MKA Alum Max Hermann ‘12 Shares His Journey to Becoming a Professional Baseball Player
With the spring sports season about to begin, the MKA community would like to highlight Cougar baseball legend Max Herrmann '12. During his high school years at MKA, Herrmann played four years of varsity football, basketball, and baseball. As a pitcher, Herrmann recorded an 11-5 record and posted a 1.50 earned run average. As a student, Herrmann’s favorite teacher was "definitely Dr. Houston because he made French class enjoyable each day!"
After graduating high school, Herrmann went on to play Division I college baseball at the University of Rhode Island before redshirting and transferring to Rutgers University in 2014. During his collegiate career, he recorded a 6-4 record while he also registered 15 saves and a 3.94 earned run average.
In July of 2017, Herrmann signed a contract to play baseball for the Los Angeles Angels organization. Since signing, Herrmann has played for several teams at various levels in the organization's farm system such as the Burlington Bees at the A level and the Mobile BayBears at the AA level. For the upcoming season, however, Max has a goal to “play at a higher level...ideally somewhere between High A and Triple A.”
Throughout the first two years of his professional career, Herrmann learned that there are several positive and negative aspects in choosing a career in sports. He states, “There is nothing better than walking onto a baseball field on a beautiful summer night as your ‘job.’ Playing baseball as a profession never gets old and is something I try to remind myself of each day. There are obviously some downsides as well, which include: long bus rides, minimal pay, living with host families and of course seeing friends and family less frequently.”
Although Herrmann graduated from MKA almost eight years ago, his experiences playing for Coach Pacifico continue to have a significant effect on his personality and athletic career. Max describes, "Coach P has been very influential in my career. He always brought the best out of me and believed in me as an athlete. Coach P also helped me become a more mentally tough person/athlete. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for P." In fact, Coach P still has fond memories coaching Herrmann. Pacifico explains, "I really enjoyed coaching him...He had a great sense of humor. He had that really big smile and grin on his face most of the time...and it was enjoyable for me to watch how much success that he actually had."
Herrmann also continues to earn respect from his former high school teammates. MKA varsity pitching coach Mike Sasso '12, who is also one of Max’s best friends, states, "He was great and is still one of my best friends. I still talk to him every single day. He was very humble and never once talked about how good he was at baseball. He was a good kid and was always looking out for you."
When asked what advice he has for young athletes who dream of playing collegiate and professional sports, Hermann said, “I would give any younger athlete the same advice: create realistic goals for yourself and form quality habits and a routine to attain those goals. Be disciplined in your process.”
Good luck to Max Herrmann, as this former Cougar has a lot in store for his professional baseball career!