Team TRUE

BASEBALL ADVISORY PANEL

At True Temper Baseball we believe the RIGHT bat is essential in maximizing a player’s swing. Even with the perfect bat, we also know that it is impossible to excel in baseball without a strong work ethic, great coaching, and elite training. This is why we created the True Temper Baseball Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board is composed of a World Series MVP, elite ex-MLB players, facility owners, hitting instructors, and a baseball specialty store owners. They all bring a unique perspective to the table, which allows us to continue innovating every aspect of the bat buying process.

BLAZE JORDAN

As a homegrown Southaven, MS talent, Blaze grew up only a few minutes from True Temper’s HQ in Memphis, TN. At the age of 11, Jordan won his first national home run derby, and a 395-foot shot at Globe Life Park went viral in 2016. Two years later, he hit two 500-foot homers at another showcase. He won the high school home run derby at the MLB All-Star Game last summer, sending 20 out of the park to reach the final round, where he hit seven.

In 2020, Blaze declared for the draft as a 17 year old. With the 89th pick overall in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected Blaze out of DeSoto High School in Mississippi.

That same year, Blaze joined the True Temper R&D team to help develop TRUE’s first BBCOR baseball bat. Blaze’s insight and elite skills are now the key drivers to making the best BBCOR bats in the game.

ERIC BYRNES

Eric Byrnes brings passion and hustle to every endeavor. The former Major League Baseball outfielder turned baseball analyst hasn’t stopped moving since his 10-year playing career ended. He has worked for ESPN and FOX, hosted his own TV show on FSN Arizona and held the mic on his weekly radio show on SiriusXM. He’s completed 11 Ironman triathlons, and, in 2019, he set a speed golf record with 420 holes played in a 24-hour span. Eric is also an avid supporter of the Pat Tillman Foundation, Challenged Athletes Foundation and Fit Kids as well as a father of three.

His willingness to keep pushing along with his constant energy will be a tremendous asset as a member of the TRUE Diamond Science Advisory Panel.

ÉDGAR RENTERÍA

Edgar Renteria brings a wealth of baseball and hitting knowledge to the TRUE Sports Advisory Panel. The five-time Major League Baseball All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and 2010 World Series MVP has a full trophy case to showcase his hitting abilities, but his individual awards aren’t his only asset, his ability to transfer knowledge to young athletes is key. Edgar has always had a passion for the development of amateur athletes. In 1998, with his brother Edinson, he created Team Renteria to help Colombian baseball by giving professional instruction at youth clinics for amateurs and aspiring professionals.

He has continued that same dedication to the amateur athlete throughout his career and will be a vital part of the TRUE Diamond Science team.

RYAN FULLER

Ryan Fuller is the owner and lead instructor at Fuller Hitting. Fuller is a former NCAA Division I athlete who was an All-Big East performer and team captain at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). After his UCONN career was complete, Ryan signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and played professionally for a few seasons. Once his professional baseball career came to a close, Ryan served as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac University and also coached high school baseball in Connecticut. His main objective is to help educate hitters and cultivate their confidence. Fuller consistently works hard as a hitting coach in Connecticut and an online remote training coach.

Now, he is bringing his experience and knowledge of hitting and digital platforms to the TRUE Diamond Science Advisory Panel.

CHAS PIPPITT

Chas Pippitt is the founder of Baseball Rebellion and creator of the Baseball Rebellion Hitting Methodology. A combination of his unique ability to breakdown the swing to hitters of all ages and his understanding of the importance of technology in training, Chas has amassed over 25,000 one-on-one lessons during his career. Chas has aided in the development of hundreds of travel ball all-stars, dozens of scholarship-level college athletes, and 25 MLB draft picks. In addition to his in person training, Chas does remote training with elite high school, college, and professional baseball players and fly in training with nationally recognized college programs.

Chas has also invented four hitting products, the Launch Angle Tee, the Drive Developer, the Rebel’s Rack, and the Bat Drag Buster, currently used in all 50 states and internationally in over 12 countries. When he’s not doing lessons or working on new products, Chas is writing and developing content for baseballrebellion.com and its social media pages.

ARIEL POLANCO

Ariel Polanco is a former Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Player of the Year and current professional baseball instructor. Ariel draws on his experience from collegiate baseball and the Dominican Summer League to educate youth athletes. He brings an advanced level of hitting knowledge and social media marketing experience to the TRUE Diamond Science team.

Currently Ariel serves as a hitting and fielding instructor in Atlanta, Georgia, and provides online instruction through his platform.

DAN KELLER

Dan Keller’s success on the field as an athlete, his time on the bench as a coach and his view from the stands as a parent are the perfect combination for a TRUE Diamond Science Advisor. Keller, a former UCLA baseball player and now as CEO of Dugout Captain, has been coaching teams, running camps and speaking at seminars and clinics for 16 years. Having worked with over 10,000 youth baseball coaches, he’s made it vividly clear that practice-planning is the biggest obstacle to their success.

Dan is a passionate father, coach and instructor to thousands of parents and coaches. He will be a valued member of the TRUE Diamond Science advisory board.

DAVE COGGIN

As a former Major League Baseball first-round pick and the current owner of Performance Fitness for Athletes, Dave Coggin provides a significant presence for TRUE Diamond Science within Southern California. His facility, one of the country’s premier baseball training sites, is located in Upland, California. He is known within the baseball community for his ability to help players advance their skills from youth baseball to collegiate and professional levels. His methods have been so effective that MLB teams are now hiring him to consult their coaching staff on his techniques.

Dave is a passionate husband, father, business owner and now Advisory Panel member for TRUE. The baseball, business and marketing experience is a great addition to the Diamond Science team.

MATT WALBECK Walbeck Baseball Academy

Matt Walbeck was selected by the Chicago Cubs 192nd overall (eighth round) in the 1987 draft. Walbeck made his Major League debut on April 7, 1993 at the age of 23 against the Atlanta Braves. Matt Walbecks last career final hit, a two-run home run, came on August 8, 2003 off pitcher Kenny Rogers.

November of 2007, Walbeck was hired by the Texas Rangers to be their third base coach. In addition to those duties, Walbeck also handled the catchers and coordinated spring training activities. December of 2008, Walbeck landed a role with managing the Eastern League Altoona Curve. In 2010, Walbeck's helped win the EL championship, and he was again named EL Manager of the Year.

Matt is a proud father of 3 and passionate coach & business owner of Walbeck Baseball Academy. The academy successfully runs hitting, pitching, training and travel baseball programs. Matt’s playing, coaching and business experience is a huge value to the TRUE Team & is a great addition to the TRUE Advisory Panel.

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BILL PHILLIPS

Bill Phillips brings his understanding and knowledge of retail and sales to the TRUE Diamond Science Advisory Panel. As a successful entrepreneur, he has had many wins in retail business operations. Currently Bill owns and operates “Play It Again Sports” in Orange County, California.

The TRUE Diamond Science team is excited to have him on the Advisory Panel to draw on his retail expertise and point of sale knowledge.

BASEBALL ADVISORY PANEL

At True Temper Baseball we believe the RIGHT bat is essential in maximizing a player’s swing. Even with the perfect bat, we also know that it is impossible to excel in baseball without a strong work ethic, great coaching, and elite training. This is why we created the True Temper Baseball Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board is composed of a World Series MVP, elite ex-MLB players, facility owners, hitting instructors, and a baseball specialty store owners. They all bring a unique perspective to the table, which allows us to continue innovating every aspect of the bat buying process.

BLAZE JORDAN

As a homegrown Southaven, MS talent, Blaze grew up only a few minutes from True Temper’s HQ in Memphis, TN. At the age of 11, Jordan won his first national home run derby, and a 395-foot shot at Globe Life Park went viral in 2016. Two years later, he hit two 500-foot homers at another showcase. He won the high school home run derby at the MLB All-Star Game last summer, sending 20 out of the park to reach the final round, where he hit seven.

In 2020, Blaze declared for the draft as a 17 year old. With the 89th pick overall in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected Blaze out of DeSoto Central High School in Mississippi.

That same year, Blaze joined the True Temper R&D team to help develop TRUE’s first BBCOR baseball bat. Blaze’s insight and elite skills are now the key drivers to making the best BBCOR bats in the game.

ERIC BYRNES

Eric Byrnes brings passion and hustle to every endeavor. The former Major League Baseball outfielder turned baseball analyst hasn’t stopped moving since his 10-year playing career ended. He has worked for ESPN and FOX, hosted his own TV show on FSN Arizona and held the mic on his weekly radio show on SiriusXM. He’s completed 11 Ironman triathlons, and, in 2019, he set a speed golf record with 420 holes played in a 24-hour span. Eric is also an avid supporter of the Pat Tillman Foundation, Challenged Athletes Foundation and Fit Kids as well as a father of three.

His willingness to keep pushing along with his constant energy will be a tremendous asset as a member of the TRUE Diamond Science Advisory Panel.

ÉDGAR RENTERÍA

Edgar Renteria brings a wealth of baseball and hitting knowledge to the TRUE Sports Advisory Panel. The five-time Major League Baseball All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and 2010 World Series MVP has a full trophy case to showcase his hitting abilities, but his individual awards aren’t his only asset, his ability to transfer knowledge to young athletes is key. Edgar has always had a passion for the development of amateur athletes. In 1998, with his brother Edinson, he created Team Renteria to help Colombian baseball by giving professional instruction at youth clinics for amateurs and aspiring professionals.

He has continued that same dedication to the amateur athlete throughout his career and will be a vital part of the TRUE Diamond Science team.

RYAN FULLER

Ryan Fuller is the owner and lead instructor at Fuller Hitting. Fuller is a former NCAA Division I athlete who was an All-Big East performer and team captain at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). After his UCONN career was complete, Ryan signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and played professionally for a few seasons. Once his professional baseball career came to a close, Ryan served as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac University and also coached high school baseball in Connecticut. His main objective is to help educate hitters and cultivate their confidence. Fuller consistently works hard as a hitting coach in Connecticut and an online remote training coach.

Now, he is bringing his experience and knowledge of hitting and digital platforms to the TRUE Diamond Science Advisory Panel.

CHAS PIPPITT

Chas Pippitt is the founder of Baseball Rebellion and creator of the Baseball Rebellion Hitting Methodology. A combination of his unique ability to breakdown the swing to hitters of all ages and his understanding of the importance of technology in training, Chas has amassed over 25,000 one-on-one lessons during his career. Chas has aided in the development of hundreds of travel ball all-stars, dozens of scholarship-level college athletes, and 25 MLB draft picks. In addition to his in person training, Chas does remote training with elite high school, college, and professional baseball players and fly in training with nationally recognized college programs.

Chas has also invented four hitting products, the Launch Angle Tee, the Drive Developer, the Rebel’s Rack, and the Bat Drag Buster, currently used in all 50 states and internationally in over 12 countries. When he’s not doing lessons or working on new products, Chas is writing and developing content for baseballrebellion.com and its social media pages.

ARIEL POLANCO

Ariel Polanco is a former Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Player of the Year and current professional baseball instructor. Ariel draws on his experience from collegiate baseball and the Dominican Summer League to educate youth athletes. He brings an advanced level of hitting knowledge and social media marketing experience to the TRUE Diamond Science team.

Currently Ariel serves as a hitting and fielding instructor in Atlanta, Georgia, and provides online instruction through his platform.

DAN KELLER

Dan Keller’s success on the field as an athlete, his time on the bench as a coach and his view from the stands as a parent are the perfect combination for a TRUE Diamond Science Advisor. Keller, a former UCLA baseball player and now as CEO of Dugout Captain, has been coaching teams, running camps and speaking at seminars and clinics for 16 years. Having worked with over 10,000 youth baseball coaches, he’s made it vividly clear that practice-planning is the biggest obstacle to their success.

Dan is a passionate father, coach and instructor to thousands of parents and coaches. He will be a valued member of the TRUE Diamond Science advisory board.

DAVE COGGIN

As a former Major League Baseball first-round pick and the current owner of Performance Fitness for Athletes, Dave Coggin provides a significant presence for TRUE Diamond Science within Southern California. His facility, one of the country’s premier baseball training sites, is located in Upland, California. He is known within the baseball community for his ability to help players advance their skills from youth baseball to collegiate and professional levels. His methods have been so effective that MLB teams are now hiring him to consult their coaching staff on his techniques.

Dave is a passionate husband, father, business owner and now Advisory Panel member for TRUE. The baseball, business and marketing experience is a great addition to the Diamond Science team.

MATT WALBECK Walbeck Baseball Academy

Matt Walbeck was selected by the Chicago Cubs 192nd overall (eighth round) in the 1987 draft. Walbeck made his Major League debut on April 7, 1993 at the age of 23 against the Atlanta Braves. Matt Walbecks last career final hit, a two-run home run, came on August 8, 2003 off pitcher Kenny Rogers.

November of 2007, Walbeck was hired by the Texas Rangers to be their third base coach. In addition to those duties, Walbeck also handled the catchers and coordinated spring training activities. December of 2008, Walbeck landed a role with managing the Eastern League Altoona Curve. In 2010, Walbeck's helped win the EL championship, and he was again named EL Manager of the Year.

Matt is a proud father of 3 and passionate coach & business owner of Walbeck Baseball Academy. The academy successfully runs hitting, pitching, training and travel baseball programs. Matt’s playing, coaching and business experience is a huge value to the TRUE Team & is a great addition to the TRUE Advisory Panel.

BILL PHILLIPS

Bill Phillips brings his understanding and knowledge of retail and sales to the TRUE Diamond Science Advisory Panel. As a successful entrepreneur, he has had many wins in retail business operations. Currently Bill owns and operates “Play It Again Sports” in Orange County, California.

The TRUE Diamond Science team is excited to have him on the Advisory Panel to draw on his retail expertise and point of sale knowledge.