Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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November 1, 2018  

63: Jerry Weinstein- Player Development Staff, Colorado Rockies

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 Quotes

  • If you’re the head coach then you need to be able to do everything. You obviously need to delegate but you also need to have an understanding of every aspect on the field.

 

  • In the end you’ve gotta be committed to winning. Its not the 9 best its always the best 9.

 

  • Baseball is a relationship game. Its not about your agenda or your wins and losses, its about the player.

 

  • A bad swing on time has a chance.

 

  • If we’re going to be good, we need to tell everyone what they need to hear not what the want to hear.

 

  • Theres nothing more common than a man with talent who has failed and at the end of the day you aren’t going to tell yourself you wish you hadn’t worked so hard.

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October 25, 2018  

62: Bart Hanegraaff- Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition Expert, Hitting Coach for Dutch Baseball and Softball

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  • We vary a lot with tasks, environment, unstable surfaces and bats and we fatigue parts of the body
  • By changing things constantly the body has to find a new solution every time to come up with a good swing.
  • We use alot of variety and we make the enviroment chaotic.
  • The first thing I look for is the endpoint of the swing
  • When we hit batting practice, we never tell them what pitch we’re going to throw.
  • We’re trying to go away from looking at fixed movements because they dont happen in a game.
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October 19, 2018  

61: Ryan Parker- Hitting Coach

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Quotes
  • (On decision training) Athletics is just a series of good decisions, so how can we train that?
  • The thing with weighted bats is they help us to solve problems. The bat itself is a teaching device.

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October 18, 2018  

60: Jarret DeHart- MiLB Hitting Coach, Seattle Mariners

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Quotes
  • Having a high Level swing doesn’t necessarily make you a high level hitter.
  • Creating a culture of buy in and development comes down to being able to talk with your player.
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October 17, 2018  

59: Rick Strickland- Owner of Rick Strickland Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals Hitting Consultant

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Quotes
  • The difference between good and bad hitters is their ability to time.
  • Our BP is like what they see in the games, they dont go 10/10 and they struggle a little bit.
 
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October 16, 2018  

58: Dillon Lawson- MiLB Hitting Coach, Houston Astros

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Quotes
  • Decision making in practice is a non negotiable for me. We have to get guys off cruise control and just taking swings to take swings while not being engaged.
  • Every time I step into the box im expecting to do damage. We dont want to produce timid hitters, we want confident hitters expecting to do damage
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October 15, 2018  

57: Matt Lawson- Hitting Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Missouri State University

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Quotes

  • Its a priority for me to never lose sight of what its like to be a player.
  • The game REQUIRES us to make adjustments and adaptations based on how they're trying to get us out.
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October 11, 2018  

56: Derek Florko AKA Sabercoach- Axe Bat Manager of Hitting and Assistant Coach for the Abbotsford Cardinals and Yale Baseball Academy

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Quotes
  • We test 3 things for power. A vertical jump A seated med ball chest pass and sit up med ball throw
  • So many times in my career I would try and get kids to do a certain movements and I’d get frustrated because they couldn’t figure it out. Now I’ve come to the realization that everyone moves differently.
  • Rotational strength and velocity is one of the most important things there is in throwing and hitting.
  • If you aren’t strong and you dont have the intent to throw/swing hard, not alot else matters because those are the two big foundations.
  • I love using a broomstick or PVC so the kids can actually focus on moving better rather than trying to hit all the time.
  • I think external cues within a team setting would be the way to go. Tell them to hit oppo home runs
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October 4, 2018  

55: Pete Savage- Head Baseball Coach, Reno HS (NV)

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Quotes 
  • We want to raise our competitive level as a tea above our talent level every year
  • Practice is the lifeline of our program. 
  • Our obligation as a coaching staff is to organize the most efficient competitive fun filled practice as possible 
  • If our jobs as coaches is just to go out and win a game we’re pretty short-sided
  • The most important skill we can teach our players is how to be a good teammate, because it translates to every other part of life.
  • Our players earn everything they have in our program
  • We're all doing the same things. BP, Arm Care, ground balls, but its HOW we do it. Thats the separator. 
Resources
  • ABCA
  • Ken Ravizza
  • John Savage
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September 27, 2018  

54: DJ Edwards- Owner/Director of Performance at Push Performance (CO)

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Quotes
  • Movement is key. Our goal is to train the athlete, not just the baseball player
  • One thing we can all do is get our players breathing better. 
  • Joint placement dictates muscle function
  • We want to dominate the sagittal plane
  • We want to set PR’s in season
  • I dont like bands or sprint work post throwing. You aren’t going to make a marathon runner run after he’s done. You’re taking an already exhausted muscle system and exhausting it more.
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