Teaching the game of Life through the sport of Baseball



Baseball has a lot in common with the game of life. For those who have the privilege to play this beautiful game, the difficult nature of baseball provides an opportunity to foster a mentality of grit and perseverance. 

Babe Ruth’s career batting average was .342. That means that 66% of the time he took the plate, he struck out. In baseball, there is a fine line between success and failure, yet our athletes are not properly educated to understand or to cope with this. But with proper guidance from parents and coaches, young men can come to develop a “progress mentality” that will serve them throughout their life.  

Every day, young talented athletes walk away from the game they once loved only because they are ill-equipped to deal with its challenges. Athletic ability and performance-driven development are pillars of Mint’s philosophy, but the heartbeat of our mission is to foster a mindset of growth and tenacity that is not only crucial for the game of baseball, but for the game of life.

We don’t need better athletes. We need better competitors.



As a former professional baseball player, I know the power that a negative mindset can have all too well. The lack of a strong positive mentality can be, as I’ll be the first to say, career-ending. With an extensive background in coaching, from youth athletes for Fortune 500 CEOs, 

I help develop positive self-image and self-worth to push people to become the best versions of themselves. 

The fear of messing up, letting down teammates and parents, or striking out is powerful. Fear is the very thing that limited my career, along with many other athletes, like me, who were athletically gifted but lacked the proper mentality to persevere. Today, I help advance the physical abilities of young athletes through age/position-specific workouts, nutrition guidance, and mental performance. We are focused on developing a “Mint Mindset” through growth-based activities, reading assignments, and 1-on-1 mentoring.



Mint Academy is a robust curriculum designed to help young baseball players get the most out of their game. The world is filled with technical and fundamental coaches, but there’s a reason every major sports team has several mental performance coaches on their staff. The sports world is finally recognizing the incredible power that a proper mindset can have on athletic execution. Mint Academy helps establish this sort of mindset in baseball players at an early age so that they can become the best versions of themselves, both on and off the field. Mint Academy students will work through nine different “innings” or chapters that help them to create effective habits and practices, thereby empowering them to take their game to the next level. 

Click to learn more about what’s included in Mint Academy, including 1on1 Zoom Sessions with JA, a physical signing box, nutrition plan, and more!

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Every young baseball player wants to become a better athlete. And as parents and coaches, it’s easy to want to develop the best players by any means necessary. But what if being the best didn’t start on the field, or even in the batting cage? At Mint, we believe that results are driven by mindset…and the most successful players in the world would agree. In baseball, striking out is far more likely than hitting a single, let alone a home run. But in a world of instant gratification filled with “home run” approaches to both sports and life, our young athletes are not equipped with the proper mindset to either prepare for or manage adversity. But they can be.

Excellence begins with a mindset. We finish what we start, we honor the physical abilities we are blessed with, we are present, we are driven, we pursue perfection but accept failure as a natural byproduct of hard work, we are committed to the best versions of ourselves.



Every parent wants what is best for their kid, but it can be easy for us to forget two important aspects of baseball.


John Wooden once said, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” It’s easy to lose sight of the incredible influence that we as coaches have in a young athlete’s life.


Players, if anyone ever tells you that you can’t be the hardest working kid in the room while having the most fun…they’re wrong.
“A healthy sense of belonging, a beautiful image of themselves and a bucket of confidence is maybe the greatest gift we can give our youth”


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