Ned Yost’s Challenge to Ballplayers 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 he wants on his teams, a challenge to all ballplayers wanting to make it to the next level, and more.

I want you guys to really take it to heart when Ned is talking about the importance of being a student of the game and understanding how to play the game the right way.

Being a smarter ballplayer is going to help you continue to play the game at a high level and make it to that next level of baseball… whatever that is for you.

Many thanks to Ned for taking the time to chat, and also thanks to Baseball Academics for helping set this up. More on them in the weeks to come and more from our sit down with Ned to come.

Posted in MLB Clubhouse Convos |

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

LCC Coach Eddie Smith

LCC Coach Eddie Smith

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 to the College World Series and coaching over 40 players that have gone on to be drafted by MLB teams.

We have broken down the interview with Coach Smith into 2 parts, because of the length of our convo.

In part 1 today, Coach Smith talks about:

  • Where he likes to recruit players,
  • The importance of finding a college baseball coach and program that fits you,
  • What his off season involvement with his players looks like,
  • How important recruiting questionnaires are,
  • Whether baseball players should play multiple sports or “specialize” in just baseball
  • and more.

Many thanks to coach Eddie Smith taking the time to hang out with us and answer your questions. Enjoy the audio only interview below:

Posted in Coaches Corner, College Recruiting/Scouting |

Keys to Mental Toughness in Baseball with Ken Ravizza

2013 Season, Game 86: Los Angeles Angels vs Boston Red Sox

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 by to talk through the keys to mental toughness on the baseball field for both position players and pitchers.

Many thanks to Dr Ravizza for taking the time to hang out with us and share some high level mental baseball tips.

Quote of the Day:

“Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable!”

-Dr. Ken Ravizza

Posted in Interview, Mental Baseball, Training Tips |

Miami University (OH) Head Coach Danny Hayden Answers Your Recruiting Questions


First off, thanks to everyone who sent in their questions for coach Hayden.

We were not able to get to all of the questions that were sent in but don’t worry, we will do this for more interviews in the future, so keep your questions handy!

Today we bring in Miami University Head baseball coach and my good friend Danny Hayden to answer your questions.

Today’s questions range from how common is it to switch positions when players get to college? to What are the 3 main things you look for when recruiting catchers? to how to get recruited when you live in a different country? and much, much more.

Special thanks to Coach Hayden for taking the time to do this interview with us… And stay tuned til the end when we talk about my favorite Danny Hayden story (hint: only time I’ve seen a coach get mad at a player for hitting a grand slam!)

Interview below is audio only.

Posted in College Recruiting/Scouting, Interview |

How Well Do You Know Your MLB Team History??


Hope everyone has been enjoying the MLB playoffs this year. Tons of exciting baseball games so far and a lot to learn from watching the best players play on the biggest stage.

I for one have been sick to my stomach after traveling to St Louis only to see Kershaw and my Dodgers lose to those pesky Cardinals.

The only good thing that came from that was my brief appearance in the following video that Stl ESPN radio put together.

Next time you go to watch your favorite team play, ask yourself one question: How well do you know your team?

Dodgers Fans Try to Explain What a “Dodger” Is from 101ESPN on Vimeo.

Posted in Baseball Tales, Interview, Next Level Ballplayer |

Thomas Edison’s Pitching Advice That Helped Trevor Bauer Make It To The Big Leagues

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The Indians’ Trevor Bauer has been one of the top prospects in baseball leading up to spending the majority of the 2014 MLB season in the big leagues.

When I asked him about the biggest pitching lesson he learned that has helped him over the years, I was very surprised to hear who gave him this advice…

None other than Thomas Edison… yes the inventor credited with inventing the light bulb and the one who passed away in 1931.

What was this baseball life altering advice?

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison

Sorry that the volume in the video below isn’t great, but hopefully you get point that Bauer is making: Even if you’re not getting the opportunities you deserve right now, DON’T stop working hard so that you’re always ready and at your best.


Posted in Interview, Pitching |