Biographies

About the Writers
Author - Rod Humphries
Contributor - Scipio Spinks
Contributor - Sid Holland
Contributor - Justin Humphries

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About the Writers

Rod Humphries is an Australian-born author, sports journalist, television writer, and former professional tennis coach, who also organized a worldwide professional sports tour, World Championship Tennis. He became a Little League all-star coach, and after his son Justin was drafted out of high school by the Houston Astros, he decided to write a complete guide to baseball’s assembly line to fill an information void for parents, players, and fans. He not only chronicles the various steps in the baseball process and the history and numerical data behind it, but he also threads his family’s personal experiences throughout the book so that parents and players will have guidelines and advice.

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To add insider advice on the path and the pitfalls, Humphries tapped three former professional players—Scipio Spinks, Sid Holland, and his son Justin Humphries—who between them have seen baseball from every conceivable angle.

Spinks pitched in the Major Leagues and later became a professional scout and coached in the pros, college, and at the youth level, including at private academies. Holland coached in the pros and college and today has his own private academy, where he organizes youth select/travel teams and works on hitting technique with youth, high school, college, and many Major League players, including All-Stars Carl Crawford, Michael Bourn, Chris Young, and Jay Bruce. And Justin Humphries has traveled the path that young players strive for: Little League and select/travel ball to the pros. He had nine years as a professional and provides personal information on all steps of the process, from youth ball through high school and college recruiting to the hard life of the professional game. He negotiated a college scholarship from the Houston Astros and attended Columbia University in New York while still playing professional baseball. He gives advice on the importance of obtaining an education to secure a career after the baseball journey ends.

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