Northern Nevada Baseball Academy focuses on teaching
Martin, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AA affiliate in Altoona, Pa., last year, will report to minor league spring training on March 1.
This winter, he is running the Northern Nevada Baseball Academy to give Carson Valley youth baseball players the opportunity to improve their skills in all phases of the game.
“The Little League season is so short, there’s not enough time for the coaches to cover everything, like hitting and pitching and fielding and base running and baseball strategy,” Martin said. “I want the kids to learn the proper techniques of hitting, pitching and playing defense. I hope I’m able to do that.”
Each Thursday night since November, Martin and fellow coach Scott Albin D both of whom played baseball at UNR D have been working with a dozen Carson Valley 10- to 14-year-olds.
Albin, who played for the Montreal Expos AA affiliate last summer, works with the pitchers and catchers. Martin puts together practice plans for the Thursday night workouts and gives individual hitting lessons to all of the participants throughout the week.
Each of the Northern Nevada Baseball Academy students pays $240 per month for 16 hours of instruction. The workouts will continue through Feb. 23.
Martin, 25, played his high school baseball in Southern California before moving on to UNR, where he met his future wife Jeanne Dossey, a 1994 Douglas High graduate.
He played two seasons with the Hal Wheeler-coached Nevada Yankees amateur baseball team in 1995 and 1997.
“I spent a lot of time in the Carson Valley and I really enjoyed Douglas County,” Martin said of his reason for choosing the location for his baseball academy.