BSU Alum Hits It Out of the Park

Steve Ferroli is an author who wrote about the principles of hitting in his newly re-published book Hit Your Potential: Mastering the Ted Williams Approach. The foreword was written by Hall of Famer and former Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams himself. Ferroli is an alumnus of Bridgewater State and a former baseball player for the then-Bridgewater State College Bears.  

Ferroli attended as a physical education major with a concentration in coaching. He left in 1982 but never officially graduated, leaving to work on his first book Disciple of a Master which he began writing his sophomore year and published in 1986. In 1997, Ferroli opened a baseball camp called the Ted Williams League in Hanson, MA, where he trains baseball players on the techniques of hitting that he discusses in his book. In fact, since his camp has opened, it has seen no cases of Little League Elbow, which is a common injury in youth baseball.

BSU Director of Communications and Outreach at the College of Graduate Studies Darren McDonald sent his two sons to Ferroli’s camp and told The Comment, “Each time my kids got to work with him, they immediately got better at whatever aspect of the game they worked on that day. Through his hard work and dedication, he also helped my sons, and countless others, turn not only into good baseball players, but also into the great men they will become.” 

The Hit Your Potential book was originally published in 1998 by Masters Press but was taken out of print due to lack of sales. However, Ferroli has decided to put up an updated electronic edition online and selected BSU undergrad Matt Marini as its copy editor. Marini is a senior majoring in English (writing studies concentration) with a minor in communication studies. Marini said of Ferroli, “Steve is the most detail-oriented person I know, which not only allows him to be an incredible hitting instructor but also allowed him to be one of Ted Williams’ closest friends as he was the only person who could challenge Ted on the subject of hitting.” 

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