After 14 years in Major League Baseball, Lou Frazier, known as “Sweet Lou” among many of his former MLB teammates and players, decided to invest in today’s youth by sharing what he has learned over the years.
His 14-year baseball career as a major league first base coach, a hitting coach and outfield/base running coordinator as well as his own MLB playing experience have prepared him well to mentor coaches as well as young baseball players in the fundamentals of the game and game strategy.
In 2008 Lou was the major league first base coach for the Pittsburg Pirates. Prior to this he was with the Boston Red Sox as the Outfield and Base Running Coordinator. While at Boston he received two World Series Championship rings. He also spent four years with the Cleveland Indians as hitting coach.
Before coaching, Lou played in the MLB for the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. He was a first round draft pick in 1985.
In 2009, Lou decided that it was time to be closer to home, so he founded the Louie Sluggers Baseball organization where he oversaw the development aspect for several teams working closely with coaches to ensure practices focus on fundamental skill development in the area of fielding, hitting and base running. In his first year coaching youth competitive baseball, Lou’s 12u Majors team was ranked 2010/2011 Late Season 12u State Champions by the Arizona Baseball Network. They also placed 3rd (out of 35 teams) in the Triple Crown World Series held in July 2011 in Park City, Utah.
In addition, he started working with baseball players through private lessons and agility training at Lou’s Clubhouse” in Chandler, Arizona. Numerous players who have worked with Lou, today, are playing college baseball and have received national, regional, state and conference recognition for their performance on the field.
Today, alongside giving private lessons and working with a few select youth baseball teams, Lou works as a coach for the NCAA Division III Washington and Jefferson College Baseball team where he specializes in hitting. At the beginning of the 2017 season, the team was unranked. By the end of the season, the team was ranked #2 in the 2017 D3 Baseball.com NCBWA Top 25 poll. They were also ranked 2nd in the nation for team batting average in 2017.
In August 2017 Lou’s business outgrew the small clubhouse where he started and he opened Lou Frazier’s Baseball Facility in Tempe, Arizona, where he is today. With three hitting tunnels, a pitching tunnel and room to practice infield on turf at an indoor facility, he is able to provide players, coaches and teams with room to learn new skills and practice.
Today Lou focuses his time on working with select youth teams, coaching with Washington and Jefferson College, providing private lessons and overseeing the operations of the Lou Frazier Baseball Facility.