The year was 1999. The MLB amateur draft was approaching. The Tampa Bay Rays – coming off their first ever season in franchise history – owned the first overall pick. They had their eyes on two particular prospects. Both were high school prospects hailing from the Southeast part of the

Featured in the image above, from left to right: Myself, Roger – our newspaper instructor – and my friends Connor and Cole Back in college, I wrote for our school newspaper. After a semester as a staff writer, I gained some responsibility and was promoted to co-editor in chief. I

The other day, I was having a conversation with one of my good coaching friends. We met back when we were still players and have continued to keep in touch beyond our playing careers. During the conversation, he brought up a similar problem two of his better pitchers were experiencing.

This past week, I was working with a pitcher. It was the end of our second week working together. We were finishing up his throwing session getting some mound work in. His throwing intensity was pretty low – considering this was the second week he had picked up a baseball

This past weekend, I watched the first two rounds of the annual NCAA March Madness tournament. It is one of the coolest times of the year. The games, pace, and non stop action create for one of the most enjoyable fan experiences throughout the sports calendar year. That is –

The other day, I had a pitcher come in for an evaluation. Whenever kids come in for a pitching evaluation, I want to take a lot of time and observe what they do on the mound. I want to see the delivery, ball flight, and transfer of energy. I want

In 1949, Harry F. Harlow conducted an experiment that forever changed our understanding of human behavior. The test was done on eight rhesus monkeys. For two weeks, the monkeys were tasked with solving a mechanical problem that required them to pull out a vertical pin, undo the hook, and unhinge

Whenever you introduce yourself to someone new, one of the first questions people typically ask is: “Where are you from?” My response – York, PA – doesn’t usually get much of a response (oh, you grew up in New York?). To which I explain it’s a few hours west of

The other day, I was able to work with a young man that was visiting from out of town. He was 13. It was the first time I had ever seen him swing. When I first work with a player, I do a lot of observing early on. I’ll watch