These former MLB players turned Motivational Speakers will be sure to thrill your audiences, teaching them how to overcome adversity, never give up on your dreams, and provide you with the necessary skills to work to your optimum level.
#1. Jim Abbott:
Defying the odds is nothing new to Jim Abbott. Despite being born with only one hand, he went on to become the 15th player ever to make a professional debut in the Major Leagues, playing for the California Angels. Many considered the move a publicity stunt by manager Doug Rader, but after struggling early, Abbott proved his doubters wrong by winning 12 games with a 3.92 ERA in his rookie season. In that first 1989 season as a professional he won more games as a rookie than any other previous player without Major League experience.
Today Jim Abbott is a professional motivational speaker. He is an inspiration to all that meet him or have followed his career. More than his no-hitter, his 13-strikeout game, a seven game winning streak, overcoming an eleven game losing streak, Jim Abbott became a great baseball player and a great person. He learned to overcome adversity and be an inspiration to those around him.
#2. Jim Morris:
Jim “The Rookie” Morris teaches an important lesson that it is never too late to follow your dreams. His life story is the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid. Jim, then a 35-year-old schoolteacher, made a bet that he would try out for the big leagues if his team won a district championship. When his team won, he followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! After signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Jim achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out the first hitter he faced.
Today, Jim Morris is one of the most sought after keynote speakers. Jim Morris can tailor his inspirational and motivational message to a corporate setting, to a school, an association/non-profit, or a church. He works closely with customers to deliver a great meeting and he is a great storyteller! Long after he has left, Jim Morris’ message will continue to resonate with your group.
#3. Steve Garvey:
Steve Garvey is one of the most successful Major League Baseball players of all time. Steve spent eight years as the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Dodgers “fabulous four” infield that included Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, and Ron Cey. To this day, he holds the esteemed title as the longest standing and most successful infielder in Major League Baseball’s history, leading the Dodgers to a World Series title in 1981. He holds the record for the highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman and is the only player in the history of baseball to have an errorless season at first base.
Today, the man who once played in 1,207 consecutive baseball games, now utilizes that same drive and leadership to motivate audiences around the world to become the best and most successful people or corporations they can become. Steve Garvey’s playing field has changed from the baseball diamond to corporate boardrooms and lecture halls, but the integrity, intensity and the devotion for which this future Hall of Famer is famous for is the same.
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