AMSTERDAM — Some fans stopped to listen, some walked by without a glance.
Regardless, Dan Zlotnick kept strumming his guitar and singing along at Shuttleworth Park, a confident player.
Zlotnick was that for two summer tours with the Amsterdam Mohawks — whose baseball game he played sets before and after Wednesday night — plus in his career as a collegiate and professional pitcher. Now 25 years old, Zlotnick made his latest stop at Shuttleworth Park two years after retiring from baseball to chase a career as a musician.
“And I have good nights and bad nights, just like I did on the mound,” said Zlotnick, a Somers native who has released a pair of albums. “You hope there are more of the good nights, but — at the root of it — you realize you’re just trying to make somebody’s night a little bit better. You don’t have to be perfect to do that, either. With baseball, [mistakes] show up more because you have the stats to look at, but in music I don’t have a missed-note counter or anything on my guitar I can look at after a show. It’s more subjective and I like that.”
Zlotnick helped the Mohawks win championships in 2010 and 2012, summers in which he was a favorite of both fans and teammates. He was a key player during the team’s run to a 2010 New York Collegiate Baseball League title, offering a 4-0 record and 1.57 ERA in 46 innings. Two years later, Zlotnick went 1-1 with a 5.76 ERA in 29 2-3 innings as the Mohawks won a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League title.
“He was a very good player for us and a great teammate,” Mohawks head coach Keith Griffin said. “He did a…
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