15
AUG
2015

Price, Buehrle, and Why You Should Pitch Like Them

It’s a common misconception that, if you’re an older left-handed pitcher with less velocity, you have to throw more off-speed, aka, junk. The thinking goes that, because your fastball is slower, you must throw less of it as it’s easier to hit. Instead, throw...
13
AUG
2015

Tips on Preparing For Your First Off-Season

  Congratulations on finishing up your first season in the minors. After a long college/high school year followed by this dip spit-scented slog through the bush leagues, you really do deserve a break. However, before you cram your team bag full logoed trinkets for mom and...
12
AUG
2015

There is No Player, Only Zuul

During a radio interview with TSN today, the question of religion in the locker room was brought up. The impetus: something to do with Roberto Osuna having strength in Christ, which is why he’s either successful, or doing his best, or focusing… or something. Whatever it was, it...
12
APR
2014

Jack of All

People just don’t do one thing anymore, have you noticed that? The days of working at one place until the powers that be hand you a gold watch and send you into the fog are gone. At least that’s the way it feels. In my short 33 years I’ve been an instructor,...
14
DEC
2013

A Matter of Respect

After reading that Robinson Cano felt disrespected by the Yankees, I couldn’t help but think of my time with Pedro Martinez during the TBS post season coverage this year. Pedro and I were at a pre-production meeting, going over thoughts for the night’s post season...
31
AUG
2013

No To Ro

Ricky Romero is a touchy subject. I’ve already written on him so much this season that I almost feel like I’m trolling by bringing him up again. But hey, it’s a topic the people like to hear about and far be it from me not to give the people what they want. As I’m inclined to do...
14
JUN
2013

Jesus Would Slide Cleats Up, Full Story.

It’s important to understand that, at the time, I was a real Jesus freak. Most of the guys on the team hated this about me. I can’t say I blame them. I was a staunch, proselytizing evangelical who preached Christ through concussion. I routinely ruined the boys’ nights out, guilt...
28
JAN
2013

Dear Angry College Pitcher Who Hates His Coach…

Dear angst ridden young college pitcher, angry at his coach. Ah yes, the public call out. Those always go over so well… Nothing says “pick your head up” like being called a coward in front of an entire team of peers and friends. I’ll bet it shook you up....
01
SEP
2012

A Player’s Manager

I had a chance to talk with Joe Maddon today. I also had a chance to talk with Price, Jennings, Moore, and, well, everyone else on the team. I know just about all of them, and their personalities and it was great to be around them again. It’s a treat to be in a locker room...
04
MAR
2012

Perspective & Diversify…

While training with the Kent State University baseball team the other day, I struck up a conversation with one of the players about what it’s like to play in the professional ranks. These kinds of conversations are interesting because the candor of the player always seems to...