Hate Mail And Such
You would (or maybe wouldn't) be amazed at the volume of abuse that is directed
my way. Some of it undoubtedly comes from people who think my
works threatens their livelihood. However, when it comes to some
of it I just can't figure out why people have such a problem
with me. For example, here's an e-mail I received just yesterday.
Dear Mr. O'Leary,
I just wanted to contact you to let you know that you
have no business evaluating pitching and leaving your opinions
online. Who are you to evaluate anyone? Have you ever had to
try and get someone out in a College, Minor, or Major League
game? No, that is right, no you have not. It is people like
you who think you know everything that ruin the game of
baseball. You never learned the traditions of the game and the
experiences that you gain from playing. I don't care what you
have learned from a book or researched. If you have never
experienced it and did it then keep your mouth shut. Let the
professionals do their job. There are enough opinions out there
for everybody we don't need yours. Especially with your
background. You shouldn't even be allowed to coach college ball
let alone brake down major league pitching.
Stick with what you are experienced in and have
Thanks for reading my constructive criticism.
I find it funny that this guy thinks he's giving me
constructive criticism but seems to have forgotten the
Instead, he just wants me to shut up.
My all-time favorite attack piece is one that Paul Nyman
posted as his "Top 10 List of Internet 'Wannabe Baseball
Chris O'Leary. A relative newcomer who posts on almost
every and any Internet forum he can find. Another one of the tug
on the heartstrings "you will throw your arm off" posters. Which
is not surprising considering that he comes from the Mike
Marshall "I will teach you how to throw without hurting yourself
but don't expect to get noticed" religion. Has virtually no
practical knowledge of the throwing process or how to develop
high level throwing capabilities but is very good at putting
together presentations. Again the danger of form versus
function, i.e. we are only capable of seeing what were capable
For the record, while I am officially just Number 3 on Paul
Nyman's enemies list, he hasn't named Number 1 or Number 2, so
until further notice I am Number 1.
Here's a pretty standard attack that was posted on
Steven Ellis's Lets Talk Pitching web site....
O'Leary can't seem to resist making
half-baked conclusions that completely transcend his powers of
observation. That being said, he has made some very nice
analytical treatments of various pitchers' mechanics so it's too
bad that he hurts his own credibility on this and other forums
with various psychic predictions about injury.
The problem for O'Leary is that careful observation and data
collection and scientifically responsible interpretation of the
data do not have the same ***** luster for him as predicting who
will, or will not, suffer injury.
How about O'Leary providing special counsel to an MLB
team? I doubt the implied gravitas of that claim. It's more
probable that he sends his favorite MLB team lots of letters and
they reply back each time with a polite "Thank you for your
interest" form letter.
Here's another recent slam...
Chris O'Leary is a chameleon and an internet
phony—a marketer and self-promoter with almost no baseball
background beyond Little League coaching and an overactive
To be honest, I'm not sure what Lee Flippin's motivation is.
He may be a Tom House apologist or he may just be old and
Or maybe he's just an jerk.
Here's an e-mail I recently received from someone why
analysis of the pitching mechanics of Tim Lincecum. I think
he hates it that I presume to say anything about Lincecum.
who are you? tim lincecum is obviously better than you'll
ever be. figure it out and stop pretending to know what your
talking about. you say the same thing over and over about how
"his elbows are higher than his shoulders". maybe in some cases.
they know more than you and me so stop acting like you know
because you don't or else you'd be Dave Reghetti. and if you're looking for a comeback stop now because nobody
knows who you are.
Here's the latest piece of hate mail I've received. This is the first piece of
negative feedback from someone who says they are a scout.
a checked out your site and I am sorry, but as
a minor league baseball player who is about to become a scout,
and a guy who as studied pitching mechanics for the last three
years how can you sell your crap. U dont know the first thing
about pitching and your (inverted) v theory is crap, I wish
someone could stop guys like you from taking peoples money
and ruining kids arms.
I'm not exactly sure how I'm ruining kids arms by teaching
them to emulate
the pitching mechanics of Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens.
Maybe this idiot is a big fan of the work of Paul Nyman.