By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Josh Anderson had a Major League Baseball career batting average of .272, with 4 home runs and 47 RBI.
Josh Anderson was inducted into the Lexington Legends Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Josh Anderson was the Texas League All-Star MVP in 2006, and led all of professional baseball in stolen bases in 2004.
Josh Anderson was Eastern Kentucky University’s first-ever first-team Louisville Slugger Baseball All-American.
Josh Anderson started out his 25-year baseball career as a 5-year-older in the Pulaski County Little League - based in Science Hill – and played his prep baseball at Pulaski County High School.
Now, the former major leaguer wants to give back to his hometown community and share his wealth of baseball knowledge to the youth of the Lake Cumberland area.
“I was blessed to have a long and successful baseball career,” Anderson stated. “I was fortunate enough to make it to the highest level of baseball, and during that time I was trained and instructed by some of the greatest instructors in the game of baseball.”
“Now that I have that knowledge, I want to share my expert baseball training with the younger players of the Lake Cumberland area,” Anderson continued. “If a young player wants to play the game of baseball or softball, we can make him or her better.”
The Josh Anderson Baseball/Softball Academy – located on 404 Monticello Street (at the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Monticello Street) – is now open for expert baseball and softball training.
With a spacious state-of-the-art baseball/softball training facility, the Josh Anderson Academy offers a family-oriented athletic training establishment, with a Christ-like atmosphere.
The facility offers three large batting cages (one with a baseball pitching machine, one with a softball pitching machine and one for youth Tee-ball or live arm batting training. Televisions, park benches and refreshments make the parents stay at the facility a little more comfortable.
Major league green home run walls enclose the fancily, giving visitors a Major League Baseball ballpark feel. Plus, several of Anderson’s major league memorabilias are scattered throughout the building.
“Our academy mission is to teach the integrity of the game of baseball, “ Anderson stated. “We want to teach the greatness of the game while learning life lessons associated with baseball. Our goal is to guide and enhance each player’s process of advancing to the high school, college or professional level.”
Throughout his lengthy baseball career, Anderson was always critical of his swing and was always working on ways to improve his swing. His swing was analyzed and re-worked by some of the best professional instructors in the game of baseball. This on-going process has given Anderson a unique understanding on how to achieve and teach a perfect, fundamentally-sound baseball swing.
“Every player’s swing is unique, and we are not wanting to tear apart or change their entire swing,” Anderson explained. “We just want to get their bat in the right slot and get them in a perfect position at the point of impact.”
The Josh Anderson Baseball/Softball Academy has an experienced staff of some of the best baseball and softball instructors in the area. Former Pulaski County High School baseball coach, and standout collegiate player, Kent Mayfield brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and instruction to the Josh Anderson Academy. Former Eastern Kentucky University and Pulaski County High School baseball standout player Drew Reynolds will be part of the Josh Anderson Baseball Academy.
On the softball side, former Pulaski County High School softball standout Cassandra Foster Noe will instruct for the Josh Anderson Softball Academy. Also, Southwestern High School and Lindsey Wilson College standout Whitney Mink will be on staff for softball instruction.
“We want to provide the best instruction in a Christ centered atmosphere,” Anderson stated. “We offer a year-round indoor professional baseball and softball instruction. Our staff uses a uniform step-by-step teaching system to encourage positive progress in our students. Our professional instructors and custom-built facility will help take your player’s game to the next level.”
The Josh Anderson Baseball/Softball Academy offers a wide variety of instruction, training and conditioning packages. Every part of the game will be taught to each individual player. The facility is also an excellent place to hold youth parties or team gatherings.
Also, the Josh Anderson Academy will offer travel team participation for both softball and baseball leagues. Later in the spring, the facility will expand with a on-site outdoor grass infield for live fielding and base running instruction.
The Josh Anderson Baseball/Softball Academy has set up convenient after-school and Saturday hours of operations.
To learn more about the Josh Anderson Baseball/Softball Academy call 606-679-0503 or go to www.joshandersonbaseball.com.