Fernando Arenado, father of Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, discusses Nolan's path to the bigs, how it's different from Nolan's siblings Cousy and Jonah, and how he embraced each child's paths. Plus, Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about off-season pitching drills for control.
In this 46-minute episode, you'll learn:
- whether the Arenado boys played just baseball or other sports also
- which sport each Arenado boy excelled in
- which sport the boys were introduced to first
- how old the boys were when they first played baseball
- at what age Fernando noticed each Arenado boy starting to be above average
- whether Fernando thinks competitiveness is instilled or born with
- whether Fernando told the boys he expected them to be great
- what Fernando's baseball parenting philosophy was
- whether Fernando's teaching style during the boys' younger years was more laid-back or more instructional
- at what age Fernando started coaching the boys, and when he stopped
- why his most talented son Cousy quit baseball, and how he reacted
- when Nolan developed a love for the game, and whether Nolan's love for the game ever faded
- whether Nolan was always a power hitter, and how Nolan became a power hitter
- how Jonah and Nolan differed when younger
- when Fernando believed Nolan could be a major league ballplayer
- what age each of the Arenado boys started travelball, and whether Fernando sought out travel teams
- Fernando's take on travelball
- some fielding drills Fernando did with the boys
- whether Nolan worked out as a teen
- Fernando's view of the nature vs nature debate
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Nolan Arenado hitting off the tee as a three-year-old
- Interview with Tom Zobrist, father of Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist
- David Epstein's argument for nature over nurture, The Sports Gene book
- Interview with Gina Parris
- Interview with Travis Kerber part 1 and part 2
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