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Andy Barkett- 2018 World Series Champion Assistant MLB Hitting Coach, Boston Red Sox

June 1, 2020

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Today we have on 2018 World Series champion, Andy Barkett. Andy was an assistant MLB hitting coach with the Boston Red Sox in 2018-2019. On the show, we talk about how to earn trust with our players, why learning their routines is important, we discuss game-planning, approach and why Andy thinks that hitting coaches are basically part time psychologists. You’re gonna love this episode with Andy Barkett!

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Foundations of Coaching Professional Hitters

https://bsbliq.com/courses/foundations-of-being-a-professional-hitting-coach/

Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto

  • Players will always remember what you did for them.
  • Those individuals will be their influences in life.
  • There is people along the way to help their players in life and in the field.
  • The best teams put their egos to the side.
  • They also learn, grow, and work together
  • Playing everyone’s playlist during batting practice helps build conversations amongst the players.
  • When the players are comfortable together they will coach each other.
  • When in the cage the preparation needs to be based on who you’re facing.
  • It will also be about guys focusing on zoning in on their damage zones.
  • “Pass the baton.”
  • This means everyone doing their job in the offense to keep the inning going.
  • These are unselfish at bats.
  • Every team is different every year.
  • When you have a team mentality, the chance for pressure to take away your at bat goes away.
  • The hardest part is getting everyone to put their egos to the side.
  • It’s a process that has to happen every year.
  • To establish trust with all of the players: be authentic, transparent, and show that you don’t know all the answers.
  • Ask the players for answers.
  • This shows you value their input.
  • Ask the players about how their life and families are going and doing.
  • If the players thoughts aren’t focused then the results of the athlete will be sporadic.
  • Find out what’s going on, talk to them, and get them focused.
  • Players want coaches who are invested in their careers.
  • “When you see the players singing each other’s songs, you’ll know they are focused and comfortable around each other.”
  • What separates players is the work ethic, lack of complacency, and search for greatness.
  • Example: JD Martinez practices bad at bats and simulated them after the game to realize how to adjust.
  • The best players have their own process and are always working.
  • They trust their process as well.
  • The hitting coach needs to especially be an offensive coordinator.
  • There should be a constant stream of information between the hitters and hitting coach.
  • Players want to know what exactly they need to know to have success.
  • They need to know where to attack each pitcher.
  • Example: anything low stay off, anything high smash it.
  • You need to be able to verbalize the plan based off of the language of the player.
  • It’s important for the coach to talk to the players about their processes.
  • The athlete must have a why behind everything they do.
  • As coaches we need to learn the processes of each player.
  • You want to serve the players as best as you can.
  • Players and coaches need to speak ideas freely because it’s about helping the team as a whole.
  • Don’t waste time. Have a plan and stick to it.
  • Players appreciate this.
  • You want a barbershop mentality.
  • This means you accommodate for all of the processes of the player and as they come in the cage will he set up for the individual hitter
  • To gain the trust of everyone it comes down to communication
  • Players need to know you’re there to help the player better.
  • “You need to remember you’re serving the players.”
  • When players are struggling they want their coaches to be positive and tell stories and advice to relate to them.
  • “The biggest opponent in baseball is self doubt.”
  • A plan in a game will stay the same, but the approach can be adjustable.
  • “The game is the best teacher.”
  • This will help the athlete learn their feels and where to adjust and work.
  • In the middle of the game, talk to your players about what you see and have the players discuss about the adjustment being made.
  • For competition have game like at bats with the machine.
  • Keep points within the game like at bats.
  • This creates competition and game like experiences for players to create feels.
  • “Find time every day to improve yourself as a coach and as a person.”