Trot Nixon Foreword

Note: Trot Nixon was NOT paid to write his foreword.

The

game of baseball has been “Our National Pastime” for many generations

and has now grown to a sport enjoyed across the globe. Most kids begin

their journey in baseball dreaming of one day becoming a Major League

player. They emulate their favorite stars in back yards, on the

playground, and on their local ball diamonds. They close their eyes and

imagine getting the game-winning hit or throwing a no-hitter to clinch

the seventh game of the World Series. I, too, grew up with a goal of

making it to the Major Leagues and I was fortunate to have several

coaches along the way who taught me the finer points of the game and

inspired me to reach my goal.

Many boys and girls grow up with

the ability to be fundamentally sound baseball players, either as

pitchers, hitters, defenders, catchers, or even base-stealers. Players

are taught by their coaches and parents that practice makes perfect.

Thus, they work day and night to improve their skills in order to become

the best players possible. However, what they find is that practice

doesn’t make perfect. What is needed to reach their personal best is a

combination of motivation, determination, correct instruction, positive

reinforcement, practice, and persistence. Most of all, never give up in

what you believe!

To assist coaches, players, and parents to

reach their full potential, Trent Mongero, who is a former youth, high

school, college, and professional player himself, has spent years away

from his family in order to author and complete this educational series

of baseball books and accompanying instructional DVDs. His deep

knowledge, unmatched energy, and passion to help others, makes The

Coach’s Companion series of books a must read.

Through this

detailed series of books and videos, you will be exposed to

age-appropriate fundamental instruction and drills to correctly learn

how to be a better coach, help your child improve, and play this great

game with focus and precision. It will expose you to all facets of

baseball including offensive and defensive skills, the mental side of

the game, coaching insight, and what to expect if you are a college or a

Major League prospect.

Even though I played Major League

baseball, I will never stop learning about this great game. I wish the

Winning Baseball books/videos had been out twenty years ago because it

would have only made me a better player. I hope you take the time to

read this book and help make your baseball experiences rewarding. Now is

the time for you to be the baseball coach, player, or parent you dream

of being!

Hit’em Hard,

Trot Nixon

#7 Boston Red Sox

2004 World Series Champions