Former Baldwin athlete reflects on baseball glory years

BALDWIN - Kyle Himes never saw a sport he didn't like when he played athletics at Baldwin High School.

He graduated from Baldwin in 2005. He played basketball, football, baseball and a little bit of golf.

Baseball was his best sport.

"I was No. 6 in the state of Michigan for batting," Himes said, pointing to a .664 batting average his senior year. "For me, the key was I started as a kid. Now, they have phones and technology that takes kids away from the game.

"I started as a kid, repetition and repetition and practice made perfect. I got a little bigger and added more power to my hitting. I got a little wiser.

"I was more of a contact hitter. I only hit four home runs my senior year."

Himes showed off his speed with 33 stolen bases and .980 fielding percentage at shortstop.

"I was also a pitcher," he said. "I struck out 198 batters in 22 games played. My knuckle curve was one of my most feared pitches."

Himes pointed to his freshman and senior seasons as his best year.

"My senior year, Holton took us out for the district championship," Himes said.

His second best sport was football. He was running back and quarterback.

"They ended up my senior year moving me to tight end because I had better hands," Himes said. "I'm 6-foot-3 so I think my height had a lot to do with it and I weighed 200 pounds my senior year. I was bigger than most boys at that age."

He was a forward in basketball and averaged 17 points a game as a senior.

Himes lives in Baldwin. He coaches football and basketball at MCC.