Cardinals’ coaches in town for clinic (Baseball)

November 4, 2011

Brent Strom

It’s not very often you get to learn first-hand from a world champion.

But pitching coach Brent Strom and hitting coach Jeff Albert of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals organization are in town to provide professional instruction for young ballplayers dreaming of making the big leagues.

The clinic runs today through Sunday at The Dome.

“The main theme I always stick with is that I think we train our young players wrong,” Strom told me. “I think we train them to kind of be at the level that they’re at, but the way Jeff and I train is to get them to hopefully reach the highest of their potential. We basically teach the young kids what’s necessary if you want to realize your dreams.

“It’s a very difficult game and it takes a great deal of time.”

However, the methodical process isn’t for everyone.

“It’s the parents who have a difficult time with it because they don’t want to see little ‘Johnny’ fail,” Strom said. “The kids love being athletic and moving and throwing hard and swinging the bat hard and hitting the ball hard.”

Strom, a former major leaguer with the Mets, Indians and Padres, has done clinics here before. This time he brought a hitting coach, too.

“To me, Jeff is one of the best there is. He’ll add a great deal to this program and I’m real pleased to have him up here,” Strom said. “If parents take advantage of this they will be on the cutting edge of how the body really wants to move to create power and contact.”