"TPBL" was developed by Coach Joe Hernandez to serve baseball players from Illinois and the greater Chicagoland area, with a focus on: Hitting, Catching, Infield play and Pitching . All players will be coached in a Professional Baseball style and manner. Drills and workouts come directly from Minor and Major League Baseball fields, and are proven to work. The goal is to give the edge to our players by helping them become a "complete ballplayer". Joe Hernandez gives you a recipe for success that will enable you to reach your maximum physical and mental potential. Whether you are in Middle school and want to compete for a position in High school or a High school player with College or Professional aspirations, Coach Hernandez will help you reach your goals and dreams.
Every baseball player or coach will eventually take off the uniform and walk away from the field. It is a long, lonely walk and one that we try our hardest to put off as long as we can. Our thoughts run back to those earliest stages of the game filled with dirty uniforms and giggles with your friends in the dugout. Let me tell you; that feeling never changes
This game is about the relationship; the relationship with the game, the relationship with your teammates, the relationship with your coach and the relationship with your parents and friends who spend their Saturdays in the stands watching us.
Every player who has walked away from this game will tell you about the relationships.
The relationships with the grass as you stretch in the outfield. The relationship with the way the dirt is kicked around under your feet in the batter’s box, on the mound, or in the infield.
The relationship with the baseball: The way it feels in your hand when you flip from hand to glove. The way your little hand tries new grips that you hope will turn into a wonderful curveball.
The relationship with the glove: How you mold it and fold and bend it into perfection and pound it with excitement, disbelief or anger.
The relationship with your bat: How you might tape it or spread pine tar across the handle and the way it feels in your fingertips with or without your batting gloves.
The relationship with the dugout: Only a baseball player knows that dugout and what goes on in that wonderfully dirty space that is only for you and you teammates. The dugout will tell stories. Some will be good and some will be bad but those stories stay within that space.
The relationship with your uniform: Every player wears their uniform in their own way to fit their own style of play or attitude and the freedom of that individuality is allowed in a game where everyone is wearing the same outfit.
I can go on and on about the relationships in this game. But the long and short of it is this; enjoy this beautiful game. Enjoy every aspect of it. Enjoy the lessons that it teaches you even when you don’t want to listen. Trust me: baseball, like your mom, will continue to try to teach you the lesson and eventually it will sink into your heart.
I love this game and always will because like a good friend, it was and always will be there.
Coach Hernandez is scheduling Individual Lessons in: Darien, Illinois. ALL players work directly with Coach Joe Hernandez. Coach Hernandez will travel to provide Team lessons.
Each lesson is broken down into 2 parts (Drills & Skills). The drill portion of the lesson is designed to create habits and body movements that allow a player to improve his hitting, fielding or pitching mechanics. Coach Hernandez teaches individual body movements. Each movement is broken down into pieces and each piece is trained individually through a variety of drills to help create new and correct habits. When each movement becomes consistent and the player has a good fundamental base, we move onto the skill portion of the lesson. The skill portion of the lesson consists of actual hitting, fielding, or throwing. This allows a player to implement the skills and mechanics covered in the drill phase. Each player is given specific things to work on at home to allow for a positive progression from week to week. Players usually attend lessons once or twice a week. Coach Hernandez offers lessons year round to allow the serious players the best opportunity for improvement.
Coach Hernandez creates a positive environment that is all baseball all the time.