Born: Columbus, Ohio
Professional: The Cleveland Indians originally drafted Eric in June 2000, in the 41st round out of Norfolk State University. He reached the Major Leagues in 2004 with the Toronto Blue Jays, after being traded on August 4, 2004. Since then, Eric has spent time with the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, and Baltimore Orioles playing a total of 11 professional seasons.
Recently, Eric has taken his passion for the game to the coaching side, working with athletes of all ages from Youth – Professional on all aspects of the game of baseball. Eric is currently the Head Varsity Baseball Coach for The Potomac School in McLean, VA and he coaches the DeMarini Stars 14U Travel team. “Hardwork” is the only way to get where you want to go. Being a Major League ballplayer was something I always wanted to be since I was a kid, watching my favorite player Eric Davis former Outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, hoping to play on the same stage someday. My Father always told me “great players get better when no one’s watching” and that’s something I’ve lived by my entire career spending hours in the cage before and after games, watching video of other hitters, as well as myself. I played the game with passion everyday of my career and that’s what I try to instill in all of my players, as baseball is a game you must play with your heart. Stephen Gussler and Lou Frazier were two coaches that helped me reach my full potential challenging me to never settle, always striving to get to the next level never getting too high or too low. I’m truly thankful to have so many people in my corner who to this day still support me in all my endeavors.
Coaching Philosophy: Hitting is one of the most debated and controversial topics in the game of baseball and for good reason. There’s more than one way to do it! I personally believe an athlete needs to be completely comfortable, as confidence/mental is everything when it comes to producing your “A” swing consistently. I teach my players how to hit the “Major League way” using their natural ability making changes to the way they think. This way a hitter maintains his swing only requiring minor adjustments here and there as he develops physically.