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

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

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

On April 22, 2010, the Denver Broncos selected Tim Tebow with 25th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Tim, 22 at the time, had just come off one of the most successful careers in NCAA history. As part of Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators football team, Tim lead the Gators to

Back in the 1980’s, taxi drivers in the city of Munich, Germany took part in an experiment. The design of the experiment was to test a theory proposed by Gerald J.S. Wilde – professor at Queen’s University in Canada. In his theory, Wilde proposed the concept of risk homeostasis. As humans,

Back in high school, I took an art class my sophomore year. Drawing and sketching were one of my favorite hobbies growing up. I always gravitated towards classes where I could one or both.  One of the projects we worked on was a self painted portrait. This portrait was painted

Everyone has that kid in their program.  Whenever he’s around, he’s not really working. He’s either goofing off, laughing, engaging in unproductive activities, or he’s a distraction to the training environment. As a coach, nothing is more frustrating when you have one of these players around. They’re tough to coach,