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The Year My Dad Died And I Rode The Pine For An Entire Season

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When I was 13 years old, my family and I moved from Klamath Falls, Oregon to Sumter, South Carolina.  The sons of a career Air Force enlisted man, my two brothers and I were no strangers uprooting and starting over.  Entering the 9th grade at Sumter High School, I had never attended the same school 2 years in a row.  Thankfully, I was always pretty good at football, basketball, and baseball so finding friends and assimilating came easy. After completing my freshman year I decided to try out for…

The Enemy of Your Success Is…

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You have a dream. You want to play in college. You want to get drafted. You want to play in the pros. You can do it. We truly believe anyone can learn to throw 90+mph and play in college… get drafted… and play in the pros.  Why are we so sure?  Because God doesn’t make junk and human tissue doesn’t have a free will. If we add a training stimulus, your body cannot decide not to participate.  It must respond the the stimulus we impart.  The key is to add the right training stimulus at…

Finding, Evaluating and Applying Baseball Research (Part 3): Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Fehringer and Jordan Rassmann

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We presented a series of questions about baseball related research to a highly regarded Omaha, NE orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ed Fehringer: 1. Why do we need good research in baseball? 2. Why is it important for a coach/instructor to be able to review, understand and critique research. 3. How do I find relevant research (online search hacks)? 4. What are the parts/design of a typical study? 5. How do I evaluate the quality of a study? 6. What are the dangers of only reading the abstract. 7. What are…

Finding, Evaluating and Applying Baseball Research (Part 2): Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Fehringer

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  We came up with several questions about baseball related research and presented them to Dr. Ed Fehringer, a highly regarded Orthopedic Surgeon and researcher. We included his answers to the first three in our last article. Here, we’ll cover the next three. Our R&D Coordinator, Jordan Rassmann will handle question 7 in a couple of days. He’ll discuss the most commonly used statistical tools and he promises to make it surer easy to understand. Dr. Fehringer  will wrap it up…

Finding, Evaluating and Applying Baseball Research (Part 1): Guest Blog By Dr. Ed Fehringer

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A few days ago, I had a spirited twitter discussion about conducting and evaluating research in the baseball training and coaching industries.  That exchange spurred me to reach out to my friend, Dr. Ed Fehringer, a highly regarded Omaha, Nebraska orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery.  Dr. Fehringer has been involved in several published clinical studies and he his one of the editors of Rockwood and Masten’s The Shoulder — widely regarded as the penultimate…

Orthopedic Surgeons Endorse FBR Approach

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A few social media bombardiers nuked me recently when I said: Despite resistance from the mainstream, three separate orthopedic surgeons agree with the statement and have endorsed our process at The Florida Baseball Ranch. Dr. Ed Fehringer is from Omaha, NE. We have worked with his son for a few years now. Here’s what he say: “As an orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, I found myself frequently judging most baseball families as delusional when I would see…

Strangle The Suck Out Of It

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Championship seasons suck until they’re over and you get to bask in the glory. They suck because they’re demanding, grueling, full of pressure, etc…but a winning player is one who knows how to embrace the suck! Nobody knows that better than an army man. Here’s what I mean: Last week I got a call from my middle son,  US Army 2Lt Ryan Sullivan.  Ryan is currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA in training to become a tank commander.  He sounded tired. “How’s it going?”…

SAVAGE = Deadlifts, Squats and Bench Press?

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When I first met Jack (not his real name) in 2015, he had just completed his freshman year of college.  His first year as a mid-to-upper 80’s lefty at a D2 program hadn’t gone as well as expected.  When he arrived on campus the baseball program had jumped headlong into the heavy weightlifting culture that is pervasive in our game.  The key to velocity, they believe, is in the weight room. According to more than 1 internet guru, “If you can’t deadlift or squat 2 1/2 times…

The Top 4 Ways Pitchers Become Disconnected

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The definition of disconnected pitching mechanics: “Disconnected pitching mechanics” describes a pitcher whose body parts act independently, away from the natural synergy of the rest of the body or apart from a stable spine, which adds stress to connective tissue that can result in injury, premature fatigue and/or difficulty with recovery. Disconnections can also limit an athlete’s ability to summate the forces in the kinetic chain when throwing, thereby limiting the ability to achieve…

4 Differentiators Of Success

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I truly believe anyone can make it as far in this game as they want and that includes you. That’s not hyperbole of fluff. It’s what I believe. It’s what I know. Without that belief as the foundation of our process, the success of our students would be impossible. If you truly want to add velo, improve your command, eliminate your arm pain and reach performance heights grater than you can imagine, I believe you can do it. But, to get there you need 4 things and they all start with the letter…