DEAR BASEBALL GODS
EP67 – Dave Swanson from ESPN Sunday Night Baseball
Dave Swanson, the K-Zone producer for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, joined me to talk about his role in ESPN TV[...]
EP66 – Josh MacDonald of UConn Baseball
Pitching Coach Josh MacDonald joins me on the show to talk about pitching, recruiting, and his unique role as a[...]
EP65 – Why Warmups Are Getting Out of Control
How can we create the perfect warmups for baseball? Should a 10U softball team take 90 minutes before a game[...]
EP64 – Jeff Bajenaru: Stories From a Triple-A Pitching Coach and MLB Pitcher
Jeff Bajenaru--the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A pitching coach--joined me to talk about his pretty amazing journey in baseball. From being told[...]
EP63 – Kevin Vance: What Life as a D1 Baseball Player is Like
What is it like to be a D1 baseball player? Coach Kevin Vance, pitching coach at the University of Rhode[...]
EP62 – Shaun Cole, 2012 National Pitching Coach of the Year
Shaun Cole, former pitching coach of the year in 2012 and current pitching coach for Eastern Kentucky University, joined me[...]
EP61 – What The Baseball Fan May Not Realize
In this episode, I discuss some of the complexities of baseball that either go unnoticed or misunderstood by the ordinary[...]
EP60 – 5 Ways to Tell if A Coach Actually Knows What He’s Doing.
So you’re searching for a new hitting coach, pitching instructor, or personal trainer. They seem knowledgeable when they speak...but is[...]
EP59 – Rob Friedman, the @PitchingNinja, Talks Pitching
Rob Friedman, owner of the beloved @pitchingninja Twitter account, came on the show to talk pitching, GIFs, coaching, and his[...]
EP58 – How The Internet Is Changing The Coaching Industry
In this episode I dove in to how I’ve witnessed the strength and baseball profession change over the last 10[...]
EP57 – The Mental Side of Tommy John Rehab
In this episode I discuss the mental side of Tommy John rehab, and the challenges athletes face to stay connected[...]
EP56 – Improve Your Approach As a Hitter
In this episode I discuss how hitters can optimize their ability to make harder contact more consistently if they improve[...]
EP55 – Should Coaches Call Pitches in Baseball?
In this episode I discuss everything pitch calling, and why I am very certain that coaches should NOT call the[...]
EP54 – Baseball in the Dominican Republic
I took a trip to the Dominican Republic to coach a youth baseball team. This is how the trip went[...]
EP53 – Offseason Workout Structure & Travel Baseball Madness
In this episode I discuss the crazy team-changing of travel baseball, how coaches and players should approach it, and why[...]
EP52 – Do Pitchers Use Scouting Reports? Pitch Sequences and Pitch Calling
Do pitchers in baseball really use scouting reports? If not, why not? I discuss how pitch sequences and pitch calling[...]
EP51 – Everything About How to Throw A Changeup
In this episode of Dear Baseball Gods, I explain basically everything about how to throw a changeup - the grip,[...]
EP49 – Do We Still Need Third Base Signs in Baseball?
In this episode I give an update on how my season coaching has gone giving ZERO signs from third base.[...]
EP48 – Is Life Balance Important For Athletes Who Want to Be Great? | Dear Baseball Gods Podcast
I was recently discussing life balance as a parent asked how much was too much for his son. Life balance[...]
EP47 – How to Improve Pitching Command; Pitch Count Guidelines For Coaches
In this episode I try to crack the code of how pitchers locate the ball, how they adjust misses on[...]
EP46 – Pitching Through Fatigue, College Baseball Recruiting
In this episode I talk about fitting the mold as a player - how players can make themselves marketable (or[...]
EP45 – Dealing With Umpires in Baseball & A Shrinking Strike Zone
In this episode I discuss how to deal with umpires in baseball - should we befriend them? Be constantly on[...]
EP44 – How to Deal with Slumps in Baseball
In this week's episode I discuss slumps - when to panic and when not to. We also talk about correcting[...]
EP43 – What to Say In a Mound Visit
In this episode I discuss the influence of pitching coaches and how important they are, what to say in a[...]
EP42 – Shelves, Playing Time, Cutters and Sinkers
In this episode, Dan shares the trinkets on his shelves and what they mean to him, talks about how to[...]
EP41 – How To Improve Pitching Command
Dan talks about control vs command; why some pitchers command the ball better than others; what pitchers can do to[...]
EP40 – Stories from the Bullpen | Dear Baseball Gods
Former Big-Leaguers Daniel Herrera and Bill Murphy join me to reminisce and share some of their best stories. Getting patted[...]
EP39 – Mike Pinto Creates a Winning Culture
Mike Pinto, manager of the Southern Illinois Miners professional baseball club, joins me to talk about the culture he's built[...]
EP38 – Dr. Alan Nathan Talks Baseball Technology
Dr. Alan Nathan sat down to discuss rule changes in baseball, the future of technology and stats in sports, how[...]
EP37 – Basic Things Pitchers Forget
Dan discusses seven things that even good pitchers overlook in their routines, practice habits, and more.
EP36 – Excuses.
Dan talks about the culture of blame and excuse-making in sports, and how we can do better.
EP35 – Transitioning Out of Sports…It’s Hard.
For a lifelong athlete, the transition out of sports following retirement can be a very depressing, confusing time. Many players[...]
EP34 – Should Pitchers Lift Heavy?
Should pitchers lift heavy? Are pitchers shortening their careers because of the way they train? Dan discusses current culture in[...]
EP33 – How Coaches Impact Their Players
How important is a coach in the development of a young athlete's passion for the game? Dan shares stories of[...]
EP32 – Mental Strategies For Pitchers Dealing with Adversity
Bases loaded? Coach not giving you enough innings? A pitch isn't working? Not 100%? Dan tells a few stories and[...]
EP31 – Bill Murphy on Japanese Baseball
Bill Murphy, over his 14-year career, spent time in the MLB and NPB, spending two seasons with the Chiba Lotte[...]
EP30 – Sean Gleason Talks Mexican League Baseball
Sean Gleason, former Orioles farmhand, explains the differences between American and Mexican League baseball. He talked about his development into[...]
EP29 – Daniel Herrera
Daniel Herrera was one of the last pitchers to throw a screwball in the Major Leagues, and we talked about[...]
EP28 – Fehlandt Lentini – The Man You Can’t Catch Stealing
Fehlandt Lentini stole 567 bases at an 85% success rate over 17 years of professional baseball, an absurdly good rate.[...]
EP27 – Jacob Cruz
Jacob Cruz, the hitting coach for the AA Tennessee Smokies, joins me to talk about trends in hitting, the Arizona[...]
EP26 – Bobby Stevens
Bobby Stevens, former Orioles minor league infielder, talks travel baseball, dealing with difficult teammates, the baseball Twitter world, and more.
EP25 – Guide to Preventing Pitching Injuries Pt.2
In part two, we discuss pitching injury factors including radar gun usage and velocity obsession, the Motus sleeve, pitch mix,[...]
EP24 – Guide to Preventing Pitching Injuries Pt.1
In this episode, Dan gives practical advice for parents and coaches on preventing pitching injuries.
EP23 – Shawn Teufel: Sidearm Pitching, Velocity and Bernie Madoff
Shawn Teufel, former Mets and Tigers farmhand and son of 1986 World Series Champion Tim Teufel, joins us to talk[...]
EP22 – Zach Clark Pt.2
Zach Clark continues his story of converting into a Knuckleballer, then his transition back into conventional pitching, then finally scouting.[...]
EP21 – Zach Clark: Converting Into A Knuckleballer
Zach Clark talks about his 10-year professional career as a pitcher, in which he made it to the Major Leagues[...]
EP20 – Misconceptions in Pitching
In this episode of Dear Baseball Gods, I discuss long toss, tracking bullpen strike percentages, string lines, luck and other[...]
EP19 – What It Takes
Dan explains the five key things everyone needs to be truly great at sports, baseball, or, well...anything.
EP18 – Dr. Alan Nathan Talks Saberseminar
Dr. Alan Nathan, a world expert on the physics of baseball, joins me to talk Red Sox, Sabermetrics, and Saberseminar[...]
EP17 – The Yips
What exactly are "the yips?" They're mythical, terrifying, and very real.
EP16 – Getting Cut.
Getting cut, or released, as they call it, is never easy. Dan tells the story of the few times he[...]
EP15 – Slumps, Superstition in Baseball, and Variance
Is superstition in baseball worth even a second thought? How much does bad luck play into a slump? And, how[...]
EP14 – The Collapse of the Lake County Fielders
Nothing is ever sure. I started the season, in 2011, with a new team that was getting a new ballpark[...]
EP13 – Meditation, and The Worst Day of My Life
I blew the game for the third time in a row. In the clubhouse after the game, the manager walked[...]
EP12 – The Parent-Athlete Relationship
Dan discusses the parent-athlete relationship and how parents can best support a happy, healthy career in sports.
EP11 – Places I Slept
Host families, hotels, training room floors, dorm rooms, crowded one-bedroom apartments shared by five teammates? Yep, that's life on the[...]
EP10 – Spin Rate and Advanced Pitching With Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance returns to the show to talk spin rate and how it affects a pitcher's arsenal, approach, and ability[...]
EP09 – Mike Reinold Shares Big League Stories and Weighted Ball Research
Mike Reinold, one of the world's experts on pitching injuries and performance, joins us to share some stories from his[...]
EP08 – When You Throw 99mph, They Make You a Pitcher
Mitch Osnowitz, current minor league pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, joins us to discuss his big arm and how it[...]
EP07 – Matt Zielinski: Pennsylvania To The Dominican, and Back:
Matt Zielinski has played in the Frontier League, Atlantic League, Italian Baseball League, and the winter leagues of Puerto Rico,[...]
EP06 – Sports and Business: How They Relate
Former Division-I baseball player, Tom Meaney, comes on the show to discuss the parallel between sports and business. We talk about[...]
EP05 – Tommy John Surgery: Your Questions, Answered.
Dan has had Tommy John surgery twice, and he takes 10 popular questions in this Q&A episode of the Dear Baseball[...]
EP04 – Developing Leadership Qualities As You Grow Up
It took me a long time, but doing things the right way, over time, eventually made me into a respected[...]
EP03 – With Kevin Vance – Baseball Isn’t Fair, and If You Don’t Like It, Play Better
In this episode, we are joined by current University of Rhode Island pitching coach, and former minor league pitcher, Kevin[...]
EP02 – How I Forced My Way Into Pro Baseball
In this episode, Dan tells the story of how he broke into professional baseball. After finishing his college career undrafted[...]
EP01 – The Day I Blew Out My Elbow
This story starts on the day of a major crossroads in my career: Undergo a second Tommy John surgery, or hang[...]
INTRO – What is Dear Baseball Gods?
In this introduction, I discuss who the "Baseball Gods" are, and why they're a theme of this show. Dear Baseball Gods is[...]
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