We’re Talking Baseball; Frazier Baseball
By Christa Riddle
Toms River–In Toms River, the last name Frazier is synonymous with baseball. All three of the Frazier brothers, Jeff, and Todd, achieved every player’s dream of making it to the big leagues. Charles, known as Charlie, was drafted out of high school by the Florida Marlins in 1999, bypassing his Rutgers University scholarship to play professionally. He went on to represent the Marlins at the Midwest League All-Stars in 2002. Jeff, after playing with success for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2004; he now plays for the Chicago Cubs. Todd, the youngest brother, currently plays for the Cincinnati Reds, who drafted him as the 34th overall MLB draft pick in 2007. Back in 1998, Todd had already experienced fame at 12 years old: his pitching and hitting helped lead his Toms River East All- Stars team to clinch the Little League World Series.
While Jeff and Todd still play for the majors, the oldest of the Frazier brothers, Charlie, has channeled his baseball talents into youth baseball coaching and instruction. “I felt all of my experiences– learning under the coaching talents of Ken Frank at Toms River South High School, competing against the best of the best during my six years on the Florida Marlins, and now becoming the assistant baseball coach at my former high school– would be an asset as a baseball instructor,” shares Charlie. Last March, after coaching individual lessons to a few kids a week, Charlie founded Frazier Baseball with the passion to teach young players how to hit the ball. This past August, Frazier Baseball hosted its first baseball camp, helping players improve their skills at throwing, bunting, base running, fielding, game play, game strategizing, and Charlie’s specialty, hitting.
In September, Frazier Baseball met with another opportunity to grow when Phil Hueston, one of All-Star Sports Academy’s owners, approached Charlie about bringing his baseball instruction to his academy’s well-known sports and fitness training facility in Toms River. On September 1st, the baseball nets went up; Charlie did his first lesson at Frazier Baseball’s new home on September 4th. At its new location, Frazier Baseball offers individual and group training sessions with per lesson and package availability, as well as cage rentals and player clinics. The climate-controlled, indoor cages are perfect for winter training for teams and players as preparation for the upcoming spring season. This winter, the Frazier brothers will unite to host several clinics between the months of November and February.
“With what I have learned and have been taught over the years, I look forward to teaching our young, upcoming athletes. My main hope is that these young players understand it doesn’t stop when the lesson ends. They have to go home and practice what I have taught them. Discipline and dedication are important for success in sports,” says Charlie. Those who have been coached by Charlie remark on his contagious passion for baseball. This, along with his comprehendible teaching style and ability to simplify the game, make “Coach Frazier” a favorite to his young players. Frazier Baseball’s hitting instruction is based on Charlie’s patented main philosophy, “See the Ball- Throw Your Hands,”™ which he explains: “In baseball, you have to see the ball first before you can hit it. Then, you use your hands to hit the ball harder.”
For more information on Frazier Baseball, such as drill videos, pricing, programs, clinics, and “Fraziers in the News,” visit www.frazierbaseball.com. Charlie can also be reached at 732-703-7290 or 732-433-6461.
-Article written by Christa Riddle, owner of All About Writing, www.allaboutwritingconsulting.com