Heart work > Hard work

April 11, 2018

For my hitters, February through the end of April is about about converting habits to skills that will allow you to perform. You’ve heard quotes from coaches like, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” and “No pain, no gain.” I profess right here and right now that heart work is more important than […]

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Why and how your skills transfer to real life

April 5, 2018

I’ve been coaching professionally for 20 years. Over the years, I’ve learned that it takes 10,000 hours to develop a skill. In my time, I’ve logged more than 30,000 hours as a coach developing Major Leaguers, politicians, pastors and teachers, to name a few. Of all the people I have helped along the way, Stephen […]

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The Master speaks – Jerry ‘Papa” Ellis on what young baseball players need to know today

April 4, 2018

Mr. Jerry “Papa” Ellis is one of my favorite people in the world, even though he’s an Alabama Crimson Tide fan. He was an All-American second baseman at Bama back in the day and knows a lot about baseball. Can you see why I listen to him? I’ve had the pleasure of coaching his grandsons, […]

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4 ways to get more at-bats this spring

March 28, 2018

What should you do if you’re not getting enough at-bats this spring? There’s an old saying that there is no need to cry over spilled milk. I agree. But before I give you the four-step advice you’re looking for to help you get more at-bats, you must acknowledge there are eight questions you must ask your […]

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Why teachable moments matter in your journey to be the best

March 14, 2018

Great coaches anticipate teachable moments such as ignorance (not knowing better), arrogance (acting better than you are) and defiance (failing to respect that there are others who are better than you). For some people, playing baseball is strictly recreation, while for others, it’s an assignment from God. For me, writing this blog is an assignment from […]

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3 things you may have to deal with this spring (and how to avoid them)

March 7, 2018

There are three things that you no doubt will have to deal with this spring – doubting yourself, an untruthful coach and stressed parents. Let’s look at how all three can impact you: Doubting yourself Practice should prepare you for games and games should prepare you for the next practice. The over-used saying, “practice makes […]

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How do you process information? Here’s why it matters

February 28, 2018

My favorite skilled hitter of all time is Ken Griffey, Jr. who I discern was a kinesthetic learner. I’ve had the opportunity to train with JR and know him personally. He’s not much for a lot of talking and looking at hitting videos. Give him a bat, throw pitches and he will figure out how to […]

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Why the ‘myelin sheath’ matters to your hitting strategy

February 21, 2018

Stress brings out the best. Have you ever heard of myelin sheath?  A myelin sheath is a layer that protects neurons, which transmits nerve impulses. So, basically, we perform things because our neurons allow us to, and the myelin sheath protects the neurons so that we can do stuff well and often. To become an […]

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Why skills pay the bills – and how you can make it happen

February 14, 2018

Skills pay the bills. That’s the reason why Major League hitters get paid so much money. They can skillfully do what fans can’t. It’s the reason fans like me are empowered by watching skilled people perform. Skills are things we can do repeatedly without thought while under stress. As we have discussed, it takes 3,000 reps […]

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3 old school drills that will help raise your game

February 7, 2018

Jackie Robinson was the first Black man to play Major League Baseball in the Modern Era, but he wasn’t the first Black man to ever do it. Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first to do it. Mr. Walker made his MLB debut on May 1, 1884, playing for the Toledo Blue Stockings. I obviously never met […]

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