I recently had the pleasure of meeting Cleveland Indian’s hitting instructor Jim Rickon. Going into his 14th season as a part of the Indians organization, he has been a player, bullpen catcher, and hitting instructor. Just a few of the superstars he’s played with and/or coached are Victor Martinez, Kenny Lofton, Omar Vizquel, CC Sabathia, Jim Thome, and many more. Currently Jim is the hitting instructor for the Indian’s single A team.
Many thanks to Jim for taking some time to talk with Next Level Ballplayer about the ins and outs of being a great hitter. In this 5 minute video interview, we cover: the first thing you should do when you start mis-hitting balls, how to make sure you stay balanced in the box (drills to help), best Indians hitter he has seen, how much you should hit if you are serious about being a great hitter (3:00 mark) and more.