Falcon baseball’s Chris Taylor turns LA Dodger

Falcon baseball takes pride in a their “legacy” program. One of the most visible representations of this legacy would be alumnus and now professional baseball player Chris Taylor, the L.A. Dodgers outfielder who helped lead his team to the World Series two years in a row.  

Taylor graduated in 2008, going on to play baseball at the University of Virginia.  He then made his debut into Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2012 as a fifth-round draft pick.  He comes back to visit his old stomping grounds when he has the chance and often takes time to visit his high school baseball field, otherwise known as Tilley Field.

Q: What is your greatest memory of playing in the falcon baseball program?

A: “There are a lot of great memories here at Cox; I built a lot of relationships on this team.  My favorite baseball memory is when we won the regional tournament my senior year. We had a lot of big games that season, we ended up beating Menchville High School, who were eventually the state champions. Sharing that experience with some of my best friends and teammates is something I will remember for the rest of my life.  Outside of baseball, playing Carolina Football on Fridays during winter conditioning and competing with my teammates are probably some of the best memories I have here at Cox.”

Q: What traits did you develop while in the Falcon Baseball program that have stayed with you throughout your playing career?

A: “Some of the traits I developed under former Head Coach Conroy and the Falcon baseball team would be leadership.  Learning how to be a leader for the younger players during my senior year, with a group of six or seven other seniors, was really important.  We built the strongest relationships in this group and we learned to lead together.”

Q: What advice do you have for the current players in the program?

“Find something you are passionate about and pursue it; I fell in love with this sport at a young age and my whole life I’ve done everything I can to get where I am now today.  Another piece of advice is to build as many positive relationships as you can along the way and maintain those relationships beyond high school and beyond college.”