How to Become a Professional Pro Baseball Player
How to Become a Professional Baseball Player
I remember growing up how much I aspired to be a professional baseball player. I would enjoy going to practice and loved playing in those Little League games. I would spend hours just throwing tennis balls against the brick wall next to our garage door. I would practice fielding the ball off the wall and then throwing it back to the wall like I was throwing out a runner; it was great!
My love only grew as I got older even though I noticed the pool of players participating in organized leagues starting to dwindle a little bit. I saw friends that I had been playing with, and against, for years start to play other sports or even quit sports completely. Not me, I was having way too much fun to hang up my cleats.
Eventually I faced the inevitable, that so many players have to when aspiring to become a professional athlete, and ended my playing career in favor of starting a family instead. I would be lying if I said I don’t wonder about what would have come out of me sticking with baseball and postponing the family life I have now. I certainly have no regrets but I do wonder how I would have fared in the minor leagues.
Becoming a professional baseball player is no easy undertaking. You are competing against possibly hundreds of other aspiring young athletes trying to do reach the same goal that you are. In my opinion becoming a professional baseball player is harder than it is to become a professional basketball or football player. Neither the National Football League nor National Basketball Association has extensive minor league teams whose sole purpose is to help in the polishing of players who are trying to make it to the big leagues. With the absence of such leagues it shows how competitive it is to become a professional baseball player; I’m not trying to burst anyone’s bubble but reality tells us how difficult this is to do.
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There are steps that can be taken to improve your chances at becoming a professional baseball player. The first thing is practice, lots of practice. Even the professional players practice religiously, what do you think spring training is for? They run through all of those boring and mundane drills we have all participated in. They are probably the least enjoyable aspect of baseball but honing these skills is what helps build very good ballplayers.
In the spirit of practice, don’t forget to practice your brain. Having a strong intelligence of the game is crucial so you know what to do on the field when situations present themselves. Physical errors are inevitable, you will drop a ball or make an errant throw, but mental errors can be greatly reduced if you know ahead of time what to do with the ball.
When I was playing I went to a couple of camps that were put on by former professional players. Participating in these camps was great for me because I got a chance to work with the people that have gotten to where I wanted to go. I also got the opportunity to talk to a few of them about the game, that kind of information can be very valuable.
I would also recommend seeing if any former professional players teach lessons in your area. Our son needed some fine tuning and my instructions were just not working. After years of coaching I have learned that sometimes a player can really benefit from someone, other than dad, providing tips and directions. We found a guy who played years of college baseball before his career was derailed by injuries. After a dozen or so lessons with him our son had overcome the things holding his swing back and why his accuracy was not as good as it could have been on the mound. The money was well spent because it helped him on the field as well as boosting his confidence in his abilities.
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All of the talent in the world won’t help you become a professional baseball player if you have poor grades. Do not overlook your studies. If you want to play high school baseball schools have a minimum grade point average that you have to maintain. If a pro career is part of your goals you need to be playing competitive baseball to get noticed. Colleges can’t see you play if you are academically ineligible to play and they definitely won’t consider you for any scholarships based on word of mouth only.
Strong competition will also push you to become a better player. Players have a tendency to play down to their competition. Challenging yourself on the field is a very important part of a players’ development.
I would also reach out to any minor league organization or any independent league team in your area about the possibility of open tryouts. Sometimes these teams will have a weekend tryout dedicated to allowing people to walk in off of the streets hoping to get a pro deal. If they are not having open tryouts ask if they know about any organization that is, you never know. The key is to get that experience and get your name out there in hopes of being discovered.
Hard Work Pays
To become a professional baseball player you will need to work very hard and not be discouraged by any bad news you get along the way. Very rarely do players skip the minor leagues and go straight to the bigs. Remember that there are professional scouts constantly touring the nation for the next sure thing. Getting on their radar is a start but if they don’t peg you as the next superstar don’t give up. Remember very good players like Albert Pujols and Mike Piazza were not supposed to be that good; they were drafted in the thirteenth and sixty-second rounds respectively. That should be enough proof that even these professionals make mistakes in their evaluations. Work hard and force them to give you a chance; then go out there and knock their socks off.