Former D-backs catcher turns teacher, opens indoor baseball facility


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Posted on August 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 9 at 3:50 PM

Scottsdale Batting Cages
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Chad Moeller played for MLB teams like the 2001 World Series Diamondbacks team, the Dodgers or the Yankees, he never thought teaching kids would be a part of his career track. But as much as he loved catching fast balls from great pitchers like Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Andy Pettitte or Mariano Rivera, he found a calling in coaching.

Because his business has grown so fast, Moeller needed room to expand. So this week he opened an indoor baseball facility called Scottsdale Batting Cages.

There are six different batting tunnels, with pitching machines that throw as fast as 85 mph.

Softball players will also find slow- and fast-pitch machines. All of the cages are retractable, so the facility can be converted into one giant infield.

Moeller says the new facility mainly caters to baseball and softball players and teams, but is open to anyone who wants to step into a batting cage.

“We have memberships where you can come in, use it as much as you want, and it's a lot more like a gym as opposed to what we grew up with where we dropped quarters in a pitching machine,” he explained, Moeller, explaining that in addition to kids, he has adult league players who come in, as well as guys who just want to get in a good workout.

Besides individual coaching and batting time, Moeller puts on baseball camps, baseball and softball clinics, and sports camps. He also intends to open up the facility for birthday parties.