Todd Brock’s seven-year road through professional baseball’s Minor League system has finally come to end, but it has also signaled a new beginning as well. He’s played baseball in nearly every state, and even abroad, but rather than play for the Independent League St. Paul Saints, he’s come home to teach business education at Sussex Central High School and to pass along his knowledge of the game.
“Teaching is something that I love to do, Brock said. “I love working with kids, and I decided that it was time to come home and give back to the community.”
Currently, Brock works with the Delaware Warriors 11U baseball team, gives lessons and is hosting two five-day summer camps at the Pyle Center.
Brock’s camps will emphasize the fundamentals of the game: hitting, fielding, base running and sportsmanship, and aim to establish an overall understanding of the game.
“I’m bringing everything I’ve learned so far,” Brock said. “I want them to grasp an understanding of why we do things a certain way, and with my education background, maybe I can explain it a little better than ‘This is the way we do things.’”
Brock’s dream, as with many baseball players, was to play professional baseball. And though he didn’t achieve that dream, he did accumulate a wealth of instruction throughout his seven years in the Minor Leagues, knowledge he hopes to pass on to local youngsters.
“Playing for so many coaches over the years has given me a different outlook to the game and has taught me different tools to teach kids,” Brock said. “If a kid doesn’t understand something one way, then I can say it another way. I’ve taught for 10 years, so I’ll use different classroom techniques to teach baseball.”
Playing Minor League baseball gave Brock a tremendous opportunity to get paid doing something he loves and see parts of the country that he would never see otherwise. And he hopes that his work in the community could one day help one kid — or more — share the same dream.
“There hasn’t been a lot of professional baseball players coming out of Delaware, but I think that’s on the rise with travel ball and the Sports at the Beach complex. And all these elements will lead to this area becoming more respected,” Brock said. “Hopefully, I can steer a kid to that. I want to help these kids develop good habits, so that if they get an opportunity then they don’t have to start all over.”
The cost of the camp is $150, which includes a camp T-shirt, and participants should bring glove, cleats, baseball hat (baseball pants are optional), sunscreen and a bagged lunch.
Brock’s first camp starts July 24-26, the second Aug. 14-18 and each runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who missed the July 1 registration deadline for the first camp, Brock said he would take kids up to the day of the camp. The deadline for registering for the second camp is Aug. 1.