July 28, 2020
Today we have on Jason Kanzler
Jason was undrafted/unrecruited out of high school, tried to walk on at Northeastern University in Boston and Was cut after fall ball, He Went on to attend the University of Buffalo and became the first D1 player ever to win the gold glove award twice, won MAC player of year, won UB student athlete of year, then was drafted in 20th round by Twins as senior sign for $1k
Jason played 3 years in twins system, during which they a Florida state league championship and then spent the next 2.5 years teaching high school physics/chemistry while also coaching baseball
He was hired by with Astros last year, and was the hitting coach in high A.
On the show we talk about the art of coaching, we discuss the importance of data and how subjective measurements are also important. We dig in conversations in the dugout an how we can teach the game within the game.
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Show Notes (Zach Casto)
- “Teachers are the best coaches.”
- “If you can teach students who may not be interested in the subject you’re teaching then you
- Teaching opens your eyes on how to get to know each student and create relationships for success.
- “Deliver content when appropriate and when the athletes are ready for it.”
- Since there is a ton of information out there we now can give objectives and options instead of giving the player one way to accomplish a task.
- “Everyone has a built in BS detector now.”
- It’s about facilitating and understanding how to communicate with each player.
- We need to find out how each player learns best.
- The best teachers can reduce the noise to teach each player their best way.
- You need to be able to filter out what the player doesn’t need to use.
- Putting our ego aside is very important.
- “Silence is a sound so don’t just speak to speak.”
- If we say a lot of irrelevant information then we can lose their trust and detail the player’s career.
- Coaches need to have deep relationships with the players because they is what builds trust.
- “Players own their career.”
- Simplifying data is the most important key for success.
- You can use pencil and paper and make a leaderboard on things you treasure.
- Example: create a hard hit ball leaderboard.
- Find ways to track who is having quality practice and who isn’t.
- Hitting the ball hard is crucial at the high school level.
- Maturity and being in the weight room will be helpful with making hard contact.
- Barrel consistency is super important at the high school level.
- Track consistency of hard contact and barreled up contact.
- When first evaluating hitters and pitchers look at timing, rhythm, and tempo.
- Find out how the player is moving in space and time.
- Being in control of your body will create consistency.
- A quality mover has effortless and smooth movements.
- “It doesn’t look Max effort even though you know the player is giving their best effort.”
- Have a conversation with your players to build awareness on their timing.
- “You need a lot of pitches worth of observation if you’re going to use your eyes to assess timing.”
- Go week by week to assess timing.
- Data and information can be used in positive ways or negative ways to effect performance.
- You almost have to re-learn or remold how you’ve learned data to positively influence the player.
- You can create data for and collect information from seeing with hitting the ball hard.
- The art of coaching is understanding and coaching each player their best way as an individual.
- Understanding when to talk and when not to is an art and takes a lot of experience.
- To create any adjustments with a player, trust has to be there.
- To create trust there must be a relationship.
- I’d there is trust, ask questions to have them go through in their head to find out that they need to make a change.
- You want it to be their idea. If it’s their idea there will be a better chance of buy in.
- As a coach break down information of who they are facing.
- Understand what pitch mix they have and the speed of each pitch.
- Break down the pitchers and find out what information each hitter on your team wants to know.
- You can either plan against the pitchers strengths or plan around the hitters strengths.
- “I’d much rather plan around the hitters strengths.”
- Planning to the pitchers’s strengths puts a defensive mindset to the hitter.
- Ask each player what they want to know.
- Some players don’t want to know anything. That’s okay if it works.
- If it doesn’t work then have a conversation with the player to create a plan.
- Allow stretch time for the player to get ready for the day.
- After that allow the players to go through their feel good/ game preparation routine drills to get ready for the day.
- Understand each of these drills to help each player get ready.
- Allow the player to use whatever will help him get prepared for the team hitting section of pregame.
- One of the hardest things to do is freeing the player to do what works for them and to find out their process.
- To be able to truly help the player, a strong relationship must be there.
- Players have to trust you in order to trust themselves when you give them that freedom.
- Being observant as a coach and modeling that will help the players become interested in doing the same.
- Model what you want your players to do.
- To be a good coach: understand what the player is feeling when hitting and playing and how they are seeing the ball.
- Look at timing, are they doing any preparation on the pitcher, do they look under control in their forward move.
- If a player doesn’t look smooth, odds are he won’t see the ball well.
- The best coaches make their players feel like an equal to the coaches.
- You want everyone all in together.
- Tennis Ball Hitting Drill:
- Toss into a strike zone.
- The hitter will either hit the ball in the air or let the ball bounce.
- The objective is for the hitter to hit the ball on a line.
- It’s a competitive drill that makes the players better.
July 20, 2020
Today we have on Chris Gimenez from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Michael McCarthy from the Minnesota Twins.
In parts of 10 seasons, Chris appeared in 386 Major League games and tallied 1067 plate appearances between the Indians, Twins, Mariners, Rays, Rangers and Cubs. While the bulk of Gimenez’s work came behind the plate, he was versatile enough to spend time at first base, in the outfield corners and, more briefly at third base. Beyond that, Gimenez took the ball for 11 relief appearances in his career. He is currently the game planning coach for the LA Dodgers.
Mike went from mowing lawns, dragging infields and “just trying to be a part of” Cal State Bakersfield’s first baseball team to being 14th round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 2011 MLB draft and he spent parts of his final three seasons with Triple-A Pawtucket. His final season came in 2016. and is currently the pitching coach for AAA Rochester in the Minnesota Twins organization.
On the showOn the show we dive deep into the pitcher/catcher relationship, we discuss how we can break down data for players into a tool thats most relevant for them, and we go over game-planning and in dugout conversations. You’re going to love this episode with Michael McCarthy and Chris Gimenez.
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Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto
- Seek to understand your players so that you can teach them better.
- in other words be empathetic.
- If you don’t have a direct and correct answer to a problem then you have no business talking to a player about it.
- Further your education if you do t have the answers.
- You have to lead with empathy.
- Sometimes you need to be a therapist for the player to get off the pressure they’ve put on themselves.
- Cultivate and create relationships with all players.
- When you’re telling players information you need to understand who is in front of you.
- Example: Some players want data and information. Some do not.
- “Understand who you’re working with and understanding which button to push.”
- “A lot of this is trial and error.”
- Understand their knowledge of analytics and educational background.
- Understand how each player learns best.
- Simplify data down to simple language.
- “Make data normal in everyday conversations.”
- Lean on the relationships you have with the players to have conversations with information/data in them.
- When talking to guys and you have to tell them something, tell them when they have the time to come talk to you.
- Data is a tool.
- Tell the player what the data is telling them to do.
- Example: throw more curveballs because the data is telling us for you to do so.
- Data gives suggestions, it doesn’t mean you have to follow it.
- Data doesn’t have regency bias whereas we do as human beings.
- Data will tell your the truth.
- Be patient with the players.
- Always be available to your players.
- “Your players are always their best coach.”
- Players need to be open and honest with themselves.
- The teacher will appear when the student is ready.
- Giving players the space they need to figure things out and learn is crucial.
- When pitching it’s about executing a pitch and focusing on the present moment.
- Create a level playing field where the coach and players can open up to each other and get things off their chest.
- Explore and look at different experiences of people so that you gain more knowledge and challenge the norm.
- Use trial and error to see what sticks and what doesn’t.
- “Empower your coaches to be smart and make good decisions.”
- Review the thought process of each individual and learn from mistakes.
- “If you’re unsure about your decision making ability then ask questions.”
- Good people will provide good results.
- Empower your people and allow them to try things out.
- That’s how people learn.
- When players are in an uncomfortable environment they will become comfortable in uncomfortable situations.
- Hire people you trust and help them understand what makes the culture special. Also let them know what they bring in that is special.
- Give players a heads up so that they have their schedule and the team schedule for the day.
- Give them options so that they have ownership over their career.
- “The more information the player can take in, the less work we have to do.”
- Have a meeting early in the season and show how we use scouting reports.
- Y’all your catchers and pitchers through the scouting reports.
- Doing this builds a knowledge base for the catchers and pitchers.
- The coach will come in and make suggestions to the plan the catchers and pitchers have planned.
- “Stick to your strengths.”
- This is a tried and true plan for a player.
- Let the pitchers know what their strengths are.
- Players must be aware of their strengths.
- When the opposing lineup is in, create wrist bands for your catchers so that they have a quick scouting report for each hitter.
- In between innings go over who the pitcher is facing and what to expect if a batter gets on base.
- Example: If this guy gets on realize he’s quick and a good base runner.
- Understand the best matchups for each pitcher and opponent.
- Understand the limits of your starting pitchers.
- Look and see if our pitcher is tipping or not.
- Look for adjustments in a box. Sometimes the way a hitter takes a pitch will tell you if he can pick up a pattern or any tips.
- Fingers are important when picking up tipped pitches.
- Check for the stiffness of fingers and different looking wrists.
- Some pitchers will wiggle the ball and pick the pitch in their hand.
- Some pitchers will wiggle and pick the pitch type in the glove and the glove will move for different pitches.
- A fastball has little to no glove move whereas off speed may have movement.
- Sometimes pitchers will tap in their glove before they throw differently for different pitches.
- Sometimes pitchers throw specific pitches in counts.
- To help players improve give them tips of what you see needs improved along with things they do well to build awareness.
- Keep detailed notes on what is happening in a game.
- Try and learn the language of the player who is an ELL.
- When you try, respect is built and you improve speaking the second language.
- “This creates the culture of we are all learning together.”
- Check in with how the players are doing in their personal life every day.
- Trust is built when you ask those questions.
- Be authentic and honest with your players.
- The ELL player and Spanish speaking coach will help you learn Spanish.
- The best coaches challenge and push their players.
- “Stress is where things grow.”
- Players need stress so that they can improve and build knowledge.
- Don’t let your players settle.
- You want to grow your players as a human being not just a player.
- Whatever you do in practice make it fun, bring energy, and be enthusiastic.
- “If you take pride in what you do and do it right the first time, you won’t have to do something over again.”
- Appreciate this pandemic time and understand what is really important in life.
- “The greatest thing you can do in life is leave the world better than you found it.”
- “Go serve and love the world around you.”
- The best coaches have no egos.
July 6, 2020
Today we have on Rick Franzblau. Rick is in his first year as the director of olympic sports strength and conditioning. The previous three years he served in the capacity of assistant director of olympic sports strength and conditioning. He is responsible for the supervision of the assistant strength coaches, graduate assistants and volunteer interns. Rick oversees the strength and conditioning for all 14 of the Olympic Sports an he is directly responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts of the baseball, men’s soccer and track and field teams.
On the show we discuss how to match hardware and software, in both hitting and pitching. How what we find on movement screens affects in game performance. How to communicate and collaborate with on field staff and strength staff. We talk deceleration training, proper breathing and so much more.
Here is Rick Franzblau!
Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto
June 29, 2020
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Today we have on The King of Jewish Baseball Nate Fish.
We go over what he has learned in playing and coaching in 20 plus countries. He also has experience in the world baseball classic, in Cape Cod and starting the national baseball program in Israel. And one of the coolest things about Nate is his experience coaching from little league, to coaching in the minor leagues with the Dodgers.
Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto
- Fast pitch softball can clean your swing up because the reaction time is less than in baseball.
- In practices you want high energy and fun experiences.
- When you’re having fun is where learning happens.
- When you’re working with fear, the result is not good.
- Within a stretch routine it may be the only time of the day where everyone on the team is together.
- When you are stretching you can add in a clap after a stretch.
- This is similar to football.
- “You can’t be scared to be a little bit stupid.”
- “You want to build a program around a shared vision.”
- When building relationships with players the trust comes first and the love comes second.
- “Player development is just human development.”
- People often just need support and understand what their role is so they can do it well.
- What you know isn’t going to be the difference in player development, it’s the relationship piece.
- Allow your players to tell stories in the stretch to make a fun environment.
- The batting cage is where relationships really grow.
- When coaching in the summer leagues allow your players to find out their routines and processes.
- It’s like a Professional format.
- Players can find out a lot of career changing things during that summer.
- Teach your players to stay rational. Baseball will bring out a ton of mental stress.
- Don’t dive into telling your hitters to swing one way.
- Work on them feeling specific movements in the swing and finding out solutions in their own way.
- Players have to be on time and have a stabilized movement throughout the swing.
- Commonalities are athleticism, timing, and having the ability to stabilize the pelvis, and staying through your legs.
- “Get on time for a heater.”
- Use objectives for your players to do when they are hitting.
- This allows them to self organize and work on the feels they are searching for.
- Every athlete’s movements will be unique and different.
- Technology has allowed for external cues to be the way.
- Visualization is important to do if you’re in a pandemic, injured, or before you are hitting.
- It helps build confidence and a plan.
- Before practice have your players step into the box and have them feel comfortable in the box.
- Allow them to get set up.
- As a coach be the pitcher (show a righty or lefty).
- Have them see the ball out of the hand.
- Have them visualize taking pitcher.
- Have them visualize taking swings on pitches.
- You want them to feel comfortable in the box and feel that they are in control and not the pitcher.
- “This is hard to quantify.”
- With that being said it can help prepare the players to have success and put the pressure on the pitcher.
- When building a culture discuss what’s important, model it, discuss it every day, and explain the importance of everything.
- “Stars make kids want to do things.”
- Players are influenced by baseball players who are role models.
- When introducing baseball to someone, have them go to camps and find those role models.
- Practice design is super important.
- Practice design has a lot of variables.
- You have to factor in age group, amount of teams, amount of time.
- You need to make sure players are being healthy with their arms.
- “Any defense is about playing catch.”
- Spend less time on bunt plays and 1st and 3rd play.
- You want your players to hit a lot and work on game speed practices.
- Play the game as much as possible.
- Do game like situations and live batting practice.
- “Culture is a by product of your values.”
- So how you do everything is a showing of how you value things.
- State what you are about and model it to your players.
- How you do things is super important with a culture.
- Don’t teach hands behind the ball. Teach barrel in between your hands and your body instead.
- Players enjoy energy, enthusiasm, and good BP out of a coach.
- As a coach a goal of ours is to not over coach.
- “It’s okay to agree or disagree on things as coaches.” You can learn and grow from each other.
- Don’t be afraid to fail. You learn from failure.
- “If we haven’t failed lately then we haven’t put ourselves out there.”
- “The game itself is the best teacher.”
June 21, 2020
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Today we have on Joe Espada, Bench Coach for the Houston Astros. Joe grew up in Puerto Rico and attended college the University of Mobile before being drafted 45th overall in the 1996 draft by the Oakland A’s. Joe played 10 years in the Minors before retiring and getting into coaching. He got his first coaching job in 2006 with the Marlins and was named the big league 3B coach in 2010. In 2014 he was hired by Brian Cashman and became an assistant to the GM and the infield coach with the Yankees, and in 2017 he was hired by the Astros to be the bench coach. On the show we discuss lessons learned throughout his professional career, we discuss how working in the Yankees front office helped him become a better on field coach and we dive deep into how to learn about and build the culture in the clubhouse.
- Extreme ownership- Jocko Willink
- Measure what matters- John Doerr
- We’re all in this together- Mike Robbins
show notes courtesy of Zach Casto
- When you get into coaching, put your ego to the side and focus on helping the players with your experiences and things you’ve learned.
- “Share your stories so that others don’t make the same mistakes.”
- “The best coaches put their players first.”
- “It’s about the players, not about you.”
- Players want to see you as genuine and they want to see empathy and humility.
- The most important thing is to earn the trust of the players.
- If your patient and your timing is right you’ll earn trust of the players.
- The best leaders listen well and speak last.
- The ones that do that earn the trust of the players and people will follow you because of that.
- “Players want to know how you are going to bring the best out of me?”
- When players know you care about their careers and the team then they’ll understand that you have their best interests in mind. They’ll trust you because of this.
- “Do more listening than talking.”
- Don’t break the ice on how you played.
- A lot of players don’t want to hear that.
- Without trust teamwork cannot be built.
- Listen to the players and their stories so that you can relate to them better.
- “When things aren’t good at home, they aren’t going to be good at the field.”
- We need to take time to understand the language and culture if our players.
- You want to have a human connection so that you can help the players grow and get away from their anxieties at home.
- Have a conversation about personal life will help grow relationships and help them feel better because it unloads the weight of the world off of their shoulders.
- Allows the player to perform the best of their ability.
- Culture is talked about a lot, but are we actually doing things to help create and continue the culture that we want.
- You need more than talent to win a championship.
- Three things that create championships:
- 1. Embrace technology and use new ways to develop players.
- They adapt quickly to changes in the game.
- 2. Hire smart and can understand technology and the human side of things.
- Make sure we put our egos at the door and provide the best data to our players so when we go to the field we are prepared and on the same page.
- The best teams have a culture of openness to where you can voice your opinion.
- When we are shifting we must be able to sell what we are teaching.
- We cannot sell our teaching unless there is trust.
- When communicating it must be crystal clear with everyone.
- The best way to sell shifting is to see the results.
- Balls were hit and people were in front of the ball.
- Players were able to make more routine plays.
- Less balls were in the outfield.
- Hitters hit into tendencies.
- Hitters are stubborn and don’t change so much.
- You can’t let the one ball that gets away from the shift to have you change from the plan.
- We must be rational and not emotional.
- In the season make sure your players make throws in the shifted positions.
- Do bunt plays and pickoffs to show shift coverage.
- Have presentations on cuts and relays as well.
- Do the presentations before the season starts.
- As a bench coach get there day ready.
- Type of the lineup from the manager.
- Get the pre game schedule ready.
- Put out any fires before it gets to the managers office.
- Watch film and find out a relief rotation.
- Have visualization an hour to an hour and a half before the game.
- Have a set routine for your guys so that they have something to look forward to every day.
- Put things on your schedule if its important.
- Try learning how to learn Spanish with ELL athletes.
- This creates friendships and respect.
- “Challenge the players to teach the coaches in regards to a foreign language.”
- If you prepare well before a game it will slow down the game for you as a coach.
- Do homework prior to the game.
- Visualize good and bad scenarios so you are prepared.
- As a bench coach you get to ask the manager and position coach on decisions to help both groups.
- The bench coach is often the swing vote.
- Timing is crucial to understand adjustments.
- Players adjust when they are ready.
- The way to go to the next level is to put players first and dominating your role.
- Put your ambitions to the side and live in the moment.
- Be yourself, do your job, and be honest.
- “Do your job today and tomorrow takes care of itself.”
- Have your players doing game speed drills.
- Don’t be afraid to have your players re-do a rep they misplayed in practice.
- When warming up between innings, have the players make one long throw just in case a throw they will need to make in that half inning.
- “The best investment you can make is yourself.”
- “You can always improve yourself.”
- Use Zoom to teach mechanics and fundamentals of baseball in a quarantine situation.
June 8, 2020
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Today we have on the Chicago cubs major league hitting coach, Anthony Iapoce. Anthony was named the Cubs major league hitting coach in October, 2018 after three seasons as the hitting coach with the Texas Rangers ... prior to joining Texas, he spent the previous three years in the Cubs organization as a Special Assistant to the GM while overseeing the club's minor league hitting program from 2013-15 ... Has been in a coaching/player development capacity since the 2006 season. On the show we talk about working with some of the best players in the world and how we can be an advocate for them. We talk about daily routines, which includes game planning and preparation and we get into how we can best serve all of our players. This episode is so good with Anthony Iapoce!
Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto
- As a coach be able to talk and help out everyone in the program that you work with.
- Be preparedness and patience will create trust from the players.
- You don’t want to change a swing at first.
- Listen and watch.
- “Players will tell you about how they want to be coached.”
- Be patient enough for when players ask you for help, then you have a plethora of resources to help them.
- You can learn through the honest conversations that you have with the players that they will tell you how they want to be coached.
- This helps the athlete become their own best coach.
- When players talk to you, you want them to be completely honest.
- When things go well, congratulate the player.
- Players need to trust their process and not focus completely on mechanics.
- It’s a one pitch at a time approach with adjustments.
- Before, after, and during the the game have a stream of communication from the whole team.
- “Don’t underestimate that players know how to practice and can manage their thoughts.”
- “The drill doesn’t help the player, it’s the thought process during the drill.”
- It can be a thought process or a target on the field.
- In practice help the player think properly.
- Don’t ever assume that your players have heard what you’ve said constantly. Go in every day expecting that they know nothing.
- “The more accountable a player is the quicker they will improve.”
- What a player feels is the most important thing for them.
- You manage this by a certain set of drills.
- Again, the focus is the thought behind the drill.
- Players need to practice getting hits when they aren’t on time.
- This is possible.
- What your thoughts are and what they are actually doing are two different things.
- Celebrate the little victories such as a good take, a walk, a good swing.
- Baseball beats up the player enough.
- The hardest thing a player goes through is letting the team and themselves down.
- Have the player focus on helping the team win and being selfless.
- Get back to when the player feels the most confident. Get back to that place and start a connection there. So the player can feel that great feeling.
- Preach to players to buy into a team concept of hitting.
- Example: teach the importance of selfless at bats. Such as hitting the ball the opposite field.
- The routine starts as soon as you get to the field.
- What they eat, what they do, and how they prepare for the game has to be set for the player to feel confident and comfortable.
- Each player has their set routine.
- In the cage with a tee, Cubs player would hit off of a high tee first to get prepared for the mass amounts of high fastballs that they will see in a game.
- Being thrown BP, work on low in the zone and working your way back up in the zone.
- Depending on preference, players will use a set of resources to get prepared for who they are facing.
- Example: some players will use a high velocity pitching machine, do a short bat drill, tosses.
- You want cage flow and a set of drills so that everyone isn’t just standing around.
- Players will appreciate organization and preparedness.
- All great conversations happen by players talking to each other.
- This builds an understanding between players and coaches.
- Get to know the players:
- Give them an assignment of using Google Earth and take a picture of the town or city the player was from. The player will talk about the town he was in.
- Respect everyone’s cage time because everyone has a tight schedule and wants to get better that day.
- The next best thing for coaching is really good people who can coach in everything.
- You have to be a hybrid coach and be able to do everything.
- Learn from experiences and formulate how you want to coach.
June 4, 2020
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Today we have on George Lombard. First base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. George has been a member of the dodgers for 5 years, after previously serving various roles in the Braves and Red Sox Minor League Systems. George’s story is one word, powerful. His mom was a civil rights activist with Martin Luther King jr. His grandfather was the dean of Harvard business school for 40 years. George was an all American running back and signed at the university of Georgia before ultimately deciding to pursue baseball which led to playing 6+ years in the big leagues.
Show notes from Zach Casto
- You want to be the kind of coach that the players know that you. Care and love your players.
- These are the coaches who are difference makers.
- Often times the most influential person in your life is a good model of a good coach.
- Stand up for what you believe and always do the right thing.
- “Always look to make a difference in the lives of others.”
- There will always be people who will help you out. Try to stay as positive as possible.
- Always recognize those who have helped you.
- You want to be the kind of coach that is positive and picks up players when they are at their lowest.
- You also want to keep those same players grounded when they are playing at their best.
- “Everyone in baseball should have the experience of being a hitting coach”
- Push your players and peers to go after their goals.
- Example: Get their bachelors degree.
- A coaches role is to make a difference in the lives of their players.
- You can make a difference every single day.
- “You can make a difference every day.”
- Special players make special teams.
- The best coaches allow their assistants and players be themselves.
- They try to eliminate distractions so that you can compete and teach at your best.
- Players trust coaches who are transformational coaches.
- Getting guys to believe in you will run through a wall for you.
- They will feel free and focus at their best.
- We want our players to believe in you so much that they can grow to be their best version of themselves.
- The game of baseball is a tough game. It has a lot of ups and downs. As coaches we need to always be that steadying force.
- We have to be consistent with our actions to build the trust of your players.
- You need to be reliable.
- It takes time to build trust.
- Example: It could take 5 years.
- Team bonding experiences and asking the players how they are and their family consistently shows that you care about the person.
- To be successful it takes the help of multiple people.
- You need to find out how much information you need to give to each player.
- Some players are sponges whereas some players only need a few pieces of information.
- When you have player meetings keep things as simple as possible.
- The coaching staff needs to do all of the data collection.
- The better prepared you are, the better the information will be dispersed, and the more confident the players will be to compete.
- You want your best players and veteran players to buy in.
- That’s when a strong culture will start to be implemented.
- Players don’t like the term rules. Use responsibility instead.
- As a first base coach talk to the base runner on their right side.
- Go over information on the kind of pitcher they will be leading off against.
- Green pitchers are slow.
- Yellow are in between.
- Red pitchers have really good moves and are quick to the plate.
- Keep the players updated on the pop time of the catcher and if he likes to back pick.
- Follow the scoreboard and make the proper decisions based off of that.
- “When a pitcher gets the count to two strikes there is a good chance he goes offspeed. Look for the ball in the dirt.”
- You want your base runners to take the extra 90 feet.
- You want to win every dirt ball read situation.
- You want your base runners to be aggressive and to also do the fundamentals properly.
- If the players do that and get thrown out so what.
- Focus on the process and not the results.
- The Best pitchers have a balk move. Let the umpire be aware of that move.
- As a first base coach understand what the third base coach likes to do.
- Stay on the same page with the other base coach.
- Before we can help a player we must know the player.
- We must understand the culture and background of the player.
- This allows us to empathize and understand where the player comes from.
- The great team are all selfless and have a common goal.
- Example: you don’t run the bases for yourself, you run the bases for your teammates.
- “Every play matters.”
- To create selfless players, it starts with actions.
- “Keep them on track with the process and controlling things they can control.”