BE EDUCATED. BE ORIGINAL. BE PROFESSIONAL. BE A CHAMPION. BE YOU.

DEVELOP YOUR BRAND OF BASEBALL AND LIFE. INSIST ON YOURSELF; NEVER IMITATE.


Leslie (Herrmann) Manning has worked nine years in baseball at the Collegiate, Minor and Major League levels. She is currently the Coordinator of Professional Development for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball Club, where she specializes in coach to athlete connection and personnel education.  Prior to founding NextStep Baseball, she graduated from Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and worked at the MLB Office of the Commissioner in New York and in Baseball Operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks. She was also awarded as the 2011 Minor League Baseball NYPL Executive of the Year.  In 2014, she began authoring her 60-page curriculum and interactive workbooks to help athletes discover their purpose and achieve their dreams on and off the field. In 2015, she self-published her first book, The Dugout Gentleman, a humorous and handy how-to guide containing 90 life skill tips concerning Women, Hygiene, Technology, Dinner Parties, Attire, First Impressions, Ego, Time and Education. 

Leslie (Herrmann) Manning has worked nine years in baseball at the Collegiate, Minor and Major League levels.

She is currently the Coordinator of Professional Development for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball Club, where she specializes in coach to athlete connection and personnel education. 

Prior to founding NextStep Baseball, she graduated from Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and worked at the MLB Office of the Commissioner in New York and in Baseball Operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks. She was also awarded as the 2011 Minor League Baseball NYPL Executive of the Year. 

In 2014, she began authoring her 60-page curriculum and interactive workbooks to help athletes discover their purpose and achieve their dreams on and off the field. In 2015, she self-published her first book, The Dugout Gentleman, a humorous and handy how-to guide containing 90 life skill tips concerning Women, Hygiene, Technology, Dinner Parties, Attire, First Impressions, Ego, Time and Education. 

WHAT IS NEXTSTEP BASEBALL?

To date, this program has been implemented by the Seattle Mariners player development system as well as collegiate teams in the Big XII, WCC, AAC and Patriot League NCAA DI Conferences. NextStep Baseball embodies a "player first" mentality in all that we do. 

At NextStep Baseball our mission is to empower athletes and coaches to make choices that strengthen their lives. We live and play on purpose. Utilizing the baseball field as our classroom, NextStep Baseball teaches athletes the skills that last a lifetime, the skills that matter. We take pride in equipping championship caliber NCAA Division I players, drafted professionals and coaches with the tools and plans necessary to be Major League leaders on and off the field. 

NextStep Baseball specializes in communication and connection strategies to encourage and enhance coach to player relationships. 

Through in-person team visits and 1 on 1 video call sessions, we help athletes and coaches outline their purpose, vision, goals and habits to produce lasting clarity and intentional success in all aspects of life, including but not limited to baseball.

We use our interactive curriculum and workbooks to educate athletes and coaches about personal/group realities and blindspots while cultivating a safe, trusting environment to get 1% better every day, in every way.

We give athletes the knowledge and freedom to explore and make life-strengthening decisions, set heartfelt goals and pursue those goals with decisive plans and laser focus. More than talk, we put our words into action and incorporate tools to monitor and evaluate our efforts. This fiercely real culture produces sustainable accountability, sound judgment and lasting confidence. 

To learn more about Leslie's resume, coaching style and innovative curriculum, or to book season long consulting visit the NextStep Baseball website. Offerings, products and pricing vary depending on participant needs and commitment.  


WHO ARE YOU, WHAT DO YOU WANT AND WHAT PRICE ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY TO ACTUALLY BE THAT?

OF THE 34,198 NCAA BASEBALL PLAYERS, 7,600 ARE DRAFT ELIGIBLE AND ONLY 738 OF THOSE ELIGIBLE WILL BE DRAFTED OR SIGNED TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY. 

THERE IS A 9.7% CHANCE OF PLAYING BEYOND COLLEGE and a 0% GUARANTEE OF "MAKING IT" TO THE MAJORS. FOR THOSE WHO DO "MAKE IT," THE QUESTION QUICKLY BECOMES HOW LONG THEY WILL STAY.

ARE THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOR? YOU DECIDE.


A Minute With Leslie & NextStep Baseball

Fox Sports Interview Baylor vs. Texas May 2015

Fox Sports Interview Baylor vs. Kansas April 2014


CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

what nextstep baseball clients are saying... 

Leslie is a game-changer for so many reasons...she’s a great human with an insane work ethic, who communicates, connects, supports, empathizes and loves, all while being tough as nails.
— Head NCAA Division I Baseball Coach
“Leslie is professional, passionate, personable, and genuine. Our conversations are challenging and informative. I respect her character as well as her competence. NextStep Baseball is extremely productive for both players and coaches if the values of the baseball program go beyond the scoreboard.”
— Head Division I Baseball Coach, Big XII Conference
“I would describe [NextStep Baseball] as life changing. It has helped me mature.”
— Division I College baseball 1st Baseman
“Do it, change us, you have an amazing gift. I’m just glad I met you before you got to the important stuff.”
— 1st Round Draft Pick, Major League Baseball 3rd Baseman
“Leslie made me feel like everything about me mattered.”
— Division I College Baseball Outfielder
“Leslie cares and desires to listen, not talk like most people, but listen and then help me come to a solution. She is always helpful and a breath of fresh air. She passionately lives her life with energy, integrity, and a love for others that is hard to find. NextStep Baseball has reminded me of why I play baseball, which helps me succeed.”
— Division I College Baseball Ist Baseman
“Leslie made me feel like I was important for the team and put it in perspective. She treats you like a close friend. She is caring, personable, and interested in you. NextStep Baseball has taught me that there is a reason for everything.”
— Division I College Baseball Catcher
“[NextStep Baseball] has helped me to control my ego and confidence. It has helped my mental game a lot.”
— Division I College Baseball Outfielder
A++
— Division I College Baseball Pitcher
“She’s an unbelievable communicator who taught me something every time I spoke with her. I know that she’ll continue that with every new guy in the program, whether they need to work through something in life or just need somebody who knows what it means to listen.”
— 2nd Round MLB Drafted Pitcher
“[NextStep Baseball] has helped me understand myself as a leader and how I can make others better around me. It has made me a better leader, teammate, son, brother, boyfriend and person.”
— Former Division I College Baseball Catcher, Current MiLB Catcher
“Leslie truly wants to help and is good at what she does. NextStep Baseball has helped me visualize what my values are and understand my perspective on life and what matters most. It offers an opportunity to set goals and clear-cut ways of achieving them by a certain date.”
— Division I College Baseball Shortstop
“This is definitely one of the greatest programs I’ve been part of. I’ve learned a lot about myself and that alone has given me peace of mind, slowed me down mentally, given me more confidence, and kept me more consistent.”
— Division I College Baseball Outfielder
“As an athlete who was struggling the first two years of his college career and has finally seen some success through my exercises with this program in place, I 100% recommend and am on board with everything Leslie says.”
— Division I College Baseball Outfielder
“I talk to you because it’s easy. You get it, kid. It’s simple.”
— Head Division I Baseball Coach, Big XII Conference
“I believe [NextStep Baseball] has brought us closer as brothers and allowed us to fully trust each other through certain talks. We now play for each other.”
— Division I College Baseball Pitcher
“I think [NextStep Baseball] has helped the team as a group to realize we have to want to succeed more than we do now. Not only as individuals but everyone. We have gained more maturity as a group and found out what it’s really going to take.”
— Division I College Baseball Middle Infielder
“Leslie is someone who I could call at any point in my life and I would know she would be there for me. A genuine person and very inspiring.”
— Division I College Baseball Shortstop

IN THIS GAME AND IN OUR LIVES, RELATIONSHIPS ARE OUR GREATEST TEACHERS. TO THE PLAYERS, COACHES AND PEOPLE WHO CONTINUE TO INVITE ME INTO YOUR LIVES AND TEACH ME ABOUT LIFE THROUGH A GAME WE LOVE: THANK YOU.

LESLIE'S APPROACH

I believe every player is a prospect until proven otherwise and I treat each athlete accordingly. I’m not a psychologist; I’m a catalyst. I don’t entertain; I empower. I’m not here to diagnose you or suggest you need any fixing at all; I’m here to remind you that you have a gift. This is not mental conditioning; it’s above and beyond that. When your character is in check, your mind follows. It actually is that simple. It’s not what’s between your ears; it’s what’s in your heart.

This is about who you are, what you want, and what price you’re willing to pay to actually be that. The fact is, you’re really good—so what do we do about that?

Welcome to the 1%.

My aim is not to work with every team, every coach or every player; my desire is to work with the right teams, right coaches, right players and most importantly the right people. NextStep Baseball is not for everyone, it is designed for those ready to win in all facets of sport and life. I do not market myself or this program with the names of my clients. Their efforts, discipline and results are their own. I rely on truth and time to speak about what we are doing, why we are doing it and the lasting impact we are creating.