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December 1, 2019  

Pete Caliendo- Former USA Baseball National Team Coach and Skills Development Coach.

December 1, 2019





During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Peter Caliendo, Host Of Baseball Outside The Box which is an educational podcast, Former Coach for the 1999 Intercontinental Cup for USA Baseball, President of Caliendo Sports International, Vice President/Board Member of International Sports Group, Member Baseball Tournament Committee for WBSC World Baseball Softball Confederation, and Technical Committee for Confederation of Pan American Baseball. Peter Caliendo pulls from his 37 years of baseball experience, providing tips, advice, and training styles that he has learned from many other countries and cultures, such as Cuba, Japan, and the Dutch. 


Episode Highlights: 

  • How did Peter Caliendo start his podcast Baseball Outside The Box?
  • How did Peter get involved in baseball and as a coach?   
  • What are different countries doing in baseball training? 
  • What are some great baseball strategies in Japan?
  • What are Peter’s thoughts on Dutch training? 
  • How are other countries coaching coaches? 
  • What makes Cuba different for baseball? 
  • What are some training things that Peter is excited about? 
  • What are some things Peter may believe about baseball that other coaches may disagree with? 
  • Peter is big in having parents involved in baseball training. 
  • What are the things we would notice if we watched Peter Caliendo’s practices? 
  • What are some of Peter Caliendo’s favorite books and resources? 

3 Key Points:

  1. Peter worked with Baseball Schools USA, setting up over 60 schools in the Chicago area. 
  2. Attention to detail is key in baseball training. 
  3. Peter Caliendo was the only US coach ever to be giving courses in Cuba prior to the revolution and after. 

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Why are we teaching things that we have been teaching in the past? It could be ok but there’s maybe better things out there.” – Peter Caliendo (00:50)
  • “As coaches, we need to have an open mind. We need to be open about what we are teaching. We need to always question what we are teaching, and always ask ‘why’?.” – Peter Caliendo (01:10)
  • “Volunteers are great people. If we didn’t have volunteers, we wouldn’t have the sport.” – Peter Caliendo (19:53)
  • “Baseball can be boring. And I have been in it for 37 years. And especially for kids because if things aren’t moving fast and things are getting better...they are going to find something else to do.” – Peter Caliendo (20:11)
  • “I would say a good 80% of coaches around the world are volunteers. There are not many getting paid and if they are, they aren’t getting paid very much. They are doing it because they love it.” – Peter Caliendo (21:03)
  • “We need to get back to free play and we need to incorporate it within our practices.” – Peter Caliendo (28:20)
  • “I’m excited about trying to keep up with the technology aspect because I really believe that what we are doing is we are utilizing the technology to tell us our we doing it correctly.” – Peter Caliendo (30:42)
  • “Don’t always do what other coaches taught you, even 10 minutes ago. If there is something you came up with, be creative yourself.” – Peter Caliendo (34:02)

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