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When it comes to baseball, I'm nobody.

Yet I've helped transform the swings, and careers, of a number of major leaguers, including...

And helped reinvigorate the offense of HSSU, a college (NAIA) baseball team for whom I was the Hitting Coordinator from February 2016 through the 2017 season.

Year

AVG

SLG

XBHs

2013

.248

.324

56

2014

.298

.412

72

2015

.263

.357

74

2016

.311

.449

144

2017

.334

.472

142

Most recently, I helped Adam Wainwright get back on track after a rough start to the season, by helping him understand Timing.

HOW?
When I started coaching and working with my kids and their friends, I didn't know anything -- less than nothing, in truth -- so I did what my Big 5 consulting background (AC and E&Y) taught me to do.

I started studying the industry.

That meant benchmarking the best practices of great hitters like...

  • Ted Williams
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Stan Musial
  • Albert Pujols

...and great pitchers like...

  • Nolan Ryan
  • Tom Seaver
  • Mariano Rivera
  • Justin Verlander 

...to see what they did and what made them successful.

Actually.

I say "actually" because I quickly came to understand that what I was taught, and what most people were and are still teaching, was and is not what the best players actually do.

If you want to learn what I discovered and what I taught my kids and now my clients, I offer a series of baseball webBooks, eBooks, and streaming DVDs.

Chris,

Coastal Carolina LogoI appreciate all u do.

I have nothing but great respect for your passion and conviction.

Stay on plane, my friend.

Kevin Schnall
Coastal Carolina Baseball
2016 NCAA D-1 National Champions

SUMMARY
Student of the Game. Swing coach for MLB & college hitters. College Hitting Coordinator. Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Albert Pujols, Nolan Ryan, Mariano Rivera, and Justin Verlander obsessive. Rotational Hitting Hitting and Pitching DVDs & eBooks. Lecturer on innovation, entrepreneurship & elevator pitch. @thepainguy

DOMINANT & DURABLE
While I spend a lot of time thinking about pitching injuries, I'm just as interested in velocity as you are.

Comparison of Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Matt Harvey, and Jose Fernandez

Harvey, Seaver, Fernandez, and Ryan

So, why are some pitchers both dominant and durable while others can't stay healthy?

Is it due to more than just luck?

What is the secret of pitchers like Justin Verlander who throw hard but also stay relatively healthy?

THE EPIDEMIC
The Epidemic
My focus of late has been on identifying the root causes of the Tommy John surgery and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome epidemic. That starts with three common, but dangerous, movement patterns...

Tragically, they are being sold as proper pitching mechanics but, in truth, they tend to create a severe problem with pitchers...

...that I call...

...and are the root cause of the injury problems of pitchers like...

GREAT NEWS FOR ELBOWS!
Matt Harvey's Pitching MechanicsDr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI has come to agree with me that, at a minimum, there is no good reason to teach throwers and pitchers to point the ball at second base, a movement that I call the Tommy John Twist. As a result, he has recommended that USA Baseball change how they teach throwing and pitching.

CONGRATS MARK TRUMBO!
Mark Trumbo's Hitting MechanicsCongratulations to client Mark Trumbo on winning the 2016 MLB home run title. My Power Hitting Mechanics webbook and accompanying ebooks and flipbooks helped him improve his ability to hit for both power and average. My Mark Trumbo Hitting Diary explains how.

MAJOR LEAGUE CREDENTIALS
Major league hitters who I have helped get to the big leagues, or improve their performance, include...

I also consulted on the swings of several Cardinals hitters during August and September 2016...

  • Matt Holliday
  • Jhonny Peralta
  • Stephen Piscotty

I continue to work with prospects. I only charge my clients when they reach the major league level.

Contact me to learn more.

FREE 10-MINUTE CLINICS
Increasingly, instructors seem to believe more is more; that to stand out, you have to overwhelm people with information and drills. The more I work with both youth coaches and college players, the more I'm finding less is more. That's the logic behind my 10-minute...

It's also the logic behind all of my hitting and pitching products.

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...

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. 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.

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. 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

The Paradox Of Pain Home Page
CLIENTS
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LATEST
THE LIST: Injury Predictions
The Epidemic
- It's the Timing, Stupid
- Flat Arm Syndrome
- The Truth About the Inverted W
Dominant & Durable
Saving the Cardinals
PRESS
Press Coverage and Inquires
PHILOSOPHY
Hitting
The Problem
FREE Hitting Clinic
Rotational Hitting
The High-Level Swing
Pitching
The Problem
FREE Pitching Clinic  
Dominant & Durable
The Epidemic
FLIPBOOKS
Flipbooks
WEBBOOKS
Hitting
Pitching
Become a Client
Veterans Appreciation Program
STREAMING DVDs
Chris O'Leary's Hitting DVD
Chris O'Leary's Pitching DVD
Hitting & Pitching DVD Bundle
New Products
The Epidemic
Dominant & Durable
Dominant & Durable: David Price
Dominant & Durable: Nolan Ryan
Become a Client!
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Secrets of Albert Pujols' Swing
Fixing Bat Drag
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Pitching Presentation
COMMUNICATION
Elevator Pitch Essentials
INNOVATION
The Paradox of Pain
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