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Keeping Up With The Tommy Johnses?

It seems like every baseball article or website out there is talking about Tommy John surgery.  The increase in the procedure and the ages of which it is happening has raised a lot of concern in youth baseball.  There are several experts out there looking at what is causing players to go under the knife at such young ages.  Rather ...

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Carving Out A Path.

Maryland Community News Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 From the bottom, St. Mary’s Ryken graduate Roberts has reached incredible heightsBy ALEX KUHN Special to The Enterprise MichaelShort was 14 years old. He leaned against the fence of the St. Mary’s Ryken High School tennis courts. It was cut day for his JV baseball team.As a short, shaggy-haired teenager, Roberts was ...

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Point Your Toe Towards Your Target?

The phrase “point your toe towards your target” is very common in youth baseball.  Coaches and parents are advising their pitchers that in order to throw the ball where you want, your toe must be pointed in that direction.  While it sounds like a good adjustment to make it could actually be working against those pitchers. The first thing to ...

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Why We Play Baseball

I spent yesterday working with my 84 year old dad as we repaired the steps leading up to my screened in porch.  It was a day of talking baseball.  My dad has skin cancer, just had a huge portion of his ears cut off due to the cancer and is covered all over his body.  He is going to have ...

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Mound Presence – Come Get You Some

Every pitcher at some point or another “loses it” on the mound.  It might be after an umpire calls a ball on a great pitch or after one of your teammates botches a routine ground ball or pop up.  Sometimes on the mound we just don’t have our best stuff and get lit up like a Christmas tree.  Let the ...

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Crash Test Pitching Mechanics

What does a car crash test have to do with pitching mechanics? One of the most important requirements of good pitching mechanics is how the body and arm work to generate, shift, and exert energy.  I use the analogy of a crash test to demonstrate how the body starts, builds up, and releases its energy.  By no means am I ...

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8 Ways Baseball Etiquette Changes When You “Go Pro”

Think you might sign a professional contract one day?  It’s best you get these 8 things right so you don’t look so rookie-ish.       – You no longer refer to anyone as “Coach”. Your “coaches” go by their first name, last name, nickname, or skip. – No more sprinting to or from the dugout to the batters box. (A ...

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The Fear Field

Parents and Coaches, Sometimes the words we use and our approach to coaching can make players get defensive (not in a good way).   It is natural to have these thoughts (see picture) at some point as a baseball player.  There is a pretty good chance you thought them yourselves.  You may even think them now while watching your son ...

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Up and In – Down and Out…

What goes through the mind of a pitcher prior to hitting (on accident) one of the best hitters to ever play the game?  Well, let me tell you what went through mine before, during, and after. In 2004 I was a rookie at the young age of 28.  I had fought my way through the minor leagues and was making ...

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The Batting Order – Not A Rating System

The batting order for a baseball team is not a rating or ranking scale of the best hitters to the worst hitters.  Players and parents often look at the lineup as a promotion or demotion based on performance.  A knowledgeable baseball coach will always try to seek a balanced lineup. Next time your having trouble accepting where you or your ...

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