Today we’re sitting down with University of San Francisco Head Coach Rob DiToma, whom I’ve known since his days at Farleigh Dickinson University (FDU). On the menu today:
- Recent changes in the incoming ball player
- Creating a team culture on day 1
- Early specialization and injury
Continue reading “Podcast #44: Setting up a Successful Team Culture with University of SF Head Coach Rob DiToma”
Today’s podcast is with Andy Lyon, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the San Francisco Giants. Join us as discuss a variety of topics including maneuvering programming to optimize the ever changing needs of professional baseball players throughout the year. Topics include:
- Off-season / in-season training needs
- Differences between training pitchers and position players
- When and how to apply baseball-specific conditioning throughout the year
Continue reading “Podcast #43: Training a Moving Target with SF Giants S&C Coach Andy Lyon”
Welcome back to the “How to” series on pitching, where we will be diving into various pitches and speak about different grips, cues, tips, movement profiles, and even a top MLB comparison for reference when looking at a given pitch. Next up, how to throw a Cutter.
Continue reading “How to Throw a Cutter (Grips, Cues, Movement, Types, etc.)”
I would like to welcome our guest today, TJ Hunt with Prep Baseball. I have known TJ for many years, going back to our days in Sloatsburg, NY and it’s a great pleasure to have him in the show. If you’re planning on attending a @prepbaseball event, this is a must listen. Join us as we discuss how to prepare, and the do’s and don’ts when you show up.
Continue reading “Podcast #42: Recruiting and Showcase Prep Nuggets from PBR New Jersey’s TJ Hunt”
Use your legs. Use your lower half. Sounds great but, “what the heck does it mean”? Coaches often cue this as if it’s one single thing. In reality, a proper use of the lower half has 4 different but connected and sequential components. In Part 2 of this 4 part series on lower half pitching mechanics (click here for Part 1), we’ll take a closer look and break down what I refer to as the Loading phase.
Continue reading “Lower Half Pitching Mechanics: The Load — Simplified”
Use your legs. Use your lower half. Sounds great but, “what the heck does it mean”? Coaches often cue this as if it’s one single thing. In reality, a proper use of the lower half has 4 different but connected and sequential components. In this 4 part series on lower half pitching mechanics, we’ll take a closer look and break down what I consider to be the 4 big players we need on the road to an efficient lower half:
- Part 1 – Drift
- Part 2 – Load
- Part 3 – Rotate
- Part 4 – Block
Let’s kick off Part 1 of this series with component #1 – Drift. Continue reading “Lower Half Pitching Mechanics: The Drift — Simplified”
My guest today is David Kopp, pitching coach with powerhouse University of Florida Gators, who play in the SEC and are a consistent top 10, if not top 5 national program. Join us as we discuss:
- Ways to shrink the learning curve
- When and how to make adjustments
- How to work with different learners and athlete frustrations
- Components of baseline testing on Day 1
- Much More…
Continue reading “Podcast #41: Key Insights into Developing D1 Pitchers with Florida Gators’ David Kopp”
Lefty pitcher Antonio Doganiero (Class 2024), came to us for remote training through the Baseball U Anthracite travel program in Pennsylvania, this past October after a recent commitment to the University of Pittsburgh baseball program. He was looking to improve his overall performance on the mound. When Antonio started his remote program (6′ – 167 lbs.) he was sitting 83-84 mph. This past weekend, Antonio was sitting 86-88, and he touched 89.3 mph. There is obviously much more to come here. But, how did we do this on a remote basis in 4-5 months?
Continue reading “Remote Training Spotlight: A Deep Dive into Pitt Commit Antonio Doganiero”
My interview today is with Mike Kanen, Regional Crosschecker with the San Diego Padres. I have interviewed many college coaches during the past year and I am very interested to hear how college and pro ball perspectives can differ on the recruiting and scouting front. Join us as we dig into a variety of topics, including:
- Scouting HS players vs. college players
- Going to college vs. pro ball
- Specific traits when scouting a young athlete
- How scouting has changed over the past 5-10 years
Continue reading “Podcast #40: Scouting Young Talent for Pro Ball with the Padres Mike Kanen”
RPP Baseball (RPP) and the Coastal Plain League (CPL) are excited to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership that will see RPP offer remote training services to participating athletes in the CPL.
Continue reading “RPP Baseball and The Coastal Plain League Announce Partnership”