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Interview with LA Dodger's Corey Seager

This is a really cool article Matt Paulsen wrote on LA Dodger's, Corey Seager.

Shawn Wooten- AA Hitting Coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers

Check out this cool Article and Video with Hit Dawg's owner, Shawn Wooten, who is also a hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers's AA Tulsa Drillers!

    A Baseball & Softball Academy that is Dedicated

    We are dedicated to ensuring the proper development of all kids. It does not matter your age, nor size. We start by working on the basic needs so that kids are able to compete at all levels. I learned early in my career that I could be a better baseball player by learning basic fundamentals. That is what made me into a Major League Player. I was not the biggest, nor was I the strongest. Yet, I played against Major League Players. I attribute my success to what I call "Baseball 101."  This is based on learning how to play the game properly, so that the game becomes easier for the player to compete when he is not the biggest player on the field. When you put a great athlete, and Baseball 101 together you have something special. We are dedicated to helping your son become the best baseball player he can be. Hit Dawg coaches and l work on building baseball players to prepare them for the next level of play.

    Hit Dawg Academy will do the following:

    • Help Build Player's Confidence
    • Teach Proper Technique
    • Teach Proper Fundamentals
    • Ensure that Players Learn Baseball 101

    Partnership with Baseball Advising Team (B.A.T) College Recruiting Service

    Hit Dawg Academy is excited to announce a new partnership with the Baseball Advising Team (B.A.T.) college recruiting service. B.A.T. was formed by Hit Dawg instructor, Matt Paulsen. Matt has teamed up with Tony Manville, an Associate Scout for the Miami Marlins, and who has extensive college recruiting experience. B.A.T is made up of a team of baseball instructors, college coaches, and professional scouts that tap players into a network of college coaches that is second to none in the Midwest.

    B.A.T. will officially launch in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye open for special deals for Hit Dawg Academy Players!

    *B.A.T. services are included in the Hit Dawg Elite Program, so there will not be any charge for the B.A.T. services for the Elite Team Players

    Hit Dawg's New Pitching Coordinator!

    Hit Dawg would like to welcome new Pitching Coordinator & Instructor, Tony Manville! Tony will be starting at Hit Dawg on 8/24/15, and will be available for lessons starting then. We are very happy that Tony is joining our team, and excited about the great things he will bring to our Academy Programs!!

    Tony Manville is from New Lenox, IL and went to Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago. After high school, Tony went on to play collegiate baseball at the University of Iowa as a pitcher. He spent two seasons there and then transferred to Northern Illinois University where he still holds the single season wins record (9).

    After college, Tony jumped right into coaching at Robert Morris University in Chicago. He has spent the past three years there as the Associate Head Coach/ Recruiting Coordinator, while handling all aspects of the pitching staff. His staff led the conference in ERA and numerous other statistics all three seasons.

    Along with coaching at RMU, Tony is now in his third season as a coach (1st as Head Coach) for the Waterloo Bucks in the prestigious Northwoods League. He led the best pitching staff in the league in 2013 and helped guide the Bucks to the winningest record ever in any collegiate summer league at 51-19. He is also in his third year as an Associate Scout with the Miami Marlins.

    Tony has a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Management and Sports Administration.


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