“Being a Narrow Path athlete is a calling to be, and live differently.

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Mathew 7:13-14

Baseball has always been a big part of my life. As a kid, I played Little League and then in high school. I was never the best pitcher on the team, but I loved the game and worked hard at it. After a decade in the Major Leagues, I got into coaching and found that I really enjoyed teaching the game to young players.

One of the things I love most about baseball is that it is a sport that is full of teachable moments. Every play is an opportunity to learn something new. Whether it’s learning how to field a grounder or how to throw a curveball, baseball is a great way to develop new skills.

As a coach, I always try to stress the importance of hard work and dedication. It’s not enough to just show up to practice; you have to give it your all every day. That’s what it takes to be successful in baseball, and in life. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

The Narrow Path is one not many are willing to tread, but it’s worth it in the end. It may be difficult at times, but if you keep your eye on the prize, you

” – JJ Hoover

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About the Author

JJ Hoover
JJ Hoover was an American professional baseball pitcher from 2008 to 2021. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Milwaukee Brewers. Hoover throws four pitches: a four-seam fastball (91–94 mph), a curveball (76–79mph), a slider (81-85mph), and a changeup (85–88mph). JJ has taught pitching and baseball globally, and more recently in Cincinnati, Ohio for Narrow Path. Hoover now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife of seven years, Megan-Kate Hoover of Reel Rescues. JJ is a devout Christian.