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February 20, 2020  

Matt Borgschulte- MiLB Hitting Coach, Minnesota Twins

February 20, 2020

During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Matt Borgschulte, MiLB Hitting Coach, for the Minnesota Twins. Matt Borgschulte discusses where his baseball career has taken him, the importance of working on the swing in the off-season, helping players process the mental side of success, how to train for adjustability and pitch recognition. 

Episode Highlights: 

 

  • How did Matt Borgschulte get involved in baseball and as a coach?   
  • How does the off-season look like for Matt Borgschulte as far as goals? 
  • What should be focused on in the off-season? 
  • What are some different ways to help players make better decisions? 
  • Are these particular things that Matt looks for when viewing player videos? 
  • Is there an example of a common movement limitation that he sees often? 
  • What are some ways that we can train for adjustability?  
  • How does he help players deal with the mental process of playing baseball?   
  • What are some ways that he gets players to get ingrained in competition? 
  • How has he become a better communicator?  
  • What does he do to be a better communicator with guys with whom English isn’t their first language? 
  • How does Matt Borgschulte prioritize individual development within the season?
  • Each player is different when it comes to what they need to get better.
  • What are some things that he is very intentional about? 
  • What is something that Matt Borgschulte is excited about learning and applying? 
  • Is there anything he is looking to improve on? 
  • What are things his players get excited about doing during practice? 
  • Is there anything that he believes that other coaches might disagree with? 
  • What is something we would notice at one of Matt Borgschulte’s practices? 
  • Are there any resources that Matt Borgschulte would recommend?  
  • Are there any competitions that he likes to use with players? 
  • What are things that he is looking for when watching video? 
  • How does he help players whom English isn’t their first language? 
  • How does he go about individualizing training in the team setting? 

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Training pitch recognition is important for helping players make better decisions.  
  2. Game Sense Sports offers an app for training pitch recognition: gamesensesports.com
  3. Ways to train for adjustability include: changing the environment, changing the task, and you can change what you implement. 

 

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Some of the things I really tried to accomplish this fall season is just to continuing to study the swing, a little bit more in-depth than you can do in-season.” – Matt Borgschulte (04:16)
  • “I think in the off-season it is a great time to really dig in on the swing in terms of making certain swing adjustments, much more difficult to do in-season, especially when you are trying to perform that day or that week.” – Matt Borgschulte (05:18)
  • “The first place you really need to start or you need to look when it comes to any athletic movement is how that specific athlete’s body moves.” – Matt Borgschulte (08:33)
  • “As hitting coaches, we really need to be able to work with strength conditioning, athletic training, so we can better understand each athlete’s movement capabilities.” – Matt Borgschulte (08:43)
  • “When you talk about the mental side it is just understanding what success is and recalculating and redefining what that is for each guy.” – Matt Borgschulte (14:18)
  • “It is such a long season and the work you have to put in day in and day out it can get monotonous for sure. But, creating competition is a great way to kind of keep the energy and focus during a long season.” – Matt Borgschulte (17:03)
  • “Communication is so huge, especially when you are working with professional players that have had a lot of success.” – Matt Borgschulte (18:57)
  • “What I’ve found is that if you show that you are willing to try and you are willing to mess up and you are willing to put yourself out there they (foreign language players) are going to respect that a lot more than just using a translator.” – Matt Borgschulte (21:22)

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