Student of the game. Troubleshooter by trade. HSSU
Assistant Coach and Hitting & Pitching Coordinator.
Inverted W. Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, David Price
& Justin Verlander obsessive.
Swing coach for MLB hitters.
Hitting and Pitching DVDs & eBooks. Lecturer on
innovation, entre-preneurship & elevator pitch.
JEFF PASSAN'S THE ARM
imminent release of the hatchet job that I fear is Jeff Passan's
The Arm, and as I put together a longer piece that
discusses his absurdly short 20 minute 2013 interview of me, and the lies he's told, I want to make sure people are aware of my
current position and writings on a number of topics related to the
pitcher injury and Tommy John surgery epidemic...
...and the solution to the problem...
That way nobody can say they weren't aware of their existence
WORLD SERIES PROVEN RESULTS
addition to coaching hitting and pitching at the college level,
I have a number of clients in the major leagues, including
two who played on World Series teams. Andres Torres
was literally my first client and put up 6.5 fWAR in 2010. He is
shown hitting a home run during the
2010 World Series.
recently, I worked with Tommy Pham of the St. Louis
Cardinals, shown here hitting a home run to deep left
field during Game 1 of the 2015 NLDS.
EMPIRICAL, NOT THEORETICAL
My approach to developing hitters
and pitchers is very simple...
- Study the science.
- Study the best of the best...
- ...using high-speed video.
- Look for similarities & patterns.
- Teach those similarities & patterns.
Sounds crazy? No? Then
you might be interested in my information on
pitching and should consider
becoming a client.
The Epidemic is my
ongoing investigation into the root causes of the
pitcher injury and tommy john surgery epidemic.
It grew out of my efforts to keep my sons and their friends
healthy -- and to keep what happened to me from happening to them --
by applying my experience troubleshooting large computer systems
to the problem of pitching injuries.
TIMING, INVERTED W, & STRASBURG
Inverted W is one of the chief culprits behind the epidemic because it
often leads to a
Timing problem, and Timing problems -- not arm
actions or positions -- are one of the main reasons why pitchers get
hurt. For example,
Stephen Strasburg's pitching mechanics
are problematic not (just) because of his Inverted W, but
because his Inverted W predisposes him to a particular type of
Timing problem that I call
Flat Arm Syndrome.
DOMINANT & DURABLE: DAVID PRICE
Price's pitching mechanics are breathtaking. He is one of a shrinking number of pitchers who still
generate velocity in the classic manner; with their entire body
and not just their arm.
Dominant and Durable: David Price,
is a nearly 600 page breakdown of his pitching mechanics. I
spent 2015 travelling around the country and collecting 120 fps
video clips of David Price's pitching mechanics and assembling
them into a exhaustively detailed
flipbook analysis of David Price's pitching mechanics.
Major league hitters I have
worked with include...
- Andres Torres (2008-2013)
- Johnny Giavotella (2010-2015)
- Mark Trumbo (2014)
- Tommy Pham (2010-2015)
For parents and coaches of
younger baseball and softball players, I have made available,
I spend most of my time thinking
and writing about two things...
I am also fascinated by the topics of innovation and
entrepreneurship -- it's what I do -- and I've written a book on the elevator pitch
and am working on a book on innovation.
If you think listening to the
baseball establishment is the key to learning how to hit or
pitch, think again. Starting with MLB Network and ESPN, and despite all the new
video and computer technology that is available, it hasn't
significantly changed -- much less improved -- how the game is
taught. Instead, the same obviously wrong things are being
taught and the same misguided cues are being used by people who
could and should know better.
Baseball-wise, I'm nobody.
Due to shoulder problems, I never played beyond grade school.
What I am is an experienced troubleshooter, teacher, and avid
student of the game of baseball. I attend 70+ MLB games per year, film pretty much every pitch or swing
with a high-speed camera, and then study and teach off of those clips. Does it work? Ask
He's just one of players I've helped get to, and succeed in, the major leagues.
month before his elbow failed, I saw something in
Jose Fernandez's pitching mechanics that I believed put his elbow
at risk and
tweeted my concerns. A month before his
shoulder failed, I saw that Jose Fernandez was still doing those
things, and worse, and
tweeted my concerns.
PITCHER INJURY PREDICTIONS
In addition to
my tweets about Jose Fernandez, I made a number of
pitcher injury predictions during 2015.
DOMINANT & DURABLE: NOLAN RYAN
Ryan was one of the most dominant pitchers of all time and
maintained that dominance for 27 years.
Dominant and Durable:
Nolan Ryan is a nearly 700 page,
extremely detailed photographic study and analysis of his
HITTING & THROWING BASICS
I am constantly asked if I have any products for younger
players. As a result, I have created
Hitting & Throwing Basics which is designed to
get young baseball and softball players
on track and, just importantly,
help their parents and coaches keep them from getting