During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Chase Lambin, Hitting Coach in the Texas Rangers organization. Coach Lambin shares information about hitting, pushing players to be their own coaches, learning from everybody, creating a proper teaching environment, and how to deliver data to players without overwhelming them.
- How did Chase Lambin get involved in baseball and as a coach?
- What are some learned lessons Chase has acquired?
- What does the off-season look like for Chase Lambin
- Where does he start in the process of coaching?
- How does Chase relate to and get to know his players better?
- What does Chase Lambin say to players to access their confidence?
- How does he help players make better decisions?
- What are some different competitions that he uses with players?
- How does he balance individual training needs within the team setting while trying to win games?
- How can we filter data to players to be the most beneficial to them?
- Is there anything that Chase Lambin believes that other coaches might disagree with?
- What are some things that he works on with players on a regular basis?
- What are some of his favorite books and resources?
- Play baseball with joy. It is what we do, not who we are.
3 Key Points:
- As a coach, be a “mentern” - a combination of a mentor and an intern.
- Every swing is like a snowflake. Each one is different for the situation and the moment.
- Chase Lambin wants his players to be their own best coaches.
- “I have a list of goals for the off-season, and all of it involves learning and growing. First off, I have to make up for lost time with my wife and kids because I think pro ball can be a bit of a grind and it puts a strain on a family.” – Chase Lambin (03:57)
- “Everybody has something to offer. Whether it be a first-year pro player, a college kid, a 10-year big league veteran, or a coach that has coached for 40 years.” – Chase Lambin (04:47)
- “There is no right and wrong. There is what does and does not work. I really don’t subscribe to absolutes.” – Chase Lambin (07:55)
- “We are more psychologists than we are mechanic. I usually start with a lot of questions that have nothing to do with baseball. I try to ask about their siblings, their parents, or do they have a girlfriend.” – Chase Lambin (11:28)
- “I think sometimes all a hitter needs to hear sometimes is that they are not alone.” – Chase Lambin (22:10)
- “You’ve got to create the environment to teach. You’ve got to train it.” – Chase Lambin (26:14)
- “When you make the preparation and the training as competitive as the game. It’s like getting a running start into the actual competition.” – Chase Lambin (33:10)
- “The last thing I want to do is muddy the waters. My main job is to distill information and give it to them in digestible chunks.” – Chase Lambin (41:45)