Mike Epstein
 
Mike Epstein is one of America's top hitting analysts, instructors, speakers, and published writers. His uncanny ability to simplify the complexities of the baseball swing has thrust him to the forefront of America's hitting coaches. The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper calls Mike "Baseball's hitting guru."

Prior to Mike’s teaching years, he was an All-American baseball player and still holds the highest lifetime batting average of .384 at the University of California (Berkeley). He was a member of the first United States Olympic Baseball Team, leading the team in many offensive hitting categories (Japan, 1964). He was named the Sporting News and Topps Minor League Player-of-the-Year in 1966.

Click Here To Read Commentary...
 
Mike played for the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers, and California Angels from 1966 through 1974. He broke a longstanding Senators’ record for lefties by hitting 30 homeruns in 1969, culminating in winning the American League's prestigious Player Win Average Award, given to the league’s most productive offensive player (Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey won it in the National League).

Mike also became one of a very select few in Major League history by belting four home runs in four consecutive at bats in 1971. He also led the World Champion Oakland A’s in home runs in 1972.

After mentoring for a ten year period under baseball’s greatest batsman, Ted Williams, Mike Epstein continued his career in baseball as a minor league manager and hitting coordinator, which has led to his current career as one of baseball’s leading independent hitting instructors and consultants for baseball and softball.

Williams issued the ultimate compliment by saying, “I believe Mike Epstein comprehends and teaches the science of proper hitting (“hips leading hands”) as skillfully as anyone I have run across in all my years in baseball. He can help any hitter."

More About Mike:

    • Member, first United States Olympic baseball team [Tokyo, 1964]
    • Still holds highest lifetime batting average at the University of California, Berkeley [.384]
    • Class A California League Rookie-of-the-Year and Player-of-the-Year, League MVP [1965]
    • Class AAA International League Rookie-of-the-Year and Player-of-the-Year, League MVP [1966]
    • Sporting News and Topps Minor League Player-of-the-Year [1966]
    • American League record, most putouts, first baseman one game, 32 [versus Chicago White Sox, 1967]
    • Hit three home runs in one game [versus Chicago White Sox, 1969]
    • Won prestigious Major League “Player Win Average” award in the American League, given to baseball’s most productive hitter. (Willie McCovey won it in the National League) [1969]
    • One game, career-high eight runs-batted-in [versus Baltimore Orioles, 1970]
    • Tied Major League record four consecutive home runs [versus Washington Senators, 1971]
    • Member, World Champion Oakland Athletics. Led team in home runs [1972]
    • Came in third in the American League home run race [1972]
    • Washington Senators club record, most home runs by a left-handed hitter, season, 30 [1969]
    • Coach, San Diego Crush, 3-time Amateur World Champions [1991, 1992, 1994]
    • Coach, San Diego High School "Area Code Team" [1995]
    • Minor League Manager and Roving Hitting Instructor, Milwaukee Brewers, [1993]
    • Minor League Hitting Coordinator San Diego Padres [2000]
    • Hitting columnist, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper [2001-current]
    • Elected to Rochester Red Wings (AAA) Hall of Fame [2004]