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Tommy Lasorda’s Scouting Report on Tom Seaver What Pitchers can Learn from Tom Seaver By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM If Tommy Lasorda had his way, Tom Seaver would have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing Dodger Blue. On March 23, 1965, Lasorda’s last year as a scout for the Dodgers, he...

Dumbbells are Smart  By Gene Coleman and Bryan King If you are an athlete performing strength training for baseball, sometimes it’s better to go lighter than heavier to ensure that your technique is proper and that you are training movements that have carryover value to on-field performance. When performing the...

90/90 Hip Stretch By Rob Fugamalle, RSCC, Cincinnati Reds Proper hip function and range of motion are essential for efficient, injury-free movement when running, jumping, swinging, throwing, lifting, pushing and pulling. The 90/90 hip stretch is designed to improve hip mobility and help prepare the lower body and core...

Meeting the Challenges of Tryouts: Part II Jim Taylor, Ph. D. In Part I of Meeting the Challeges of Tryouts (1), I discussed why tryouts can be so stressful for young athletes, and the mental areas that suffer the most when they put their athletic hopes and dreams on the line as they attempt to join a league, make a...

Body Armor Why Baseball Players Should Lift Weights By Jose Vazquez, RSCC, PT and Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The ability to hit home runs, hit for average, increase velocity, throw strikes or steal bases cannot be improved by spending more time in the weight room. Spending time in the weight room, however, will...

This episode of The PBSCCS Podcast is a group discussion on being named a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Speakers: Joe Hudson (Boston Red Sox organization) Logan Jones (Arizona Diamondbacks organization)Questions/topics covered in this episode: What did you learn in previous positions that...

Meeting the Challenges of Tryouts – Part I By Jim Taylor, Ph. D. Is there anything more important to a young athlete than tryouts, that first big step toward participating in a league, playing for a team, or joining a sports program? I don’t think so. Why? Tryouts are basically the gateway to a child’s athletic...

Bear Holds and Rotational Athletes By Napoleon Pichardo, RSCC – Texas Rangers Bear holds are an effective exercise for developing anti-rotation strength and stability in rotational athletes like baseball players. They train the deep core muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis as well as those that assist with...

Life Lessons Learned in Pro Baseball By Charlie Hayes, Veteran MLB Player Every boy who plays baseball from age 5 through college dreams of playing in the Major Leagues. Charlie Hayes, a 14-year veteran third baseman with 7 different MLB teams including the 1986 World Champion, New York Yankees shares the life...

Hank Aaron What the Scouts Saw By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM Compared to today’s MLB players, Hank Aaron took a very unusual and extremely difficult route to the big leagues. Born in 1934 in Mobile, AL, Hank was 13 years old when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB. He grew up in a 3-bed room...