It’s February in Michigan. The temperatures have settled somewhere around freezing, and sometimes it seems the sun has escaped to more sublime southern locations.
However, two enterprising and sports-minded men are definitely thinking spring — training, that is. And that means only one thing: baseball.
Since 2014, Reuben Levy and Corey Moskovitz have shared their love of the sport by running the Baseball Lab in Novi, a fully equipped facility that offers skill building and training, individual coaching, clinics featuring former local professional players like Dave Rozema, Matt Dillard and Brian Johnson, and the latest technology and games for fun activities such as birthday parties or corporate team-building events.
Levy, 43, of Novi owned the building and was already running his own business, Global Office Solutions, when Moskovitz approached him with the idea for the Baseball Lab.
“Corey is amazingly passionate about baseball and was looking to open a training facility,” said Levy, who belongs to Chabad of Novi and Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park. “I had the space and the business background, and Corey had the baseball and coaching experience.”
Love of the Game
“Baseball is a way of life for me,” agreed Moskovitz, 48, who belongs to Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield, the city where he also lives. Moskovitz played the game in high school, college and into his mid-20s. He also coached his son Aaron throughout his youth. Moskovitz proudly noted the young man was just awarded a full college scholarship playing baseball.
The two men were also instrumental in starting the Novi Nitro Baseball Club, which uses the Baseball Lab as its home and now has 11 teams for children from 8 years old through high school. Levy’s 10-year-old son Zachariah is on the 10U Novi Nitro team and trains with Moskovitz.
“The Baseball Lab is going very well, and we’re coming into one of our busiest times of the year,” Levy said. “We keep getting busier each month. Two things that really set us apart are our technology and our membership program. For as little as $45 a month, we offer unlimited tunnel and pitching machine time, plus discounts on lessons, equipment and apparel. Also, we provide cage rentals for as low as $30 per half-hour and training packages as well.
“We have four multi-use tunnels that are 15’ by 15’ by 70’ that include batting cages. I love the batting cage!” Levy said with a smile.
The tunnels can be opened up to a full field for simulated practice. In addition to baseball and softball training, you can play dodge ball, Nerf gun wars, fowling (a game that combines football and bowling founded by Detroiter Chris Hutt) and one of the Baseball Lab’s most popular activities, the Hit Trax simulators, which project 15 different MLB parks onto a high-definition 13-foot TV screen and other screens throughout the facility, for simulated baseball and softball play.
“We also do a lot of one-on-one training for players from age 6 to adults,” added Moskovitz. Full baseball training includes instruction in areas like hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and throwing, as well as offering player assessments, 3D swing analysis and sport strategy.
“Seeing a young child improve in his or her playing and the awesome effect it has is one of the best parts of working at the Baseball Lab,” Levy said. “Right now is the best time to get in shape and sharpen one’s skills. Living in Michigan, it’s obviously tough to practice outside during winter. We offer a way for people to start working and practicing now so they can truly compete come springtime.”
The Baseball Lab is open seven days a week: Monday-Friday from 3-9 p.m. or by appointment, Saturday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. To find out more, call (248) 719-7868 or visit BaseballLabNovi.com.