First Look: Taurus Curve
Rather than develop another pistol that requires people to conform around the dimensions of a gun, the new Taurus Curv…
I hear that you have a number of friends who were snipers or Navy SEALs. Do you get to shoot with them when in San Diego?
I’ve got a couple of those guys as buddies. I used to go over and shoot with them more when I was with the Cubs. That said, this past off-season I got together with the SEAL teams, and we went out to shoot. It is cool to step into their world. When I step out onto the baseball field, I feel like I know a lot. But when you step onto the range with one of those guys, it’s incredible to see how much they know. Shooting is very technical, just like throwing a baseball in a windy ball field in a different city each week. If a new building or scoreboard goes up since the last game, it can change the wind’s influence on a pitch. I can appreciate their level of skill development and being able to work so precisely in different environments. Whenever I’m around people like SEALs, it’s more about being an observer than a shooter. That’s something I’ve learned in baseball. There are other areas of expertise and ways to approach the details.
What is your position on the Second Amendment?
I’m a supporter of the 2A and our right to carry. This is one of those things that we should take pride in, and it’s not going away.
You pitch roughly once every five days. How do you fill your time between games?
I place my focus on baseball during the season. There is too much of a chance to hurt myself doing something stupid. I cut a tendon in my thumb a few years ago, and I couldn’t throw my slider after that. I had to adjust my game. My pitching coach started working on a sinker afterward. I would have never learned that sinker, so it turned out to be a learning experience. The sinker is now one of my pitches that gets me out of bad spots in a game.
How about during the off-season? Do you still love to hunt?
I do a lot more duck hunting now. My best trip I had was just last year. My whole family stayed in a lodge in Arkansas. We shot our limit by 9 a.m. There were 14 people, all family and close friends. It was such a great time after the Christmas holiday.
What would you tell your younger self?
They always say this when you get to the league: It’s in your first 150 innings when the league figures you out. Then there is a constant adjustment, because teams know how they can adjust to you. That is the biggest adjustment for a new ball player.
I recently saw a video of you shooting and endorsing a Taurus Curve. I like the name play, by the way. When was the first time you shot a Taurus?
That was my first time shooting a Curve, but my dad has always had Taurus pistols. In fact, the first Taurus I bought for myself was a Millennium. It’s still the gun I’m carrying today. That 9mm is one of my favorites to shoot.
You’re 6 feet, 6 inches tall; 220 pounds. What was your first impression of a gun as small as the Taurus Curve? Do your hands just swallow it up?
Andrew Cashner is an active Major League Baseball pitcher who has thrown nearly 9,000 pitches since 2010. When not dueling with the league’s top hitters, you can find him at the range or in the field. Cashner is a passionate waterfowl hunter during the off season, and, though he rarely throws a curve at batters, he recently appeared in a campaign promoting Taurus’ new Curve .380.
You grew up in Conroe, Texas, roughly 40 miles north of Houston, and you went to school at Texas Christian University near downtown Fort Worth. Did that make you a Houston Astros or a Texas Rangers fan as you grew up?
I actually grew up watching both teams. When I was in high school, [the Astros] went to the World Series, and that was huge. For sure, Fort Worth is my kinda town, but I’m an East Texas guy until I die.
You’re considered a power pitcher. What’s the speed of your fastest fastball?
My fastest pitch was 104 [miles per hour], and that was back in 2011. I don’t have that pitch anymore. In fact, I only hit 100 a couple times this season. I use [fastballs] …read more
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