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EP69 – Ryan Copeland on D2 Baseball, Pitching & 47-Win Seasons

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Ryan Copeland–associate head coach at the University of Illinois Springfield–came on the show to talk about how he uses technology to build better pitchers, how his squad went 47-9 in 2018, and how he built an incredible pitching development system at UIS to create better pitchers who win games.

EP68 – Pete Maki, Twins Pitching Coordinator

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Pete Maki Minnesota Twins Pitching Coordinator

Pete Maki, current Minnesota Twins minor league pitching coordinator and former D-1 pitching coach from Duke and Columbia University, joined me on Dear Baseball Gods to talk about his rise from D-3 pitcher, to D-I coach to professional pitching coordinator. Pete is a rising pitching mind and has a great story of work and study in the art of player development.

EP67 – Dave Swanson from ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

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Dave Swanson Tides Baseball Dear Baseball Gods

Dave Swanson, the K-Zone producer for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, joined me to talk about his role in ESPN TV production and his long career as both a professional pitcher and coach.

EP66 – Josh MacDonald of UConn Baseball

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Josh MacDonald Uconn Baseball

Pitching Coach Josh MacDonald joins me on the show to talk about pitching, recruiting, and his unique role as a lifelong UConn Husky pitcher and now coach. Coach MacDonald is known for his candor and skill in recruiting and shared some great insight into the complex and confusing world of baseball recruiting. 

How to Handle Pressure – Mental Training For Sports

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Pressure is one of the best and worst parts of life as an athlete. To ever achieve the glory we play for, we need it. To vault ourselves into the spotlight, win games and championships, we need to conquer it. Pressure brings out the best and worst in players, and can be hard to manage, especially for young players. Mental training for sports is underutilized in American culture, so today let’s discuss how mental training can help athletes of any age better deal with pressure. 

The Best Four Softball Throwing Drills For Velocity

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There are a LOT of old throwing drills in softball that just aren’t very useful. Many are ineffective, outdated, or are just plain teaching the wrong things. In this article, learn the best four softball throwing drills for any player or team, that you can put to good use immediately. 

Five At-Home Strength Workouts For Fastpitch Softball Players

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softball strength workouts

Want to get stronger, but don’t have a ton of equipment? Want to build a team workout that can be easily done at players’ homes? In this article I’ll show you five at-home strength exercises for fastpitch softball players that can be performed pretty much anywhere!

Throwing Drills for Advanced Softball Players

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In this article, you’ll learn a few drills that you can use even if you’re already a hard-throwing player. And if you’re a beginner, don’t be afraid of giving them a shot too. Advanced softball throwing mechanics can be developed over time by any player with dedication and focus to perfecting the details. 

Four Crucial Mental Training Skills for Baseball

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For baseball players, mental training is absolutely critical. With so much time between plays, the mind has ample opportunities to wander and hurt a player’s performance. The “time gap” in sports is very difficult to manage, as an empty mind allows the best opportunity for fluid action in a game. Learn four crucial mental skills training concepts in this article to help manage your mind as a baseball player. 

How to Use a Water Bottle for Throwing Drills in Softball

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Softball and baseball players alike can benefit from doing “dry work” at home – mechanical exercises without throwing a ball. Classically, the “towel drill” or using a towel in the hand was the common way to perform towel drills. Players hold many things in the hand – a whiffle ball, a ball inside a sock, a towel or water bottle. My preference as a coach and player was to hold a half-filled water bottle, so in this article I’ll explain how and why to use it.