The rainiest days in Israel recent years in Israel didn't stop Georg Bull, visiting coach from Germany, from leaving a lasting impression on every baseball player he came into contact with. Bull has a long career in baseball, from playing for the West German Junior National Team in 1979 and onwards. He was the first German to play baseball in South Africa and the Dominican Republic. He founded the German Baseball Academy in 2003 and coached seven German youth or junior champions. (for more, click here)
Georg first made contact with Israel Baseball when he met national team coach Amit Kurz at the PONY Tournament in Prague. “For personal reasons I´ve always wanted to visit Israel,” he recalls. “So, when Amit suggested I come and give a clinic (in Israel), I happily agreed.” Bull has also been a mentor to Kai Friesem of the Ra’anana Juniors, who he met at this year’s PONY tournament, and invited him to come and train at his baseball camps in Germany.
After spending a few days touring Israel, and after the sun finally came out, Georg started his coaching tour around the country. Georg started his Israel Baseball coaching tour in Misgav where he impressed our experienced coaches with his knowledge, true love and respect for the game. “Georg brings a simplistic approach to coaching from the Dominican Republic, where he runs an Academy with Nate Trosky, the YouTube baseball celebrity,” notes Justin Peedin, IAB Head of Baseball Operations. “Those guys don't have much to work with yet continue to produce the world’s best ball players.”
He worked intensively with the Israel Baseball Academy players, the IDF Sportaim and members of the Senior National Team. He worked with the players on effective ways to train their mind, body and baseball skills. From hitting popcorn kernels like the Dominicans, to practicing throwing form with towels, the players gained so much from Georg’s practices. “The impact Georg had on us was so immense, and the knowedge that he brought was invaluable. It's guys like him that we need to get us to the next level," enthuses Avi Segal, a member of the Israel Baseball Academy who practiced with Georg.
Georg also spent an evening with the IAB coaches, giving them valuable tips and insights. He finished his trip with a clinic for cadets and juniors in Modiin.
Georg was impressed with the attitude of the Israel baseball players. “The boys came long ways from all directions and cities every day and showed that they loved the game,” Georg says. “I was impressed by the talent, work ethic and the enthusiasm they showed. There were quite a few Israeli players who helped me get better as well because they asked questions and made comments that made a lot of sense and helped with the whole program. Israel was a great experience for me. Everybody received me with open arms and genuine hospitality as well as with a deep love for the great game of baseball. I definitely made friends for life.”
“Georg brings a very encouraging and inspiring approach to the game,” says Justin. “He reminds our players that we grind to get better simply because ‘it's awesome!’ He breaks down the fundamentals simply and effectively, as the pros do day in and day out. We are so grateful to have this bond with one of the world’s best coaches.”
Georg left with a special place in his heart for Israel and we hope to see him back again soon!