Athletes go the extra mile to excel in baseball

Opportunity isn’t in short supply for baseball players who want to improve their skills.

Schools are more common, such as the Scott Hemond School of Baseball, located in Destin and owned and operated by the former Major League Baseball player. Travel teams are also a big deal as elite players often compete with teams outside their home state.

“I don’t think the game has changed. I just think the training has gotten better,” Hemond said. “More information is available to athletes and more options exist for playing and training.”

Hemond, the 12th overall pick in the 1986 draft, played eight MLB seasons, including six with the Oakland Athletics. He said he stresses the importance of athleticism to athletes.

As a pro, he was a catcher but also saw time at second and third base.

“When you are an athlete, you can play other positions,” Hemond said. “I played in the infield because of my strength and speed. That is something we’re focusing on a lot more. Our hope is to build the best athlete possible.”

Read the full story in the July 30 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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