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Student of the game. Professional troubleshooter. HSSU Assistant Coach and Hitting & Pitching Coordinator. It's the Timing, Stupid. Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, David Price & Justin Verlander obsessive. Swing coach for MLB hitters. Hitting and Pitching DVDs & eBooks. Lecturer on innovation, entrepreneurship & elevator pitch. Follow @thepainguy

THE EPIDEMIC
The Epidemic
My focus of late is on identifying the root causes of the pitcher injury and Tommy John surgery epidemic, starting with two increasingly common flaws...

...which are problematic because they tend to create problems with pitchers' Timing.

JEFF PASSAN, THE ARM & TIMING
Jeff Passan's The ArmWith the release of the hatchet job that is Jeff Passan's The Arm, I have put together my thoughts about the experience of being part of The Arm. Contrary to what Passan would have you believe, key to it is the topic I've focused on since 2007 and that you should as well: Timing

THE PROBLEM
Over the past few months, and in one case the past few days, I have come across major league level instructors, coordinators, and commentators who implicitly criticize the mechanics of current or no-doubt Hall-Of-Fame hitters and pitchers like...

  • Bob Gibson
  • Albert Pujols
  • Mariano Rivera

Too many people advise players to do, and coaches to teach, something very different than what most great players (actually) do. I think that's crazy, and I discuss this topic at length in my piece on my Point Of View.

EMPIRICAL, NOT THEORETICAL
My approach to developing hitters and pitchers is very simple...

  1. Study the science.
  2. Study the best of the best...
  3. ...using high-speed video.
  4. Look for similarities & patterns.
  5. Teach those similarities & patterns.

Sounds crazy? No? Then you might be interested in my information on hitting and pitching and should consider becoming a client.

WORLD SERIES PROVEN RESULTS
Andres Torres Home RunIn addition to coaching hitting and pitching at the college level, I have a number of clients in the major leagues, including two who played on World Series teams. Andres Torres was literally my first client and put up 6.5 fWAR in 2010. He is shown hitting a home run during the 2010 World Series.

Tommy Pham 2015.10.9 Home RunMost recently, I worked with Tommy Pham of the St. Louis Cardinals, shown here hitting a home run to deep left field during Game 1 of the 2015 NLDS.

CLIENTS
Major league hitters I have worked with include...

  • Andres Torres (2008-2013)
  • Johnny Giavotella (2010-2015)
  • Mark Trumbo (2014)
  • Tommy Pham (2010-2015)

ELEVATOR PITCH ESSENTIALS
I have long been interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and have worked for a series of software start-ups as a result. Drawing upon these experiences, Elevator Pitch Essentials explains how to get your point across in two minutes or less.

Elevator Pitch ESSENTIALS Home Page

How to Get
Your Point Across in
Two Minutes
or Less

You can buy Elevator Pitch Essentials via my web site or through Amazon.com. My Elevator Pitch primer is a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with the concept of an elevator pitch.

THE PARADOX OF PAIN
I am in the process of writing a second book entitled The Paradox Of Pain that explains the critical -- but too often overlooked -- relationship between pain, change, and innovation.

Why the Brightest Innovations Grow
Out of the Darkest Emotions

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