to see a bunch of guys I have played with have success in such a big tournament.  Unfortunately, not many people around here knew about that success because there was little to no media coverage of it.  I know Jim Henderson closed out the final game, and was pretty pumped about it.  Also, two of the guys I work out with here, Adam Stern and Chris Robinson, were on the team and said it was one of the most exciting experiences of their baseball careers. 

Q. Speaking of medals, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver start up in a few weeks.  Can Canada recapture the Men's Hockey Gold Medal after missing out on a medal completely in 2006 at Turin ?

A. I am hoping the Canadian hockey team can recapture the gold.  In this country though, the people demand gold in hockey and anything less is considered a failure.  We have a pretty solid line up from top to bottom.   But there are also other teams who have put together some impressive rosters like the Swedes, Americans, and Russians.  But you can be sure come February I will be cheering on the home team.

Q. Last year, you became just the third Timber Rattlers player to hit 20 or more home runs in a season.  Do you consider Time Warner Cable Field a park for pitchers?

A. I have mixed feelings about whether Time Warner Cable Field is a hitter's park or pitcher's park.  What I can say for sure is that it is one of the windiest parks day to day that I have ever played at.  To me, it felt like the wind would blow in on more days than it would blow out, but I am sure if you asked a pitcher he would say the opposite.

Q. What advice -- if any -- will you pass along to hitters who will be with the Timber Rattlers for 2010?

A. I don't have much advice to pass on to hitters, other than to be ready for the cold weather for about a month at the start of the season (and try not to miss the barrel in that month or it will sting!).  I would also tell them to enjoy the time in Appleton , because the park is great, the fans are great, the staff is great, and the town is a lot of fun.  That's something you do not always get in minor league baseball.


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