There are five tools of baseball. Let’s break it down:
And some even believe there is a sixth tool—the Intangibles. That includes attitude, work ethics, baseball IQ and overall make-up of the individual. What does he bring to the team? Players aren’t always selected by their basic five tools, there are other things that are part of the selection process.
What can we do for skill development? I am attempting to give you my thoughts on the five tools and the sixth tool. I want to share my 45+ years in baseball. Including having been been a player, manager, coach, field director of player development (responsible for all the training tools used for the team to take them from signing in the minor league to taking them to the major league team), Japan training, and the China natural program when I was the manager of the Chinese National Team of the 2008 Olympics. I want to share this information with you so you can develop a great program for 2014 season. I was blessed to have been around great players and coaches in my own development. If you are interested in my help, contact me about your program.Read more tomorrow!
Coaches’ Training Programs
The Five Absolutes of Hitting
Teach how to train five absolutes
Drills for each of the absolutes
Teach players how to take training into the game
Mental mindset and focus
From fundamentals of hitting to how to become a great hitter taught by one of the greatest hitter of all times.
Jim Lefebvre grew up when baseball was THE game in America. Long before numerous other sports took center stage, or even shared the same platform as baseball. From little leagues to sand-lots to neighborhood backyards and school play fields, baseball was on the minds of most kids from sun-up to sun-down. And many of them shared the same dream: To become a major league ball player.
Jim Lefebvre realized his dream as he was scouted and picked up by his home-town team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was Rookie of the year in 1965 and helped propel his team to the World Series Championship. In 1966 he was one of the All Star players. His name became synonymous with baseball.
Not only did Jim (nicknamed Frenchy because of his ethnic last name) appear on the field, but also on TV screens throughout America with guest appearances on Batman, Gilligan’s Island, Knight Rider and M*A*S*H. It was the wonderful days of family TV when everyone could enjoy an evening in front of the tube
Jim continued his career with the Dodgers for seven seasons and was then picked up by the Lotte Orions in Japan. He was the most-played baseball player in Japanese history, and the first player to be on a championship team in both the MLB and in Japan.
Jim loved the game of baseball and when his on-field play time ended in 1976, he moved up the ladder and began a series of coaching jobs. He began coaching the Seattle Mariners in 1989 and led the team to its first winning season but was released in 1991. Jim went on to manage both the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. It was after that when he was presented with what he calls “his greatest challenge of all”: Building the Chinese Baseball Team for the 2008 Olympics.
Out of Left Field is the story of this adventure.