"Kip, I agree 100%. Having a young man throwing at a target he can't see would not benefit anyone. I imagine that there are groups out there that ban pitchers wearing sunglasses, but I can't imagine why. Probably the same group that decides…"
"Skip, I agree 100% on the rule knowledge situation. As a school and travel coach, I am amazed at how many coaches and umpires just don't know even some of the basic rules of the game. The ones that I get a kick out of are the ones that during…"
"Ray, I don't know that anyone is trying to justify what was done. Although I ca certainly see how it could happen without the coach's direct knowledge. Over the years I have spent a lot of pre-game time (especially on road games) as the…"
"Sarah, a great question. As soon as a player is able to swing wood without the bat path dropping, they are ready to swing wood all the time. All of our guys swing wood for batting practice starting about age 9 or 10 depending on size and upper body…"
"I'm sorry, but if that isn't one of the dumbest rules I have ever heard of, then I don't know what is. It ranks right up there with the two hour drop dead time limit I have to deal with during school ball season. Whether home or away,…"
"Grant, if developing and getting better aren't priorities, then why are the kids playing travel ball? Not to sound harsh, but if they are looking for social time there are a lot of ways to cover it without it costing parents a lot of money. If…"
"Rod, Prima Donnas? Yep, I guess that is me. I'm not 100% in agreement with your daughter's definition of trolling, but whatever. I'm more of a "try to keep a conversation going without adding to it" explanation of trolling…"
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Strictly a location guy. Never blew it by anyone, but could make folks look silly in the box.
Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Scout Baseball, Scout Softball
Baseball Playing Experience:
High School, American Legion, AAU, College, Independent, Minor League
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Little League, USSSA, High School, American Legion, AAU, College, Independent
Softball Playing Experience:
Independent, Slow Pitch, Fast Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Hank Aaron - the all time greatest homerun hitter in baseball. Others have hit more with help, but nobody did it better than Hammerin' Hank. His focus at the plate, especially during the racially charged era he played during, is an example that every hitter should follow.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Michael Roth is my favorite current pitcher. His attitude, approach to the game and focus have taken him a lot farther than most would have predicted. He is a true team leader and takes time to mentor the guys coming up behind him.
More About Me:
I coach baseball to help young people learn to love the game and to improve their skills. I don't coach for money, although I don't hold it against those that do. I coach for the enjoyment of helping others find success.