As some might already know but for those who don’t: I have been blessed to experience a 10 year Major League career spending the majority of my time in the big leagues with the Tigers and Yankees. It began with the San Francisco Giants farm system with a quick promotion to their Major League team in 1985 at the ripe age of 21.
After being traded to the Detroit Tigers and later to the New York Yankees, I earned my successful career and became a Major League All-Star and a Silver Slugger Award Winner. Later, I also played a short time with the Baltimore Orioles and the Colorado Rockies and then went to spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1996 but had to retire due to injuries.
Roger Clemens drilled me in the ribs with a 95 mph fastball..a fun video
To my surprise, I caught the ball under my arm, spun around into a crow hop and threw it back at him, like a catcher firmly chucks it back to the pitcher!
After a year of rest to heal from some injuries, I was a player/coach in the minor leagues. After a couple of successful seasons as a player coach, I accepted an invitation with the Cleveland Indians Major League Spring Training Camp in 2000. Followed by the player coach/manager in the minor leagues where we led the league in hitting, it was only a couple more years before I decided to retire to my home town of San Diego with my wife and business partner, Susan and 5 grown children.
Throughout my career, today and always, Ive been coaching youth to professionals (specializing in advanced players). I’m passionate in finding answers and creative techniques to get players results. And Its my dedication to this sport to stay at the cutting edge of the training information and technology. I enjoy the continued success with the players I have the honor of coaching and I’m always stressing that “what ever level you play at is the Major Leagues for you.”
“Step by step solutions
to a successful hitting career”
The idea of “Hitting Solutions” started 25 years ago as I began my campaign to get to the big leagues.
Like most of you, as a young hitter I tried a lot of hitting styles and adjustments but always seemed to be chasing my tail. It wasn’t until Hall of Fame Player Frank Robinson got a hold of me and taught me about discipline and the major league plan that I started seeing the path that I needed to take to become a major league hitter. I want to share this incredible experience with you, teaching you layer by layer how the best hitters program their thinking and develop routines to master the mechanical absolutes. You’ll learn how to create a simple picture for the process. Nothing will distract you from your objective for hitting the ball hard. You’ll be able to feel how timing and solid contact become one feeling.
My philosophy is simple…
- Make sure my students understand timing (which means dealing correctly with the pitchers delivery)
- They have a daily routine with drills that make sense for their hitting style so that they’re able to sum up their mechanics into that “ONE FEEL”
- Mechanics have to be “ONE THING”, one thought, one focus…the feeling of a good ball strike.
- If you know how to sync up the pitcher consistently, you can feel solid contact within you, and you are prepared with the Major League Plan…you’ll be successful.