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How to play Defense: with St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Jon Jay

In the next installment of our pro tips for kids series, I sat down with St. Louis Cardinals’ center fielder Jon Jay, to discuss all things baseball.

Jon Jay (Courtesy of bleacherreport.com)

Jay was drafted by the Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He made his Major League debut with… Continue reading

How to be a Catcher: with former New York Yankee Chad Moeller

In the next installment of our Pro Tips series, we sat down with former Yankees’ catcher Chad Moeller to discuss all things baseball.

Moeller played eleven seasons in the Major Leagues as a catcher. To do so requires a balance of offensive and defensive skills. He believes catchers should be skilled in both areas.

Chad Moeller… Continue reading

How to be a great Pitcher: with 288 game winner Tommy John

In the next edition of our Pro Tips series, I sat down with former all-star pitcher Tommy John to discuss all things baseball.

Tommy John (Courtesy of bleacherreport.com)

Tommy John, known for the surgery that’s become his namesake, revealed just how slim the chances were that the surgery (Tommy John surgery) would work in the first… Continue reading

Jake Wood: Baseball’s Humble Man

It is rare to meet a man who’s accomplished great things in life, but remains humble and mindful about what’s important in life. That’s the impression I took after interviewing former Detroit Tigers’ second baseman Jake Wood.

Jake Wood (Courtesy of 1965topps.blogspot.com)

Wood, who made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 1961, was one… Continue reading

“How To” pitch effectively: With former CY Young award winner Tom Glavine

In the next edition of our Pro Tips series, I sat down with former NL CY Young award winner Tom Glavine to discuss all things pitching.

 

Tom Glavine was known for hitting his spots and getting batters out.  He didn’t have the power fastball of Randy Johnson or the disappearing splitter of Roger Clemens.… Continue reading

“How To” be an effective Pitcher: With Houston Astros’ starter Bud Norris

In the installment of our “Pro Tips” series, we sat down with Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris to discuss all things baseball.

Bud Norris Pitching (Courtesy of blogchron.jpg)

Bud’s favorite pitch to throw is the fastball because he can generate a lot of speed with the pitch. However speed isn’t everything as Bud explained. “… Continue reading

“How To” be a Leader: With former Twins’ Pitcher Frankie Rodriguez

 In the next installment of our “Pro Tips” series, I sat down with former Major League pitcher Frankie Rodriguez to discuss all things baseball.

Frankie Rodriguez (Courtesy of baseballalmanac.com)

Frankie is a self determined individual. He told me “ The only person that every really inspired me was the person in my mirror. In the… Continue reading

“How To” be a Pitcher: With Kansas City Royals Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie

In the next installment of our “Pro Tips” series, I sat down with Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to discuss all things baseball.

Jeremy Guthrie pitching (Courtesy of cbssports.com)

Jeremy has played nine seasons of Major League Baseball and knows a lot about how the game operates. He told me how important college was to… Continue reading

How to be a Great Hitter: With Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs

All aspiring baseball players one day dream of playing the game professionally. However in order to achieve that dream, young players must master the fundamentals of the game. Kids especially need to practice the fundamentals in order to have a chance at the show. In order to better them in practice, it can help to… Continue reading

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