On this episode of Baseball Outside the Box, Coach Caliendo has a great conversation with his good friend Darin Everson Colorado Rockies Hitting Coordinator about hot topics like Launch Angles, Hitting away from shifts, and so much more. If you’re looking for details about mechanics, not going to find it in this discussion. They get into vision, communication, identifying pitchers, off season workouts, slumps and so much more. Darin Everson is very passionate about helping players reach their potential and helping them follow their passion. Twenty years in professional baseball. Proud to be the Hitting Coordinator for the Colorado Rockies. Darin has spoken all over the USA and at the largest baseball coaches convention in the USA, the American Baseball Coaches Association convention. He has worked at the hitting coach at AAA, managed at AA and Hitting Coach the MLB Arizona Fall League. Darin is the owner of the Elite Baseball Academy which travels throughout the country conducting professional skills camp with their “Energy Transfer” Professional Hitting Approach. For more information on our professional instruction and clinics: www.elitebaseballacademy.com.
Covered in the podcast
· Darin’s responsibilities as the Hitting Coordinator for the Colorado Rockies.
· Importance of communication with all his coaches and how much input they have in their overall game plan.
· Darin has worked with many young kids, high school, college, and professional players, how do you separate what he teaches, if any?
· Developing coaches is critical and being on the same page so important, how do you assure that certain things are being worked on by your staff?
· Once he signs with the Rockies what determines if coaches will make adjustments with hitters and when.
· Are the drills throughout your system the same for all hitters, if not then why? and what would be an example of a couple different drills for a couple different hitters?
· A big question lots of people like to know, with the shifts, can MLB hitters make an adjustment and hit the other way of the shift? If not, why not?
· We have a lot of coaches on the podcast who work with young kids, the biggest question I get, I was amazed, even in Cuba just this week, explain launch angle and how it can benefit all hitters at all levels.
· How much do you teach, study with your hitter's counts, pitching patterns, look location, etc.
· What do you believe is the difference between offseason work, pre-season and during the season.
· It’s a long season, all players go through slumps, is there anything players can do to reduce slumps?
· The importance to say less and do more, let players figure it out.
· Game like hitting drills very important, what kind are productive?
· Batting practice, traditional or is there a much better way?
· Does strength have an effect on slumps and what to do and when to reduces these chances?
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