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The Work Ethic Ruse

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“If you wanna be successful, you gotta work hard.” That’s what they say.  Heck, that’s what I’ve always said. And, it made perfect sense.  I’ve always viewed work ethic as the most important quality a baseball player — indeed any person — can possess.  As I’ve learned more about the human body, motor learning, and the dynamics of skill acquisition, it no longer makes perfect sense.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about hard…

Find Your Dog

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Everyone, and I mean everyone has a dog in ‘em. You wanna throw hard, you gotta find your dog. Over the past 3 summers we’ve worked with more than 450 players from all over the world in our Summer Training Program. If they stayed 4 weeks, the average guy gained over 4 mph on his fastball. For most of them, it wasn’t about adding anything. It was about using what we call SAVAGE Training to reveal the dog they already had inside them.  Some really smart movement scientists label it “self-organization.”…

Anatomy Of Hip-To-Shoulder Separation

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Unless you’ve been living in the baseball equivalent of a Himalayan monastery, you’ve heard pitching and hitting coaches avowing the importance of “hip-to-shoulder separation.”  I’m not exactly sure when it began, but sometime in the last several years, someone coined the term, and it spread like wildfire.  According to advocates of this tenet, pitchers and hitters should rotate the pelvis while the torso remains closed for as long as possible.  The resultant…

How Do You Want To Remember This?

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So, today is Rich Hill’s Birthday. I did not know that. Happy birthday from the Florida Baseball Ranch, Rich. If you love being inspired by the resilience of the human spirit, you should look up his story. Rich has overcome as much adversity (on and off the field) as anyone in the history of the big leagues.   Having endured multiple injuries, on the field failures, lost opportunities, physical rehabilitation events, reinventing himself as a pitcher, toiling in independent baseball, and…

What Are You Even Doing?

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Harness Horse Racing and The Hierarchy Of Pitcher Development Get this.   I saw my first harness race the other day.  It was quite impressive.  If you’re not familiar harness racing, it’s a peculiar brand of racing where the horse trots in a style that looks like a guy who just ate a bag of rotten green apples and is in a big hurry to get to the bathroom. The animal prances around a track pulling a 2-wheeled vehicle (called a sulky) and a driver who leans back like he’s…

The Anatomy of “Lead Leg Blocking.” It’s Corruptive And Has To Go!

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Over the past few years, the concept of “lead leg blocking” has emerged as an accepted and sought after component of high -level throwing. When training to “block “the lead leg, the athlete is encouraged to execute a move that intentionally, and rapidly actively extends the front knee as the lead leg absorbs the force of landing. Bracing of the front leg in this manner, seemed appropriate. Many high-level pitchers were noted to straighten their knee as they advanced their…

Impulse And The GMs: The Most Important Contributors To Pitching Velocity

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In the spring of 2019, we got a call from Kyle Barker, CEO and founder of Aeronautic an aeronautical engineering company in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Kyle’s son, Will had trained with us for several years, and Kyle was one of the closest friends of Minnesota Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson.  When Wes was the pitching coach at The University of Arkansas, Wes had a state-of-the-art pitching lab installed.  The lab included a mound with force plates embedded.  According to Kyle…

It Will Be Hard

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Raise your hand if you want to be a major league baseball player. Don’t be shy. If you want it, say it. I understand your reluctance. For most people and most training facilities, if you tell them your dream, they’ll caution you to have a plan B. They don’t want you to have false hope. They want you to be “realistic.” They’ll often refer you to what we call “The Pyramid of Hopelessness,” which highlights the long odds against you. Frankly, we’re…

I Don’t Have To Be Better Than You.

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I played college baseball at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina — The ONLY Military Academy in history to make it to the Division 1 College World Series. They did it in 1990, 4 years after I graduated — they had to get rid of some deadwood like me before they could make their run. We played in the Southern Conference. Still, every year, our schedule featured 10-12 games against powerhouse teams like North Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, and NC State. By all accounts,…

My Shoulder “Itised”

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The other day I was sitting on my couch watching a playoff game, and out of nowhere, my shoulder “itised.” I mean, I was just sitting there minding my business and BAM! The “itis” hit me. Nearly every other day, we get a call from a player or a parent or coach of a player with arm pain that has bee diagnosed as tendonitis. The cycle they report is eerily familiar. The player feels a little pain in their shoulder or elbow after throwing. It’s nothing major -just a pinch…