blind hitting instructor? No Way! You've got to be kidding!"
the common reaction when folks first hear about Mark Wetzel, widely
known throughout baseball circles as "The Blind Guy."
But Mark has demonstrated a tremendous talent for turning skeptics
into believers during his career as a personal instructor for hitters
from pre-teens to pros.
his hitting facility in the rolling Ponca Hills on the northern
outskirts of Omaha, Nebraska, Mark conducts lessons and consults
with hitters who are serious about improving their performance at
the plate. Working with a well-trained and experienced crew
of assistants, Mark has helped many an aspiring hitter realize his
or her dream of achieving success and moving on to the next level.
what's his secret? How can a blind guy teach someone
to hit a pitched baseball, arguably one of the toughest challenges
in all of sports?
of all, Mark is not completely blind. Although an incurable
eye disease known as macular
degeneration has robbed Mark of most of his central vision,
he retains sufficient peripheral vision to perceive what hitters
are doing with their heads, hands, hips and feet -- the building
blocks of the Wetzel swing. He teams up with his son Lance
and other long-term assistants to analyze swings and prescribe drills
intended to improve bat speed, contact and power.
Wetzel is shown here in an instructional session with two-time
First Team All-Nebraska Designated Hitter Mark Waldron,
a recent graduate of Creighton Prep. Waldron, a student
of Wetzel's for the past seven years, has recently committed
to play college ball at Butler County Community College
in Kansas, one of the top baseball JUCO's in America.
and more importantly, Mark's success is the result of an all-consuming
desire to comprehend and master the science and art of hitting --
a journey that has to taken him to major league front offices and
clubhouses, where he has developed professional associations with,
and earned the respect of, some of the top names in baseball, including
newly-elected Hall of Fame member Tony Gwynn, and long-time hitting
instructor, Merv Rettenmund. As a result of this quest, Mark's
knowledge of the fundamentals of successful hitting at every level
this website to learn more about this remarkable man and the remarkable
success that he has had instructing young hitters. If you
or someone in your family has the desire and commitment to become
a top hitter, a visit to the Blind Guy is one of the best things
you can do to help to realize that dream.
invite you to explore this website and contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.