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Critical Thinker. Problem-Solver. Writing about Innovation. Hitting and Pitching are my sandbox. Student of the Game of Baseball. Father. Catholic sex abuse survivor. Relentless. Fearless.
After the 2007 season, Torres remained stuck in AAA, and he knew something had to change. With the help of Chris O'Leary, a private hitting coach, he began looking at all the video he could find on hitters he admired, starting with Albert Pujols. He saw the way they generated power by rotating through the pitch.
I have a broad range of interests.
When it comes to Hitting, I've been thinking and writing about...
When it comes to Pitching, I've been thinking and writing about a number of topics...
My most recent project is an overview of my view of the baseball pitcher injury epidemic and some of the key, related topics...
My piece on the game of Indian Ball describes a stripped-down version of baseball, popular in St. Louis, that you can play with as few as 3-4 people...
I didn't play organized baseball beyond grade school.
And I've helped transform the swings, approaches, and careers of multiple major leagues hitters.
With my help...
Most recently, I helped reinvigorate the offense of HSSU, an NAIA baseball team and HBC for whom I was the Hitting Coordinator from February 2016 thru February 2017.
While it pains me to see the guys at HSSU regress since I left, I hope it makes it clear that, when it comes to hitting, I know what I'm talking about.
I know about training, but hitting was difficult. And then in ’08... There’s a guy called Chris O’Leary (a St. Louis fan who kept online flipbooks breaking down Pujols’ swing). He’s online. He talks about Rotation. He's got video examples of Pujols, and I watched those.
In addition to my fifteen years of research into the epidemic of injuries in pitchers like Alex Reyes, I've spent the past two years studying Justin Verlander's pitching mechanics and trying to figure out how to maximize pitchers' velocity while also preventing injuries.
You can't prevent every pitching injury.
But you can prevent a lot of them.
And still throw HARD.
Student of the Game
What am I?
Just a student of the game.
When I started coaching and working with my kids and their friends, I didn't know anything — less than nothing, in truth — so I did what my Big 5 consulting background taught me to do.
I started studying the industry.
That meant benchmarking great hitters like...
...and great pitchers like...
...to see what they did and what made them successful.
I say "actually" because I quickly came to understand that what I was taught, and what most people were and are still teaching, was and is not what the best players actually do.
If you want to learn what I discovered and what I taught my kids and now my clients, I offer a series of baseball webBooks, eBooks, and streaming DVDs.
I appreciate all u do.
I have nothing but great respect for your passion and conviction.
Stay on plane, my friend.
More is more.
That's what people seem to think when it comes to hitting and pitching instruction.
More drills, more videos, more of everything. All of which take more time to read, view, and process. While that's fun for some, it didn't work for me.
So I take the opposite approach.
Less is more.
I invest significant money — and, more importantly, time — in getting to the essence of a subject. To its core. To editing, not writing.
My clients tend to be people who want the best information but also value their time.
FREE 10-MINUTE CLINICS
Increasingly, instructors seem to believe more is more; that to stand out, you have to overwhelm people with information and drills. The more I work with both youth coaches and college players, the more I'm finding less is more. That's the logic behind my 10-minute...
It's also the logic behind all of my hitting and pitching products.
ELEVATOR PITCH ESSENTIALS
I have long been interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and have worked for a series of software start-ups as a result. Drawing upon these experiences, Elevator Pitch Essentials explains how to get your point across in two minutes or less.
THE PARADOX OF PAIN
I am in the process of writing a second book entitled The Paradox Of Pain that explains the critical — but too often overlooked — relationship between pain, change, and innovation.
I'm a survivor of the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis.
I was sexually exploited, abused, and ultimately assulated — raped — by Father LeRoy Valentine at The Church of the Immacolata in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Abuse that was witnessed, at least in part, by...
Then, when I went to Archdiocese of St. Louis for help, first in 2002 and again in 2011, that's when things got REALLY bad.
I've put together a number of overviews of my story...
I've also created a number of summaries of the role played by some of the big names in the Catholic Church in my story...
I tell my entire story via a series of essays I call The Sins of the Fathers...
My newest and most recently updated pieces are...
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