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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.
Some of my most recent, and recently updated, pieces on Hitting include...
On the Pitching side, I've been thinking and writing about a number of topics...
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?
A student of the game of baseball.
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 get it. It's a horrible subject. One people don't want to THINK about, much less read about.
But it happened.
And I'm committed to ensuring that what happened to me doesn't happen to anyone else.
The buck stops here.
And that means explaining it and what happened so it can be prevented.
My most recent pieces discussing the Catholic sex abuse crisis include...
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