CSULB Coach Cautions Parents: Raise Men, Not Just Ballplayers

CSULB Coach Cautions Parents: Raise Men, Not Just Ballplayers

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ve probably figured out by now that Lefty plays for a travel ball organization called MIT. What you might not know is that while MIT officially stands for Mentoring, Instruction and Training, my wife and some of the other MIT moms often joke that it should really stand for “Men in Training” (because of the important life lessons our kids are learning through baseball.) Looks like the MIT moms…

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Young Player’s Arm is Sore…Now What?

Young Player’s Arm is Sore…Now What?

Having a sore arm is a part of baseball. Throwing a baseball is an inherently difficult and unnatural motion. And if you have a baseball player, there will most likely be a time when you hear, “My arm is sore.” We can spend hours (if not days or weeks) discussing important topics like prevention, training and overuse. As a parent of a youth baseball player, I know it’s my responsibility to be well-informed and his…

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Mother’s Day Gift for the Baseball Mom

Mother’s Day Gift for the Baseball Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 10 this year. I know because I Googled it. Here is a little something to show mom the love. Happy Mother’s Day to all the baseball moms! This is one of my favorite gifts for moms. Made by a small home business TwentyandBelow on Etsy run by mother-daughter duo Sylvia and Stephanie. Item Details: Take me out to the ball game! These necklaces are made out of actual leather baseballs. Each ball has been…

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The Swing Bat Review

The Swing Bat Review

  Lefty and I recently had the opportunity to review The Swing Bat.  The Swing Bat is designed to improve swing mechanics by giving an immediate three-phase feed back; hear it, see it and feel it. Lefty enjoyed using it and we had fun filming this review. Check out our review in this video and read below for more information. Product Information: The Swing Bat is an excellent training tool that gets your swing on…

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Youth Baseball Talk – Podcast

Youth Baseball Talk – Podcast

    I have a new favorite podcast called Youth Baseball Talk with Jim Cromer. One day while scrolling through iTunes I decided to look for a podcast related to a subject I think about everyday, youth baseball. I found Jim Cromer’s Youth Baseball Talk and gave it a listen. The intro music began (John Fogerty’s Centerfield – the best baseball song ever, right) and I was hooked. If you are the parent of a young ball player,…

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CSUN Head Coach Greg Moore Answers This One Question For Parents and Players

CSUN Head Coach Greg Moore Answers This One Question For Parents and Players

Over the past few months, I have reached out to NCAA and NAIA head baseball coaches and asked one question that has intrigued me for some time. The response to this question has been tremendous and some times even stunning. Over 100 coaches have provided their perspective to my question. As I am compiling their answers, I wanted to share one response from current head coach at California State University Northridge, Greg Moore. Coach Moore…

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His College Recruiting Secrets Will Surprise You — My Interview with CSUSM Pitching Coach Hause

His College Recruiting Secrets Will Surprise You — My Interview with CSUSM Pitching Coach Hause

  When I reached out to Coach Hause and asked if he’d be willing to sit down for a chat about youth baseball he replied immediately and said he’d do anything he could to help. Coach Hause is the pitching coach for California State University San Marcos, which gained NCAA status last summer and was recently approved for Div II candidacy. He is one of the best and most knowledgeable pitching coaches in the region, known for…

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Give The Gift of Little League

Give The Gift of Little League

  Recently, I asked minor league player Drew Heid if he could go back to his days of youth baseball would he do anything different.  He responded “No, not at all. Youth baseball was the reason I fell in love with baseball.” That got me thinking.  Are there kids who may not have the opportunity to play youth baseball because of the cost? I spoke with Andy Setter, President of Vista National Little League, and he…

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Player Spotlight – Drew Heid

Player Spotlight – Drew Heid

I would like to thank Drew on giving his insight on what it takes to get to the professional level. I was thrilled when Drew agreed to answer some questions for the benefit of young players and parents. Drew plays in The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization spending time with the AA Arkansas Travelers and AAA Salt Lake Bees in 2014. In his minor league career, he has 1514 at bats with a .289 average. He was selected by…

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Why Young Pitchers Should Learn A Changeup

Why Young Pitchers Should Learn A Changeup

Okay, I know it is not as entertaining as a nasty curveball. Batters won’t bail, duck and swing like a corkscrew out of the box.  Most fans in the stands won’t ooh and aah when they see it. It is not widely used especially in youth baseball.  It takes time to learn a grip that works and most of all, trust it.  But, done right…it is awesomely nasty!  It is the changeup. Lefty has been working…

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