“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway

May
19

Week Nine: Why one of baseball’s generational athletes has lived up to the hype – and the other has not

If I think about what it means to be a “generational athlete,” some of the words that come to my mind include: Game changer Excellence  Cold-blooded Intense Clutch Timeless Rare Pioneer Precise Graceful Here’s what that list would look like if I were to eliminate all of those words except for one: Game changer Generational … Continue reading “Week Nine: Why one of baseball’s generational athletes has lived up to the hype – and the other has not”

May
11

Week Eight: A Tale of Dynamic Adjustability – Bear Bryant’s wishbone and Gerrit Cole’s heater

“The only constant in life is change.” – Heraclitus, Greek philosopher It’s the summer of 1971 and Bear Bryant has called all of his Alabama football staff together for a meeting. They were less than three months away from their opener against USC – a team that beat them by 21 last year. It was … Continue reading “Week Eight: A Tale of Dynamic Adjustability – Bear Bryant’s wishbone and Gerrit Cole’s heater”

May
04

Week Seven: Why it took a 2013 deadline deal to resurrect the dying career of Jake Arrieta

The date is August 30, 2015. The Cubs are holding on to a 2-0 lead against the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth and Jake Arrieta is on the cusp of his first ever no-hitter. Chase Utley – potential future Hall of Famer – is at the plate fighting to keep hopes alive for … Continue reading “Week Seven: Why it took a 2013 deadline deal to resurrect the dying career of Jake Arrieta”

Apr
28

Week Six – The paradox of symmetry, the problem with pictures, and the why behind Matt Harvey’s 2018 resurgence

Thought for the Week: “Silent and listen share the same letters.” – Fred Corral, Missouri pitching coach  What does it mean to be symmetrical in an asymmetrical sport? Building symmetrical baseball athletes is kind of a paradox when you think about it; we’re trying to build balance when our skill largely forces us to be … Continue reading “Week Six – The paradox of symmetry, the problem with pictures, and the why behind Matt Harvey’s 2018 resurgence”

Apr
20

Week Five – Rethinking assessments, the mobility myth, and why falling behind can actually get you ahead

Thought for the Week: The Rules of Everything – by Steve Magness The Hype Cycle: When an idea is new or gains popularity, it follows a cycle of initial overemphasis before eventually leveling off into its rightful place Research is only as good as its measurement We overemphasize the importance of what we can measure … Continue reading “Week Five – Rethinking assessments, the mobility myth, and why falling behind can actually get you ahead”

Apr
13

Week Four – The Pitfalls of Separation, Research, and Forcing Movement Solutions

Thought for the Week: Parallax: “The effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions.”  Why teaching “Separation” can do more harm than good  Separation is something Eugene talks about all the time when it comes to pitching and hitting – but not for the reasons you’d think. … Continue reading “Week Four – The Pitfalls of Separation, Research, and Forcing Movement Solutions”

Apr
05

Week Three – Finding the Source, Common Ground, and Sprinting is… Rotational?

Thought for the Week: We’ve all been dealt some pretty crappy groceries over the past month. How can we use these groceries to make a five star meal?  Finding Common Ground Back at the ABCA in January, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin spoke about the importance of staying centered. From winning national championships to experiencing … Continue reading “Week Three – Finding the Source, Common Ground, and Sprinting is… Rotational?”

Mar
28

Week Two – Diving into what makes elite athletes elite

The Two Biggest Constraints As a coach, the two biggest constraints you’re going to have to work around are a hard wired Central Nervous System (CNS) and a preconceived notion on how a task should be completed. Our nervous system controls human movement by creating pathways that guide how a movement should be executed. Repetition … Continue reading “Week Two – Diving into what makes elite athletes elite”

Mar
22

Week 1 at 108 Performance

I’m going to document my thoughts on a weekly basis throughout the course of my internship at 108 Performance. Below are my thoughts from week one, the on boarding process, and some helpful tips I’ve picked up along the way. Five Tools The first thing that really stood out to me after my first appearance … Continue reading “Week 1 at 108 Performance”