Iapoce played college baseball at Lamar University and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 33rd round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the Brewers organization until 2000 and spent 2002 and 2003 in the Florida Marlins organization, after which he spent 2004 and 2005 playing with the Gary SouthShore Railcats of the independent Northern League.
Prior to the 2016 season, Iapoce was hired by the Texas Rangers to be their hitting coach, a position he held through the 2018 season..
Anthony Iapoce is explosive, this episode is incredible, simply one of the best in the business. Passionate, honest, articulate and more. Coach Caliendo just lets Anthony talk and he listens. He gives Coach Caliendo this statement which blows him away and its a great learning experience, “At times as a hitter you have to ask yourself how am I going to make an out” Meaning your goal is to place the bat behind the ball, or hit the ball the other way, may not get a hit but it put you in the right spot for the future at bat, explosive. At times you have to sacrifice a few at bats to get it going. This talk has nothing to do with the swing. Deals with the mental aspect of being a coach. Teaches how to communicate with players on a daily bases. We take questions from Facebook live, start it off with how he communicates with his major league players during this break were everyone is at home, what they discuss, etc. Then they get into the routine Coach Iapoce has in spring training, before and during games, his talk during games, etc. Has Batting practice changed in the big leagues. When a player is not hitting well, what do you do. Never use the word slump, why? As a coach what have you changed in your teaching. Allowing players to learn for themselves, ask lots of questions, keep it simple, fun, active and teach everyone different according to their body, style, mentality. What's it like for a hitter in meetings, video room, on deck, thought process and so much more. How do you use technology for the good and how it can be used for the bad. They talk about David Ross the new manager, his style, communication, etc. As a hitting coach you take notes or its all in your head? Were does vision and vision training play a role?. Drills they might use in the big leagues and so much more. This explanation of this episode does not give it justice, you have to listen because you will not have enough paper to take notes. www.baseballoutsifethebox.com Twitter @baseballout Anthony Iapoce Twitter is @AnthonyIapoce
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