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Rising Stars: Meet Alex Robinson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Robinson.

Hi Alex, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am originally from Long Island, New York, and grew up playing baseball. I wasn’t the biggest or most talented player on the field, but I was always the most determined.

I earned a full scholarship to the University of Maryland where I played my college baseball from 2013 to 2015. In my years in College Park, I was a part of two teams that won NCAA Regionals in Columbia, South Carolina, and Los Angeles, California.

At the end of my junior year in 2015, I was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 5th Round (140th Overall). I was fortunate to play seven incredible seasons in the Twins Organization before retiring due to a career-ending shoulder injury. After I retired my love for the game of baseball was almost gone and I wanted to distance myself from the game.

I took a remote sales job almost immediately after I retired. I quit that job after two weeks realizing I had more to give to the game even if that meant I wouldn’t be the one on the field. I always had a passion for teaching and take pride in my communication skills. I had been training baseball and softball players in the off-season while I was playing with the Twins and decided to begin ballplayers again.

That’s when the idea to open up a baseball facility entered my mind and The Yard Baseball Academy was born. I grew up in baseball facilities, gyms, and training rooms. My ten years of experience at a Power 5 College and Professional career allowed me to create an environment that brought the best of both.

At The Yard, we focus on not only creating great ballplayers but great people, focusing on the academic and mental just as much as the physical. The Yard Baseball Academy is a family-run business by Alex’s loving parents who have helped countless ballplayers go through the college application process and Alex’s brother Nick (and assistant coach/trainer), who just finished his career at the University of Maryland this past 2022 season.

We are geared toward helping those who want to learn the basics of the game helping devoted ball players get to college, to working with professionals to prepare for their season. Although we are new to Essex, we are not new to the game of baseball, nor the state of Maryland.

We look forward to helping generations of ballplayers reach their fullest potential on and off the field.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been struggles along the way. This has been a learning process without a doubt.

I am very fortunate to have mentors that have experienced the things I have gone through in the last year. From being a professional athlete to not being one, finding the courage to start a business at the age of 27, and making decisions from different perspectives.

It has been a lot of trial and error, but again I am very thankful for all of the support that I have from my family, friends, and mentors. Without them none I wouldn’t be able to do what I love.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
At The Yard Baseball Academy, we take a great deal of pride in our ability to communicate effectively with each of the ballplayers we get the opportunity to work with. From young children learning the basics of the game to experienced major leaguers, we focus on creating a dialogue that the mind and body will understand.

We take a more cerebral approach to our training, putting just as much emphasis on the mental side of the game as we do the physical. Our coaching staff is experienced and fresh out of the game at the collegiate and professional levels, so we can relate to the struggles and successes up-and-coming ball players are going through helping them become the best versions of themselves on the diamond and in their personal lives.

Throughout our coach’s careers, we have had the pleasure of working with some of the best coaches and players with the best players in the world. Using our relationships to bring in Major Leaguers and MLB Draft Prospects to speak and work with up-and-coming ballplayers is something we are very proud of. I’ve had coaches and teammates from all over the world including Australia, Soth Africa, Japan, Korea, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

I’ve taken the best values, approaches, and characteristics from each culture and used them as a template at The Yard. We have created a wholesome environment for athletes, including partnering with strength and conditioning coaches, board-certified physical therapists, nutritionists, and academic tutors.

We are proud to be able to offer assistance in these areas that are crucial to the success of any athlete looking to compete at a high level.

What’s next?
We look to the future with excitement and passion, as we continue to help ballplayers learn the game the right way through consistent action, open communication, and a growth mindset.

As we continue to grow we are looking forward to helping the next generations of ballplayers get to college using baseball and softball as a vehicle to get them there.

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