Interview with Steve Springer, qualityatbats.com

Steve Springer

Steve Springer

Spring was a clinician at the 2012 ABCA Convention. You can go to www.ABCAvideos.org to watch the video of his presentation

You’ll swear you’re reading about a dozen different players when you check out the bio of Toronto Blue Jays Performance Coach Steve Springer:

  • Was initially cut during his first year of junior college, eventually earned a whopping three at-bats as a college freshman
  • Has 34 years of experience in professional baseball and more than 14 years of playing experience, including 11 in triple A
  • Didn’t start on his high school team
  • Was less than five feet tall and less than 100 pounds as a high school freshman
  • Made his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1990 and was also called up in 1992 with the New York Mets

A man well-traveled in the world of baseball, Springer has personally been through the ups and downs of what is a very unique experience in the game. We caught up with ‘Spring’ to chat about how he’s helping hitters of all ages perform at their best.

IP: So what exactly is your role with Toronto?

Steve Springer: “Right now I’m the mental coach for the Blue Jays. I work with all of our guys on the mental aspects of hitting. It sounds great and everything, but I promise you that no one ever thought I would be doing anything in baseball!”

IP: What was your experience like as a player, starting in high school? Continue reading

Vertimax/band training

vertimax

by Lee Gordon

Baseball training has evolved over the past few decades. The days of pitchers using sand cans (an empty tennis ball case filled with sand) to strengthen their arms have been replaced by intricate band training and isolated muscle movements. Baseball is a high velocity power sport requiring high degrees of acceleration and velocity relative to accelerating objects very quickly such as a ball, bat or the body when stealing second base.

It has been discovered that if athletes can train with resistive loads at higher velocities they will significantly improve their ability to develop power at higher velocities and thus run and throw faster as well as swing a bat with higher velocities. Elastic bands have an advantage over steel weights in that they can apply significant resistive loads to the athlete but do not possess hardly any mass since the rubber only weighs a few ounces.

“Steel weights have a lot of mass which means the athlete cannot accelerate 40 pounds of steel very quickly and achieve high training velocities,” said Mike Wehrell, CEO and founder of VertiMax, “Whereas an athlete can accelerate a few ounces of rubber applying 40 pounds of resistance very quickly due to the lack of mass and thus achieve very high training velocities and stimulate power production and strength at higher velocities to garner significant sports specific performance gains in baseball.” Continue reading