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The Two Keys To Becoming a Great Hitter

The Two Keys To Becoming a Great Hitter...

I get emails from hitters all the time asking for help with a common problem. It usually sounds something like this: “I feel great hitting in practice, but once I’m in the game I continue to struggle. It’s so frustrating. Any advice?” Today we are joined[...]
The Key to True Success as a Hitter with Blue Jays Mental Coach Steve Springer

The Key to True Success as a Hitter with Blue Jays Mental Coach Steve Springer...

The Key to True Success as a Hitter with Blue Jays Mental Coach Steve Springer Some of you guys might know that my good buddy Steve Springer and I share a hotel room every year for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) annual convention.  It's a exhausting and awesome[...]
Ned Yost's Challenge to Players Who Want to Make the Big Leagues

Ned Yost's Challenge to Players Who Want to Make the Big Leagues...

Fresh off of an epic post season run as the manger of the Kansas City Royals, Ned Yost was kind enough to recently sit down with Next Level Ballplayer. Today we have a quick excerpt of Ned Yost talking about the type of winning ballplayer[...]
LCC Coach Eddie Smith Answers Your Baseball & Recruiting Questions Part 1

LCC Coach Eddie Smith Answers Your Baseball & Recruiting Questions Part 1...

Once again you guys did a great job of sending in hard hitting questions for our interview with Lower Columbia College head baseball coach Eddie Smith. Coach Smith previously coached at Notre Dame, Virginia, and Santa Clara, and has an incredible baseball background... Including two trips[...]
Keys to Mental Toughness in Baseball with Ken Ravizza

Keys to Mental Toughness in Baseball with Ken Ravizza...

Today we have a treat as I sit down with one of the most respected mental coaches in all of baseball. Dr Ken Ravizza co-authored the famous book Heads Up Baseball, has been hired by multiple MLB teams, and consulted for multiple Olympians all over the world. Today Dr Ravizza swings[...]

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Favorite Hitting Drills of Buster Posey and James Ramsey

Favorite Hitting Drills of Buster Posey and James Ramsey

James was an All-American at Florida State University and then was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft. We covered a lot of great material in our interview that we'll publish in the near future, but today we have a quick clip of Ramsey[...]
How To Increase Velocity & Arm Strength Through Long Toss with Alan Jaeger (video)

How To Increase Velocity & Arm Strength Through Long Toss with Alan Jaeger (video)

“What do I need to do to increase velocity… improve arm strength… throw harder… hit 90 mph on the gun…?” Those are the questions I frequently get from NLB players / parents / coaches.  Well, today we dive into exactly how you can increase velocity[...]
Reds’ Brandon Phillips Talks 'Golden Soldiers', Finding 'The Crunk Zone', Personal Baseball Goals and More...

Reds’ Brandon Phillips Talks 'Golden Soldiers', Finding 'The Crunk Zone', Personal Baseball Goals and More...

Today we get to spend some time with one of the best second basemen in the game who happens to have one of the best personalities in all of sports.  Of course, we're talking about the Reds' Brandon Phillips.  Brandon is in his 11th[...]
Are You Good Enough to Play D1 Baseball?  Here’s How to Know…

Are You Good Enough to Play D1 Baseball? Here’s How to Know…

Just about every serious high school baseball player wants to play Division I (D1) baseball. The reality is that most of them won’t.  My former college coach, Tracy Smith (now head coach at Indiana University), likes to say, “Every serious high school baseball player[...]
A Raw Look Inside College Baseball Recruiting

A Raw Look Inside College Baseball Recruiting

The other day I received this email from Indiana University’s head baseball coach Tracy Smith. Franco, Thought of you after drafting this email back to a parent today. You might be able to use this someway with your blog.  I think it could be a great[...]

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