STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of November 27, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

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  1. Mental Game: Mound Management (by Alan Jaeger, Jaeger Sports)
  2. Shoulder Mobility for the Squat (by Dr. Quinn Henoch, Juggernaut)
  3. Why Breathing Is The Bridge That Connects The Brain To The Body (by Lance Wheeler, Baseball Think Tank)

STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of November 20, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

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  1. “Core Training” – What It Is and How to Progress It – Part 1 (by Ryan Faer, Driveline Baseball)
  2. New Wisconsin Study Claims Single-Sport Student Athletes Suffer Far More Injuries (by Cam Smith, USA Today)
  3. 3 Tips for Improving Shoulder Health and Performance (by Eric Cressey, Cressey Sports Performance)

STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of November 13, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

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  1. Bauer-Lincecum Comparison Report (by Ken Knutson, AZ Baseball Ranch)
  2. Stay at 17 Inches (by Chris Sperry)
  3. How to Identify Excellent Pitchers at the Fall League (by Carson Cistulli, FanGraphs)

WORDEKEMPER JOINS PITCHING INSTRUCTION TEAM

Eric Wordekemper brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Tom Oldham Baseball staff as the current pitching coach at Creighton University. An 11-year veteran in the professional ranks, Wordekemper was drafted by the New York Yankees following the 2005 season, pitching at the A, AA & AAA levels for the Bronx Bombers.  Wordekemper pitched at the AAA level for the Yankees in 2006 (Columbus) as well as from 2009-11 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Sidelined by Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2013, Eric returned to Creighton to complete his undergraduate degree (2015) in leadership studies. As Wordekemper worked to return to the professional ranks, Coach Servais saw an opportunity to help a former player as well as his current squad by bringing Eric on as an undergraduate assistant in for the 2014 season.

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You can read more about Eric by visiting his bio page.

STUFF PITCHERS SHOULD READ

Week of November 6, 2016

Each week we bring you stories and articles that we don’t want you to miss out on. It’s stuff pitchers should read.

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  1. Trusting the Process (by Tom Oldham, Tom Oldham Baseball)
  2. Strikeouts Link to Better Athletic Movements Claims Study (by Brent Pourciau, TopVelocity.net)
  3. Pitching Skill versus Throwing Ability, Know the Difference (by Paul Nyman, SETPRO)

TRUSTING THE PROCESS

“If I was given eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first six hours sharpening my axe.” –Abraham Lincoln

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I can still remember Spring Training like it was yesterday. Not so much the games, but the practices. Early morning conditioning in the desert followed by PFPs (Pitchers Fielding Practice). Day after day after day.

I remember thinking, “Ok. I got it. I can field a ground ball and throw it to first. Can we mix this up a little?” But, we didn’t.

We practiced the fundamentals over and over again until we could pick someone off of first with our eyes closed. Interestingly, though, the veterans didn’t say a word. They knew the drills were part of the process. They were at the highest level of baseball and they never stopped focusing on preparing for the season. In fact, they’d show up weeks before Spring Training started to get a jump start on their preparation.

Witnessing this helped me realize that you achieve success by trusting the process.

Trusting the process ultimately comes down to two things – preparation and patience. You must be prepared mentally, emotionally and physically in order to play your best baseball when spring rolls around. Patience is important because achieving your dreams doesn’t happen overnight and there are no shortcuts to success at the highest levels of baseball.

As you continue or begin your off-season development, remember to trust the process. There will be exciting days when you crush your personal records and frustrating weeks when you experience plateaus and question everything. Both are important and both are part of the process. Just keep working hard.