You are not going to believe which sport Mookie Betts starred in during High School…
I am a huge believer in letting kids play as many sports as they can at young ages. Playing multiple sports help not only train different athletic movements, but also exposes kids to potential new groups of friends and allows them to find different passions.Working with Zepp, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of MLB stars and it seems like we always get into conversations about playing sports growing up. What I learned might shock you but, THEY ALL PLAYED MULTIPLE SPORTS growing up! They were like us! Not only did they play any and every sport possible at a young age, falling in love with competition, but almost all continued playing multiple sports throughout high school.
In an era where many parents hear about the need for specializing at young ages to get ahead, I think it is very important to tell the stories of multi-sport athletes who succeed in a sport professionally. It’s important to hear that kids do not need to specialize in order to succeed. In fact, I personally believe specialization at an early age can hurt most young kids. Did you know, (Changing Sports For a Second) 224 of the 256 pick in last years NFL draft were multi-sport athletes in high school? Did you know 95% of the players Urban Meyer recruits are multi-sport athletes?
To support this message, I will start to highlight a top pro every month and talk about their experience playing multiple sports and not specializing even in high school. So to start, I thought I would go big. Here are 5 MLB MVP Candidates that played multiple sports in high school. Let me know what you think about your young ones playing multiple sports growing up?
Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball
High School: Millville Senior High School
Town: Millville, New Jersey
It has been said Mike Trout could have been a star in any sport. Blessed with the tools to become the best player in baseball, Mike didn’t just focus on baseball exclusively. Mike starred in basketball winning two letters and averaging over 14 points per game. He also talks about playing golf as often as he could with his brother growing up. So even the best player in the game played multiple sports and still enjoys them today. In fact, he still plays both basketball and golf today. Judging from his dunks with Steph Curry and beating Draymond Green in P.I.G., maybe we would have seen him in Jordan’s on the court instead of his Trouts on the field.
— Scott Reiss KTVU (@StanfordVoice) April 12, 2016
Mike Trout just beat Draymond Green in a game of HORSE, now he’s taking on Stephen Curry pic.twitter.com/PUMO7S4erS
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) April 12, 2016
Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball
High School: Northwest Cabarrus High School
Town: Concord, NC
Corey not only is the runaway favorite to win the Rookie of the year but he is also a legit MVP candidate. Corey grew up in a family of brothers, one of which is fellow MLB star Kyle Seager (who played baseball, soccer and basketball). Growing up all the brothers played multiple sports together and talk a lot about how their parents encouraged them to play multiple sports and not get burned out. Corey also played high school basketball and word is, he holds the family title in ping pong too.
Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling
High School: John Overton High School
Town: Nashville, TN
Before Mookie Betts was crushing bombs at Fenway with his Axe Bat, he was the 2010 Tennessee High School Bowler of the Year. That’s right, bowling is a sport and a MLB MVP Candidate starred in it. Mookie also was the Nashville Player of the Year in basketball and an All American in Baseball. So this goes to show you don’t have to play just the classic high school sports.
Mookie has continued high passion for bowl by entering the 2015 Professional Bowlers Association‘s GEICO World Series of Bowling VII. Remember, once a multisport athlete, always a multisport athlete.
Sports Played: Baseball, Football, Basketball
High School: Faith Academy
Town: Mobile, AL
2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson not only broke records on the baseball field but he also tore it up in high school as a three sport athlete. He helped his high school win the Baseball State Championship and with his 11 interceptions at CB to Second Place in the Football State Championship. Today when he is not mastering his baseball swing, you will find him trying to master his golf swing. If his swing that he showed on the Golf Network is any indication, golf will be in his future.
Sports Played: Football, Basketball, Baseball
High School: Allen D. Nease High School
Town: Ponte Vedra, FL
JOKING! Not an MVP Candidate right now.
But seriously, Tim’s is a pretty cool story. We all know him as a Heisman Trophy Winner and as an NFL quarterback, but he played three sports in high school and starred in both football and baseball. Tim ended high school early to enroll at Florida for football, thus ending his baseball career. But it turns out, the passion for his second sport, baseball, never died and he will now get a shot at at pro ball with the Mets.
Pretty cool to now see these guys all played more than just baseball growing up. So the next time you feel pressure to make your 8 year old start focusing on one sport, remember that the best players in Baseball right now played multiple sports through high school. And most STILL play multiple sports to this day. Stay tuned for more articles about star pro players who became successful without having to specialize in a sport when kids.
What sports did you play when you were growing up? What sports do your kids play during the year?
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