Updated: Aug 4
Great players are great for a reason. Most people have no idea how many swings are taken during an average day in Major League Baseball. Trust me, it is way more than you think it is. I haven't been around him in a couple of years, but Mookie Betts took more than anyone in the big leagues in 2018-2019, I can almost guarantee that!
I was fortunate enough to be apart of the education process, JD Martinez the player/coach & Mookie Betts the curious student. Tim Hyers and myself, who were the two hitting coaches, served as facilitators as JD explained & demonstrated very simple concepts & movements. Once Mookie understood the why and the how, it was time to go to work, and boy did we work. He won the MVP in 2018 and there wasn't a day that he didn't take at least 100 swings. Now, I don't necessarily recommend that for everyone, I'm just illustrating that great players aren't great by accident. It takes know how, dedication to your craft, a desire to be the best & a willingness to always want to learn and grow.
Most of the hitting program I currently manage with the White Sox minor league players & how I teach players individually, comes from those times as a fly on the wall watching a transformation of one of the best players of our time.
The video below is from 2019, Mookie is paying it forward to my son Isaiah, who is currently a freshman baseball player at North Carolina State University. He is showing him a drill to help create and maintain space, as well to engage the ground & swing with connection. A year earlier, I watched Mookie learn all of this with curiosity & skepticism, then super neat to watch him teaching these concepts, a year later, with such conviction.