My name is Sean Travers. I have been the Director Of Player Development for the Ontario Blue Jays in Toronto, Canada since 2002. Prior to that I was the Director of The Cito Gaston Baseball Academy. The beautiful thing about baseball is that you literally can learn and see something new everyday. As instructors/coaches everything we teach is plagiarized. The good ones learn a fundamental or drill and work to make it their own. We are the sum of our experiences. I have been blessed with some of the greatest experiences. As a high school student I was the batboy/clubhouse attendant for every visiting team that came into Toronto between 1986-1989. That gave me the opportunity to watch and work with the best middle infielders in the world.
Spike Owen helped me with my range, Ozzie Guillen inspired me to compete everyday, Cal Ripken showed me how to be professional, Harold Reynolds made sure I had fun, and Omar Vizquel taught me how to have incredibly quick hands. Besides all of the visiting players I would often play first base for Tony Fernandez while he took ground balls during batting practice and got to see how creative he was.
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I graduated high school early in January of 1990 (yes at that time Canadians went to 5 years of high school) and moved to Orlando, FL to work at the Doyle Baseball School. There I met the greatest infield coach in the world, Brian Doyle. Not only did I get to work with Brian everyday but I also got to workout with pro players getting ready for Spring Training.
My freshman year in college was at Texarkana College in Texas. There my head coach was Dave Van Horn (now at Arkansas) and the pitching coach was Rob Childress (now at Texas A&M). Both of these coaches are incredible baseball guys and coach Van Horn is a great infield coach. I finished up my college career at Dallas Baptist playing for the legend Jim Harp. There we set the National Record for double plays my sophomore year then broke it my junior year. After college, I played a championship season in the Frontier League for the Johnstown Steal. My manager there was Mal Fichman (as a scout he has signed over 120 Major League Players), the hitting coach was Keith Lytle (one of the best hitting coaches in College Baseball at OCU) and Wayne Rosenthal (Pitching Coach For Miami Marlins 2003 World Championship team) was the pitching coach.
As you can see, I got to work with the best coaches every step of the way. With the Ontario Blue Jays I got to work with Brian Butterfield who many consider the best infield coach in MLB. After we were done, I told him even his cue words were words I used everyday and I asked him who taught him about fielding. His response was not surprising “Brian Doyle”.
Not only have I worked with some of the best coaches in the world, I also get to work with tremendous athletes everyday. With the OBJ we have had over 75 Middle Infielders receive scholarships (over 20 played D1) and 12 pro middle infielders including Pan Am games hero and former MLB Peter Orr.
I started the SIXFOUR CLUB because I have a passion for everything middle infield. I will post videos of our drills and look forward to your responses. In my work you will see a little from every coach I have had the privilege to work with. Hopefully we will start a community where everyone will get better. #sixfourclub #jointheclub
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