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When and when NOT to throw a breaking ball

    Hey guys.  I wanted to put together a quick blog that would highlight some of the times when it would be best to use your breaking ball, and a few where it would be best to stick with your fastball.  Try to remember that the last thing a pitcher wants to be is predictable, so continue working on mastering your command of two or more pitches.

When to use a breaking ball

1.When the hitter pulls his head away from the ball
2.Any time the hitter is looking for a fastball (for instance, on the first pitch or on a count of 2-0, 2-1, or 1-0)

Playing the Percentages

    As long as I've been around baseball I've been able to understand the law of averages. That has helped me to stay focused on the fact that in baseball there are simply more opportunities for chance to play a role in the outcome of any game.  Because of the many external factors that affect baseball, even the best teams will struggle to win 66% of their games.  When it comes specifically to pitching, a pitcher can increase their confidence just by understanding that even the best hitters will make outs 6 1/2 times out of 10.

What's YOUR #2?

    Working with youth athletes has always brought me a great sense of fulfillment.  Being able to coach and mentor younger players has been a passion of mine as long as I've been an athlete myself.  Sharing baseball related knowledge and practicing fundamentals has consistently been at the top of my priority list, which brings me to the topic of this blog.
    No matter what age the pitcher is that I work with, I try to reinforce to them that when a curveball is thrown right it places less stress on the arm.

Maintaining Control

    Hey everybody.  As the season continues to creep closer I can't help but think of things that should be at the top of every pitchers priority list.  Among them should certainly be control and consistency.  As I touched on in a previous blog, control is something that can distinguish a good pitcher from a great pitcher.  We should all know too that it could ultimately be the difference between a win and a loss.  

    Some of the factors that contribute to poor control include: 

Balance and Control

    Can you believe it's already February?!  With just over 17 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, here's a baseball tip aimed at all the athletes who toe the rubber.

    Show me a pitcher who is athletic, and I'll show you a pitcher who can maintain balance throughout their delivery.  They can control where they want their body to go, and do what they want it to do.  Balance and control are vital in pitching because you must be able to release the ball from the same spot, every time, for all your pitches.

Outfield Tips

    Recently, after a team workout one of my teammates came up to me and commented that he liked the information available here on my blog.  However, he mentioned that most of the information was geared towards pitchers and that in the future he'd like to see more information targeted at the position players.  With that in mind, here's some tips aimed at the players who roam the outfield.  I hope this proves helpful to all of you out there in positions 7 through 9.

A few essential tips that every youth baseball coach should know

    As I mentioned in a previous post, it's almost the time of year again in which all of us are looking forward to the smell of fresh cut grass, the crack of the bat, the sunshine on our face and the anticipation that comes along with a new baseball season.  While most of us will be making the necessary preparations to ready our body and minds for our own seasons, there are those of us too that will no doubt be doing our best to steer the ship of our kids and community baseball teams.

Why flexibility training is so important

Here's another baseball pitching tip...

Why is flexibility training important? 

Pitching is a rotational activity, the hips and core are chief couplers of power to the arm. 

As the stride foot lands, the internal rotators of the hips along with the core rotate the midsection to face the plate. 

If the external rotators are tight and don't stretch to their full normal ROM (range of motion), the whole kinetic sequence is impeded. 

Good flexibility leads to better velocity.

Work on it!

Recovery is just as vital to a pitchers success as hard work

Here's another baseball pitching tip...

One of the most important factors in maintaining or building functional strength and/or pitching velocity is the recovery process that takes place following a workout, practice or game. 

By eating properly and getting 8-10 hours of sleep (naps are OK, too), a pitcher can hasten the healing, health and recovery process of the body, which better prepares them for their next performance. 

Don't forget the recovery part!

Work on it!

Are YOU willing to outwork the status quo?

Couldn't wait to share this one with all of you!!

With a blazing fastball that approached 100 mph and a work ethic like none other, Nolan Ryan dominated hitters for an unparalleled 27 seasons on his way to 5,714 strikeouts, an all-time record. During four decades of prominence, he totaled 324 victories and a host of Major League records. Most notable of his milestones are a mystifying seven no-hitters and 12 one-hitters. The eight-time All-Star fanned a single-season record 383 batters in 1973 and his career strikeouts encompassed 1,176 different players.