Based in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, Darren Stumberger is a former Minor League baseball player who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1994 MLB Amateur Draft. Darren Stumberger now provides baseball instruction to approximately 1,500 youth between the ages of 7 and 15 in NJ and other Eastern states.
While it's important for young baseball players to hone their skills in the sport with regular practice, many prominent coaches and medical experts suggest it's more beneficial for youth to play multiple sports as opposed to specializing in a single sport. Playing different sports can help young athletes develop a greater range of motor skills and enhance their decision-making abilities on the field. This also places less stress on particular muscle groups, and can lessen the likelihood of significant injury and burnout.
Acclaimed coaches like Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks) and Dom Starsia (University of Virginia lacrosse) are proponents of young athletes playing multiple sports, with the latter suggesting 95 percent of his players are multi-sport athletes. Even Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin prefers recruiting multi-sport athletes over those who strictly specialize in baseball. Moreover, some of the best professional baseball players of all time, including Tom Glavine, Tony Gwynn, and Bo Jackson, were multi-sport athletes growing up.