The old saying “practice makes perfect” pretty accurately defines Kelly Stinnett Baseball. And Kelly Stinnett knows a lot about not only practicing, but practicing the right way. “I believe that you play the way you practice,” says Stinnett, a 15-year Major League Baseball veteran. “And if you practice correctly, that’s going to pay off come game-time.”
Kelly Stinnett was known by his Big League teammates as “The Grinder” because of his unparalleled work ethic, his ability to avoid injuries with proper training and practice, and his never say die attitude and positive mental approach to the game. Now, he can teach your child the same core principles that made him a long-time success at the highest levels of the game.
At his indoor training center in Northeast Mesa, Arizona, Stinnett and his staff have the ability to train for baseball multiple times a week. “Most baseball activities require muscle memory,” Stinnett says, “and by having a place to train often, and get in lots of reps is a real plus… especially when it’s 110 degrees outside!”
Winning as an important part of any competitive sport, but player and character development is more important. “It’s also important to develop the complete player,” he says. “It’s fun to win, but winning shouldn’t come at the expense of a player’s future health.”
Stinnett was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, and played in the Majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Kansas City Royals, the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and the New York Yankees.
They say catchers know the game best, and often make the best coaches. Having been a catcher, and been on the receiving end of some of the best pitchers in the game, Stinnett knows the game inside and out.