When I met Terry Francona before a Dominican Winter League game the other day, my only intention was to introduce myself and say hello.  As it turns out, he was one of the friendliest and nicest baseball guys I have ever met.  He asked me about Next Level Ballplayer, and even half-suggested we do a quick interview.  We got the camera rolling, and out of respect of his time, I kept it to two questions…

1. What baseball advice would you give to aspiring ballplayers?

2. What separates the good from great ballplayers?

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Who Is This Guy?

Terry Francona is one of the most recognized managers in recent history.
He led the Red Sox to two World Series titles after an 86-year drought.  He’s really had quite the baseball career.  A few highlights include:

  • Winning the 1980 College World Series as a player at the University of Arizona
  • Winning the Golden Spikes Award given to the best collegiate player in the country
  • Being a First Round raft pick by the Montreal Expos
  • Playing in 10 seasons in the Major Leagues
  • Managing the Phillies
  • Managing the Red Sox
  • Joining ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew, and most recently…
  • Excepting the job as manager of the Cleveland Indians

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