Baseball season has started here in Texas and we had a fabulous opening season tournament. After my 11 year old son pitched 4 innings of no-hit ball with 11 strikeouts one of the other teams coaches asked me where I get some of my information from. This list is for him and you to enjoy as well.
Scott Lando – Founder of True Grind Systems in Austin, TX, Certified Strength Coach, Speaker at BaseballThinkTank‘s Pitch-a-Palooza. His facility has a track record of producing some of the best baseball players and athletes in Texas. He likes to share stuff about how to make sure your athlete’s body is moving efficiently and understand how to get the most out of their body.
Staying connected to the ground as long as possible allows for a ton of good things to happen on the front leg and finish side of the delivery. You have to create force in to the ground be and hold it. Crush the ground, Ride the slope. #baseball #pitching #groundforce #lowerhalf #train #truegrindsystems #truegr1nd
Eric Cressey – President of @CresseySportsPerformance, with facilities located in Hudson, MA and Jupiter, FL. & performance coach to 100+ pro baseball players. A highly sought-after coach for healthy and injured athletes alike, Eric has helped athletes at all levels – from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks – achieve their highest levels of performance in a variety of sports.
Bobby Tewksbary – one of the premier hitting coaches, author of Elite Hitting Mechanics, owner of HittingDaily, Tewkshitting.com and co-owner of AB Athletics, his facility in Nashua, NH. He regularly shares insights into hitting, swing patterns and swing thoughts. Bobby is also a member of Diamond Kinetics (they also share good stuff on Instagram) Hitting Advisory Council. If you are looking to get better at swinging a baseball bat you must follow him.
Austin Wasserman – is Bobby Tewksbary’s partner at AB Athletics, the author of High Level Throwing and he is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He shares throwing insights, strength and power development and how to develop a great baseball culture in their facility.
Lantz Wheeler – Owner BaseballThinkTank, inventor of the Core Velocity Belt used by over 160 NCAA Programs and 19 MLB teams. You won’t want to miss his pitching mechanics advice. He just joined Instagram.
Here’s Justin Grimm of the World Champion Chicago Cubs using The Belt to train back hip rotation and Gunner Leger (one of college baseballs top arms) using The Belt to train tempo. [Placing the tubing behind the back promotes faster tempo, placing The Belt in front promotes greater hip rotation). #THECOREVELOCITYBELT #BaseballThinkTank
Pitching Performance Canada – Dr. Stephen Osterer holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. While pitching for the Big Red baseball team he developed a strong passion for manual therapy, rehabilitation and sports performance. Dr. Osterer has worked with athletes ranging from the amateur to professional levels aiding them progress along the therapy to performance spectrum. He is currently an assistant instructor for the Functional Range Release course.
He currently serves as a pitching coach and athletic development consultant for a number of teams and academies in the Greater Toronto area.
Mike Reinold – a physical therapist, strength coach, performance enhancement specialist, and founder of Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston, MA.
MLB pitcher @axe_machine working on his new cutter. Refined it at the Driveline Lab using @rapsodo_sports pitch radar to get the spin correct. Trial and error has helped to define this outstanding offering for Dylan as he looks to sign in 2017 with a club either here or overseas. Will play for Team Israel in the WBC! 🇮🇱#drivelinepros #teamisrael #wbc #cutter #pitching #bullpen #pitchingmechanics #mlb #milb #freeagent #rhp
Chad Longworth – Player Development backed by data & analytic testing at NXT Level in Bristol TN/The Cage in Wise VA | CBO Chief Baseball Officer | @longworthsports. I love his swing insights.
If this guy had grown up in the United States some travel ball or high school coach would have convinced him he was “too small” to be swinging that hard or hitting the ball in the air. Last season he won the batting title at .338 with 24 jacks and averaged over 11 degree launch angle. He also had the 4th fastest home to first time in the league. Don’t limit your thinking based on your size or speed. Drive the ball with authority everyday and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. #dbaphitting #damage
Alan Jaeger – Alan founded Jaeger Sports on the principle that athletes need to develop both their physical and mental skills in order to be successful in game situations. As a result of several years of coaching and and personal study was Alan’s Mental Training Book, “Getting Focused, Staying Focused”, and the DVD, “Thrive On Throwing”, Jaeger Sports’ signature Arm Heath, Strength and Conditioning Throwing Program. Along with Alan’s passion for Yoga, this Book and DVD serve as a driving force behind all of Jaeger Sports’ training programs.
Matt Lisle – One of the original “social media” baseball coaches, owner of the Hitting Vault. He shares a lot about hitting as well as some fun stuff as well.
Internal Rotation of the hips is my preferred “gather/load” with the lower half, but HOW you teach it is really important and its NOT an absolute. Using external cues like “Show the Pitcher your pocket” and “Turn your belly button to the catcher” are much more effective than talking about “getting into your rear hip” or even talking about the hips/pelvis. Make sure the shoulders stay “somewhat” square is really important as well. The farther the shoulders turn in the more we lose vision of the pitcher and begin to create an “around” bat path. #MLB #Baseball #Hitting #Softball
Todd Coburn – The Catching Guy, Lifetime catcher who loves spreading the knowledge!
There are several different systems or options you can use to prevent the other team from picking or “stealing” your signs. Here are some examples explained by Billy Ripken of Ripken Baseball. Probably the most popular system is the wristband sign system which, when done correctly, is almost un-pickable. These are some good options if you don’t have access to the wristband system. Like I’ve said before, your opponent will be looking for any edge… we need to do our part to make sure they don’t get that edge by knowing what pitch is coming. Double tap if you think your signs are un-pickable. Tag a catcher who needs to see this. (Video cred: Ripken Baseball)
Who else do you follow on Instagram for baseball player development? Who should we add to the list?
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