Join host Nick Holmes and his array of guests as they prove you do not have to be a Hall of Fame player, first round draft pick or even a high school standout to have a successful career in the sport of baseball. Brought to you by the World Baseball Experience, Love the Game. Live the Dream is an entertaining, yet insightful look at some of the baseball world's brightest and most talented minds.
#019. - Shaun Larkin - Flippin' the Practice Game on its Head
“The universe is based on balance and baseball is no different." – Shaun Larkin
Shaun was born and raised in Southern California. His journey through the game like a lot of others before him was met with tough decisions and unplanned consequences. He was fortunate enough to play seven years professionally after being part of one of the best college seasons in Cal State Northridge history. His passion for the game and desire to stay a part of it for life ignited his coaching career and eventually landed him a position that was created by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. He is now the first ever Coordinator of Skill Development for the Dodgers and plays a massive role in working with a team of coaches and trainers to flip the standard practice of baseball on its head. His background in the game, paired with his Masters Degree in Performance Psychology, has armed him with the tools necessary to challenge the norm and revolutionize the sport and how to practice and perfect it. After spending time in Arizona, Larkin and his wife Denise who happens to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst currently reside in McKinney, Texas with their two children Cason(3) and Corrie(1). Get ready to be schooled in some out of the box thinking and here what one of the top young minds in the game is thinking and why. Enjoy!
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Shaun shares with us in this episode:
How to put yourself in the right environment to get what you want in your career.
Designing a better game like practice.
Understanding your players first before you can teach them anything.
How the game is changing in all areas from scouting to development.
And many more things baseball and non-baseball related.
#018. - Tyler Adkison - Getting Up After Getting Knocked Down
“Baseball, you could say basically raised me to be the person I am. It is literally everything." – Tyler Adkison
This week's guest is former San Diego State Outfielder Tyler Adkison. After playing for the legendary Tony Gwynn, Tyler was drafted by the L.A. Dodgers but retired after his rookie season, choosing to help young professional athletes instead of competing as one. Check out this fascinating conversation with a truly unique road traveled by a Baseball lifer!
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#017. - Hannah Huesman
“We try to train the mind to not necessarily be reactive but proactive." – Hannah Huesman
She grew up a two-sport athlete competing against her younger brother and eventually choosing softball to compete at the college level. Hannah Huesman is the second Love the Game. Live the Dream guest that was raised in Knoxville, TN. Listen to her passion as she tells us about the trending yet very important role of being a Mental Skills Coach for the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
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Check out her Instagram show - #Mental Sweat Mondays! A quick 1-minute video of her tips on how and why it is important to check in with your mind as much as your body!
Hannah shares with us in this episode:
The role of confidence in athletes (NOT what you think)
The growth of mental skills coaches in today's sports world
Challenges parents face and how to help your child athlete
Going after things you may not think are attainable
And much, much more!
#016. - Frank Marcos
Scouting veteran Frank Marcos joins the show to talk about his life in Baseball.
#015. - Chris Snyder - Honkball to Hollywood
Born and raised in Knoxville, TN on a mission to make it to the Big Leagues. Chris Snyder talks about learning how to pitch at a young age after giving up on the dream to be a left-handed catcher.
#014. Justin Volman - College Baseball Scouting Network
A Red Sox fan born in the heart of Yankeeville, Justin Volman is the CEO of the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network. A recent graduate of the University of Alabama this young, ambitious entrepreneur took his award-winning 2017 Aldag Business Plan concept into the real world to help high school and college baseball players get the recognition and exposure he feels a lot of them lack in the sport.