As you probably know, Next Level Ballplayer loves the mental side of baseball and interviews like this one. Not one interview with a big league ballplayer goes by without me asking about his mental approach and for any tips or routines that he can pass onto our NLB community of ballplayers, coaches, and parents. Today, we have the opportunity to learn from one of the best mental baseball coaches out there, Steve Springer (“Spring”).
How can I label Spring as one of the best mental baseball coaches out there? Besides being employed with the Blue Jays as their mental coach, I have gotten to know him (and his material) personally over the past year. Check out some of these big leaguers who love Spring’s information and awesome hitting CD/DVD —Jose Bautista, Ben Zobrist, Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger, Clint Hurdle, Billy Beane (Spring’s minor league roommate and yes, this is the Moneyball Billy Beane) and many more.
I rarely endorse products, as there’s a lot of junk out there. Springer’s CD/DVD is an exception. So, if you are a player, coach, or parent, I highly encourage you to check it out.
Many thanks to Spring for sitting down with NLB to talk about how to define success for a hitter, what constitutes a “quality at-bat”, why you should be a ‘guess hitter’ like Ted Williams, the definition of ‘hunting pitches’, the importance of breathing, and more.