What I Learned From My “JERK” Teammate

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AHhh… spring is in the air, the MLB season is officially underway, and I’ve got the soundtrack from “The Natural” pumping in the background…

Makes me wanna get outside and throw the ball around!

Alas, those days are over…

So instead, on this fine spring day, I’m gonna share a little tidbit for maximizing your throwing program I picked up from my JERK teammate (at least that’s what I thought of him at the time).

It’s my freshman year at Northwestern, and I’m coming ...

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What if you can’t long toss in the winter?

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In Part II of my series on the long toss debate, we took a look at some of the benefits of long toss. For the sake of argument, let’s say you’re sold on long toss and want to make it a part of your regular training regimen. Well that’s great, but during the winter months that can be a bit of a problem.

See, one of the limiting factors when ...

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What Playing Basketball Can Teach You about Pitching

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This summer I was sitting outside watching my two year old play in our front yard. She’d given me one of her toys to hold, a little plastic animal, and noticing her bucket (she’d been playing with a pail and shovel) about 15 feet away, I decided to play around and take a shot. To my surprise, it went right in on my first try (it gave her a good laugh, too).

I’m a strong believer that there’s far too much ...

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The Long Toss Debate (Part II): The Benefits

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In Part I of this series on long toss, we took a look at the broader debate: the Believers, the Naysayers, pros and cons… As promised, Parts II and III will dive deeper into each side. Today we’ll take a look at some of the arguments in favor of long toss, and why the Believers feel it’s an important component of a pitcher’s training regimen.

Generally speaking, long toss means getting your feet ...

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The Long Toss Debate (Part I)

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The long toss debate has been getting more attention lately, and it seems like things might be coming to a head. You’ve got some guys that swear by it, claiming it helps build arm strength and increase velocity. Others flat out reject it, claiming it puts too much stress on the arm and leads to bad mechanical habits. Even the Wall Street Journal weighed in with an article earlier this year about the new crop of young pitchers ...

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