Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Oddball


Things are getting a little strange around Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. In a good way. The museum and Ripley’s have teamed up to create a brand new exhibition, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Oddball™. The Oddball exhibit showcases Ripley’s bizarre baseball treasures and other unbelievable findings. The show runs March 5, 2016 – January 8, 2017. This is the first time Ripley’s has done a special exhibition with a baseball theme, and the extraordinary show is included with the regular price of admission. Continue reading

Fall 2016 From the Bleachers

f16-ftbThe Time is Now,

“Great read in @insidepitchmag about the @jaegersports year round throwing manual!! #FeedIt”

Cory Harpin

Brian O’Connor,

“Great read for any athlete or coach. This man gets it. It’s no wonder UVA is so successful.”

Perry Florio

Training Our Young Arms,

“Not to mention is it nice to pitch when your hitters mash. Cranford always seems to have great hitters!”

Todd Engmann

Steve Owens interview,

“It’s always interesting to learn how mid-majors and small schools run their programs.”

Nicholas Perkins

: Helping Children of Fallen Special Operations Heroes through Baseball. From June through mid-October, STRIKE FORCE has set out to elevate awareness of the service and sacrifice of America’s special operations community and raise funds for participation by children of fallen operators in programs offered by the nonprofit Gold Star Teen Adventures (GSTA), a member of Operation Hawkeye. For more information, visit and, and follow Operation Hawkeye on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Top Coach Podcast preview: Mike Rooney- the voice of college baseball

topcoachA former player at Notre Dame and coach at the NCAA Division I (Arizona State), NJCAA (Phoenix College) and high school (Malvern Prep) levels, Mike Rooney is now one of the foremost college baseball analysts the game has to offer. In addition to being one of the more entertaining Twitter follows (@Mike_Rooney) out there, “Roons” is as tuned in with the college game as anyone. He recently sat down with Top Coach Podcast and our friend Jack Warren. Here’s a sneak preview of the interview: Continue reading

Fall 2016 From the Publisher: Getting back to passion

article by Keith Madison 

Recently, I was in the Dominican Republic with a group of high school and college baseball players competing and serving with SCORE International. As we were traveling on our bus from the hotel I saw a group of young baseball players on a dusty field with rags for bases playing with tremendous energy, passion and a sense of freedom I haven’t seen in a while. Continue reading

@CoachYourKids how to pitch, not throw

cyoungby Darren Fenster

In Game One of last October’s World Series, the Kansas City Royals pedaled reliever after reliever into a 14-inning instant classic against the New York Mets, all throwing in the mid-to-upper 90’s. That was, until Chris Young entered the game in the top of the 12th, showing the baseball world and aspiring Big League pitchers everywhere that you don’t, in fact, need to have eye-popping velocity to successfully compete at the highest level of the sport.

Pitching out of the bullpen for three scoreless frames, striking out five while earning the win, Young hit 90 MPH on the radar gun in that game. That’s significant because it was the first time he did so since 2009. And he only touched 90. Once. For the past 12-plus years, Chris Young- who stands at 6’10” tall- generally has made his living as a Major League pitcher by throwing his four-seam fastball in the mid-to-upper 80s, one that averaged 86 MPH for the 2015 season.

In the age of velocity that baseball seems to be living in right now, that aforementioned fact begs the simple question of, “how?” How does Chris Young do it?

Velocity is a gift. Granted, a gift that can be developed and improved through hard work and dedication, but not one that most baseball pitchers at most levels of the game are blessed with. Velocity is magnified on television every night and at ballparks every day so much so, that many up and coming pitchers may get discouraged when the realization comes that they don’t have it and haven’t been blessed with the ability to throw a ball as hard as the next guy. Scouts love velocity. College recruiters love velocity. Professional coaches love velocity. But plain and simple, not every player who toes the rubber will be able to throw 90 miles per hour.

But the ability to throw the ball hard is just one piece of the puzzle to get a hitter out.

Allard Baird, currently a special assistant in the Red Sox front office, and former GM of the Royals, once said “tools are great. Everybody loves tools. But if you cannot translate those tools into usable baseball skills that can help you perform and your team succeed, then those tools are worthless.” Velocity without the ability to throw the ball over the plate may win you a stuffed animal on the boardwalk, but it won’t get hitters out. Continue reading

Interview with Tom Roy, UPI

up logoby Keith Madison

Tom Roy is the president and founder of UPI. He played minor league baseball in the Giants organization and has coached at the high school and college level. He has also been a team chaplain for the Chicago White Sox and has conducted baseball camps and clinics internationally. He is a baseball “lifer,” having been involved in the game as a player, coach, chaplain, clinician, radio personality and author for over fifty years.  I recently caught up with Tom at the NCCAA Baseball Tournament in Mason, Ohio and asked him the following questions: Continue reading

The value of the team-first mind

by Jason Kuhnnavy seal teamworkBrotherhood does not mean we agree on every last thing. It doesn’t mean we have to like each other all that much. It means we choose to set aside our differences to serve a cause greater than ourselves. This happens naturally in war. In it’s most raw form the cause becomes to stay alive. Our differences become very silly when we’re driving into a gunfight. We commit ourselves to proper teamwork in service to our cause, because the cause is worth it. Whether combat or competition we have all experienced the power in proper teamwork and do our best to communicate the concept to our team. Reflecting on my time on the baseball field and the battlefield, I now teach teamwork as the following: Continue reading