World Champion Cardinals Send Alaska Some Secret Weapons
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Nov 4, 2011
Professional scout and former major league pitcher Brent Strom is back in Anchorage this weekend for his instructional clinic, and this time he brought with him a hitting coaching and some World Series mojo.
Strom and Jeff Albert of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals headline the annual pitching/hitting clinic for Alaska baseball players ages 10 through 19 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Dome.
“If they pay attention they are going to get some really good stuff,” said Strom, the minor league pitching coordinator with the Cardinals.
Few people know more about baseball than Strom. He’s an encyclopedia of knowledge stemming from nearly 40 years at the professional level stemming back to his playing days with the Mets, Indians and Padres in the 1970s.
He knows his way around a diamond better than a jeweler.
Now he shares his experiences with the next generation, traveling around the world for the St. Louis Cardinals and coming to Anchorage thanks to the Alliance for Support of American Legion Baseball in Alaska.
“The main consistent theme I always stick with is that I think we train our young players wrong,” Strom said. “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. So that means there is some failure at early ages but in an attempt to look long range. We can train the nicest 11-year-old team in the world, but that’s not what we do. We basically teach the young kids what’s necessary if you want to realize your dreams.
Albert, a minor league hitting instructor for the Cardinals, assures kids will be covered on both sides of the ball.
“We’ve done pitching (clinics) in the past, but this is the first time that I’ve brought a hitting guy with me,” Strom said. “Bringing Jeff up there … 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.
“To me, he’s 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.”