Frame by Frame: Anthony Rizzo

For this edition of the eCoach breakdown, we decided to use Anthony Rizzo, one of the stars of the defending world champion Chicago Cubs. Rizzo has been one of the game’s best young hitters for the last four years but after a clutch run through the postseason, he has officially established himself as a star!

Part of the process of going from young stud to established star is to become more competitive and do more damage with two strikes. Some noticeable adjustments that Rizzo has made over the years is to get closer to the plate and choke up on the bat. Getting closer to the plate allows him to cover the outside corner easily and choking up provides more barrel control and a shorter path if the ball runs inside.

Let’s take a look at a swing from earlier this year and see how Rizzo makes a pitcher pay who tries to go in with two strikes… Continue reading

Vanderbilt’s Scott Brown

scottbrownTHE JOURNEY

I think the first thing about being a “top assistant coach” is your loyalty to the head coach and then to be able to implement your personality into the overall culture that the head coach wants presented.

I’ve had the luxury of working under/alongside and playing for some great coaches. I started at Cortland State, a Division-III school in upstate New York that is a national contender each year. I played Steve Owens (who’s now the head coach at Bryant University) and I picked up a lot from him as far as your work ethic and the energy you bring every day, paying attention to small details as a player, and most importantly a mentality and passion that he has for everything he does. Continue reading

Continuing Education of Pro Baseball Players: A (College) Degree of Difficulty

"Quick Pitch" with Eddie Comeaux

“Quick Pitch” with Eddie Comeaux

Major and Minor League Baseball spring training has arrived. And players reported to their affiliates located in either Arizona or Florida after spending the off-season in myriad ways. Some players tried their hand at a new hobby, traveled unchartered territories, played winter baseball games, or engaged in unprecedented rounds of golf while others worked odd jobs, rested and rehabbed nagging injuries, or added muscle to a fragile physique.

What is all too often missing during the winter months is a return to the classroom.

According to a survey of MLB teams, of the players that appeared in at least one game during the 2012 season, only 4.3 percent of players earned a four-year college degree. Further, in a study of professional baseball players, Knott (2010) reported that college graduation rates for MLB players is considerably less than their counterparts in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and National Hockey League. Continue reading