Nat Ballenberg loved his first half-season with the Twins and enjoyed his first true off-season in years. He was fired up for the 2020 season but instead returned home from Spring Training in mid-March to shelter in place. The truncated 2020 MLB season provided a bit of sanity in an insane world. He is hopeful that all of baseball will be returning soon.
He has used the extra time at home to learn and grow as a coach and a human. The year has been hard for a lot of people, and he counts his lucky stars to be among the lucky ones who remain healthy and safe.
Previously, Nat spent the fall 0f 2019 helping to transition a new coach into his old role as the Pitching Coach at Haverford College, a job which he held from 2010-2019. (He was also the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Haverford from 2014-2019.)
Nat helped guide the Fords to 3 Centennial Conference Championships and saw 2 pitchers selected in the MLB draft. He oversaw 9 Strength & Conditioning All-Americans. Nat realizes that he didn't throw any of the pitches or lift any of the weights that led to these accomplishments, and he finds it weird to write in the third person.
Although no longer overseeing day to day operations, Nat is still involved and in love with DiverseCITY Baseball, an organization that seeks to use baseball as a platform to create global citizens. The camp brings together kids from all walks of life and uses the lessons of the game to help players learn about being a good person, a good teammate, and a good citizen. While 2020 summer programming is was canceled, I'm hopeful for 2021.
In 2017, Nat served as the Pitching Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers AZL club. Tasked with teaching the young, talented staff about the daily growth mindset needed for long-term success, the club won the Central Division’s first-half championship.
Nat is a proud alumnus of Haverford College, holding his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He also has a Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. Nat is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is getting really into PRI and the constraints-led approach to training. He is proud to announce that he recently finished the Anatomy Trains book. It was a doozy.
He lives in Bryn Mawr, PA with a small but thriving vegetable garden and a wonderful wife lady.