This show continues our series on ideas to help the long term baseball development of our players. There are things we are doing right and some we hard heading in the wrong direction. We discuss Jeff's trip from a young kid to making it to the big leagues. The things that got him there are still important today and we are getting away from some of the basic things. He got on Twitter mocking launch angle, the video went viral and he also got his share of critics and even some nasty messages. Launch angle is dangerous for young players, coaches need to explain what this really means, a ball in the air for most young kids will be an out. Let them have fun, start hitting hard ground balls, more will happen, then they will adjust to start hitting line drives. In all his career no coach ever talked to him about mechanics, now that is all we are talking about. Kids are on their phones all the time and now we want them on the phone after every swing, is this good? Teach kids the mental aspect of hitting, what to do if you fail, approach at the plate, routine in batting practice to prepare you. We even get into kids need to learn how to play the game on their own, think ahead, make decisions and more. Show cases, way to many of them, kids go to way to many of them, they need to practice more. Travel ball, way to many games, need to practice more and kids need time off to do other things, play soccer, basketball, hockey, racquetball, etc. Travel programs are starting to make adjustments for a players long term development but not enough of them.
Jeffrey Dustin Frye (born August 31, 1966) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. Currently, he is a baseball player agent.
Frye played in Major League Baseball with the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies for all or part eight seasons between 1992 and 2001. He was listed as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall, 165 pounds (75 kg) and he thew and batted right-handed. Born in Oakland, California, he graduated from high school in Panama, Oklahoma, and played college baseball at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Frye was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 30th round of the 1988 amateur draft and made his big league debut with them on July 9, 1992, at Arlington Stadium during a 14–4 Rangers victory over the Cleveland Indians. Frye went 2-for-3, including a triple, walk, RBI and three runs, as the starting second baseman and leadoff hitter. His first career home run came July 24, 1992, off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Arthur Rhodes at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He missed the 1993 season due to injury.
In 1996, after hitting just .238 in 49 games with the Rangers' American Association affiliate Oklahoma City 89ers, Frye was released. That same day, June 5, he was signed as a free agent with the Red Sox. He had a career year in 1997 when he hit .310 with 6 home runs in 127 games. He missed the entire 1998 season due to an injured left knee but returned for the 1999 season, playing in 47 games.
Frye became a bench player when the Red Sox signed second baseman José Offerman prior to the 1999 season and, on July 27, 2000, was traded to the Colorado Rockies with Brian Rose and John Wasdin in exchange for Rolando Arrojo, Rick Croushore and Mike Lansing.
On December 11, 2000, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays. On August 3, 2001 at a game in the SkyDome, aphids were in the ballpark causing him to wear a mask on his face for the whole game.
He made history on August 17, 2001, when he became only the second Blue Jay in history to hit for the cycle. The only other Blue Jays player to hit for the cycle was Kelly Gruber, who happened to be in attendance that day.
Frye's final big league appearance came September 20, 2001, as he pinch-hit for catcher Darrin Fletcher in the 8th inning of a 12–6 loss to the Orioles. Frye flew out to left field and remained in the game at second base, replacing Homer Bush defensively.
Retired, Frye now works as a sports agent and represents current MLB players, such as Ian Kinsler.
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