Joe Lazor

IVL Senior Instructor/Partner

Joe Lazor graduated from Medina High School in 1983. At Medina, his baseball career earned him an All State Pitcher and MVP of the Southwest Conference. Upon graduation, he attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University and played three years of baseball before getting drafted into the MLB by the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth round. He had a successful five years with the Reds organization and made two All Star Teams: the Billings Mustangs (Rookie A) and the Chattanooga Lookouts (AA). His career stats include a 35W-20L, a 3.42 ERA, 588 innings, 471 hits, 254 BB’s, 545 K’s, and 1.23 Whip. In 1991, Joe retired due to two elbow surgeries. Joe is married to his wife, Kim, and have three beautiful children.

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IVL ProTips

  • The Most Wasted 20 Minutes in a Catcher’s Life
    It seems that many players and coaches recognize how little time is allocated during practices for catchers to work on their catching skills, like blocking, exchange drills, pickoff throws, and proper handling of passed balls with a throw to the pitcher covering home plate, just to name a few. Often times it has been said to me that ...
  • Having A Pitch Plan
    How many times within a game do you as a coach ask yourself this question: Why is my pitcher throwing that pitch in that situation? We wonder numerous times throughout games how can pitch selection be so misguided. Therefore, a generic “pitch plan” is important, not only so the correct pitch is called in greater frequency, ...
  • Change Up: The Pitch for a Strong Arm’s Lifetime
    I have a vivid recollection of a great coach, John Scolinos of Cal Poly Pomona (CA), teaching our star national team Australian pitcher a change of pace pitch in about one minute. The reason the scene stays with me is because a week later the pitcher beat the World Champion Korean National Team at the ...
  • Batting Fundamentals
    1.   Don’t grip your bat at the very end. Leave, say, an inch or two. Also, leave at least an inch or more space between your hands; that gives you balance and control of bat, and also keeps hands from interfering with each other during the swing. 2.   Take position at plate, especially against right-hand pitchers,back of ...
  • Bunt Young, Bunt Often
    Bunting is a very big part of the game of baseball. And when a bunt is laid down the right way, it is very difficult to defend. I have always been big on bunting and feel it can be taught at a young age. There are basically two types of bunts: the square bunt and the ...