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“You Know… It’s Always Something”… But It’s Never One Thing.

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Last week I was on a plane heading back from a Road Show when a guy noticed my Florida Baseball Ranch logo and asked whatI do. When I told him, he responded with another question. “So what do you think is causing all these arm injuries.” I get that a lot.   My immediate reflex hearkens me back to my high school days when Saturday Night Live was the hottest show on TV, and the late Gild Radner played a character named Roseanne Rosannadanna. Her signature line was, “You know… It’s…

Skipping This Step Could Lead To Serious Injury

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The Importance of Addressing Physical Constraints When I wrote my third baseball related book Engineering The Superhuman Pitching Machine, Volume 2: Conducting a World Class Pitcher Assessment, the idea of linking a physical assessment to a video analysis of throwing mechanics was uncommon. Now most major programs use a physical assessment of some sort, but there are still many instructors, coaches, and parents who don’t truly understand the importance of addressing physical constraints while…

Warning: Connection Ball Vandals Could End Your Baseball Career

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We get banged on a lot on the internet about our TAP connection balls. If you aren’t familiar with the connection ball, it’s pretty simple. It’s a yellow inflatable ball that has a little texture to the skin. We use it as a tool to create feel and feed the mistake on a few different arm action inefficiencies. We blend it into a series of drills designed to elicit more efficient, powerful, and durable movement patterns. How did we start using them? As the story goes, Coach Ron Wolforth, of…

Shut It Down Or Keep Throwing? Maybe There’s an Alternative

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As the MLB season comes to an end, college fall programs wrap up and travel ball culminates its season with the big WWBA National Championship in Jupiter, pitchers and position players alike are faced with tough decisions about their training this fall/winter. The “shut it down” police and the “just keep throwing” crowd are out in full force and the debate is raging. One side demands absolute avoidance of all throwing for 2-3 months to allow the UCL, the anterior shoulder capsule and other…

Forget Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Pitching

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Last weekend we hosted another Elite Performers Bootcamp. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the weather was fantastic. We didn’t take much of a hit here, but our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who were more severely impacted. During the morning session of day 1, we completed each player’s physical assessment and video analysis. One of the pitchers I evaluated (we’ll call him John) was a tall lefty with robotic, boxy mechanics. When he stepped…

Late Life: How Chien-Ming Wang Made it Back To The MLB (Part 1 of 3)

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Late Life. It’s the perfect title for a documentary by filmmaker, Frank Chen on rise, fall and resurgence of ex-Yankee Ace, Chien Ming Wang. It premier’s in LA on May 9th. I am honored to be a part of it. Here’s the trailer Chien had been a 19-game winner for 2 consecutive seasons with the New York Yankees and was runner-up for the AL Cy Young. But a baserunning injury and subsequent arm trouble had sent him tumbling through the minor leagues and all the way to Indy ball.  By…