The Tools of Greatness is an in-depth, easily accessible catching instructional book that details the most important position on the diamond. With fundamental, mechanical, and developmental insight, players and coaches alike have a definite guide to enhance catching ability. Coach Humphrey takes his experience as a player, coach, and scout, and provides secrets and disciplines to help catchers reach their potential. With instructional excerpts and guidance from major college and professional coaches, the book is appropriate for youngsters as well as high-level athletes and coaches looking to improve one or all areas. Leadership, receiving, blocking, throwing, and defensive plays around the plate are highlighted in detail with drills and progression. Also included: A coaching plan, note to bull pen catchers, and a chapter detailing what college and pro scouts look for. With Mario Garza--New York Yankees, Jeff Ware--New York Yankees, Randy Mazey--West Virginia University, and Jim Thompson--New York Mets.
Bobby Humphrey was born and raised in Michigan, and played his college baseball at Spring Arbor University, where he lettered four years as a catcher. Since graduating, he has coached all levels with the exception of professional, including two years as a head varsity coach, one year in the Valley Baseball League, and numerous camps and clinics throughout the country. He has coached several players that have gone on to the college level and beyond. Currently, Coach Humphrey is an assistant coach at NCAA DIII Southern Virginia University. He also began as an Associate Scout for the New York Mets in 2009. He resides in central Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.