California Baseball Institute

California Baseball Institute


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I teach specialty drills to become fundumentally sound in pitching, hitting, catching, outfield and infield. I founded the Rhode Island Baseball Institute in Rhode Island in 1992. I turned the company over to my friends and coach who helped me start it. I only took $10.00 as payment for the school even though I owned 100% of the stock for the first two years. We had over 3,000 students our first two years. Four of my students went on to play in the major leagues and over 25 were signed and played in the minor leagues. Several hundred received college scholarships to Division I schools.

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Chatsworth, CA 91311
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

All of my students regardless of age do the same drills. The only players that are treated differently are pitcher's. I will not teach a player how to throw a curveball or any other breaking pitch until the player is at least thirteen years old. The growth plate in the elbow isn't developed and it puts the player at risk of injury.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1971 out of high school. I signed and played for them for two years. I was signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent in winter of 1973 and hurt my arm near the end of that season. I made a comeback in 1978 after not touching a baseball for five years and was given a major league contract from the Chicago Cubs.

I coached little league, babe ruth baseball for several years beginning while I was a sophmore in high school. In 1986 & 87 I was the pitching coach for Brown University. In 1991, I took a break from my sales management position and coached my high school baseball team for two years. I started the baseball school in 1992. In the fall of 1993 I served as the pitching coach for the University of Rhode Island. 

How did you get started doing this type of work?

Helping my father coach his little league team while I was a sophomore in high school.

What types of customers have you worked with?

little league to the pro's

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