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Committed vs. Convicted

February 10, 2020
One of the biggest issues in a player’s development is the inability to distinguish the difference between being committed and being convicted. Only those who are convicted will have a shot at making their dreams their reality.   So you’re probably sitting there thinking that these seem pretty similar right? What’s the big deal? They sound good! Well, here’s the difference…   Committed is 9-5. Committed is doing what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it…showing up on time to practice, practicing hard, and not missing games. That’s committed.   Convicted is 24/7. Convicted is doing everything the committed player does and then some. Convicted is consistently getting in extra work. Convicted is lifting year round (yes, even in-season…ESPECIALLY in-season). Convicted is having a healthy diet and sleep patterns. Convicted is a mindset…it’s a lifestyle. That’s convicted.   So as you now can tell, even though these two words sound they same…they are not. Not even close in fact.   Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with “only” being committed. Players who are committed can still play varsity or college ball, however, they will also be the same players looking back on their careers wondering “what if”.   You have one chance at this. If this is what you love…if you want to see just how good you can be, quit being content with simply being committed. Be convicted. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

The Legal Performance Enhancing Supplement

February 10, 2020
Hopefully you opened this knowing I wasn’t actually going to try and sell you literal supplements.   I recently read that we have approximately 70,000 thoughts per day. Now clearly those thoughts are all over the place, however, I’m also sure that some themes are much more prominent than others.   And for those of you that love the game, I would expect that baseball and training would be one of the more popular thoughts running through your head every day.   Have you ever examined the actual quality of your thoughts? Are they positive or negative? Are you thinking about your process or are you stuck on this past weekends failure? Are you dreading that 6am workout tomorrow or are you looking at it as an exciting opportunity to get better?   That is what the legal performance enhancing drug is…your mind and the sheer power of your own thoughts.    Fill it with positive thoughts and you will instantly have more energy.    Fill it with negative thoughts and you will instantly have less energy.   At the end of the day, your biggest fan, your biggest advocate, your biggest motivator needs to be you. Use the most powerful performance enhancer today. Be obsessed.    Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

Learn From Kobe

January 27, 2020
As I’m helping my brother carry presents from their baby shower to the car, he checks his phone and sees that Kobe Bryant and other are reported to have passed away in a tragic helicopter crash.   Kobe will certainly go down as one of the best basketball players in history and one of the most influential athletes of our lifetime.   Despite not being with us anymore, Kobe will continue to impact athletes and the game of the basketball with the many quotes and stories that he left behind for us.   Here is a personal favorite…   “Losers visualize the penalties of failure.  Winners visualize the rewards of success.”  – Kobe Bryant   So let’s take a page out of the book out of one the best athletes of our generation and chase our dreams without the fear of failure determining us from following our goals. Visualize your success rather than worrying about what “could” happen if we fail. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

Seeds, Flowers, Trees, & Baseball

January 22, 2020
Being patient is one of the toughest things to be as a player or parent in this game. You see one person having “success” and you immediately question what you’re doing wrong…it’s simply human nature.   Sometimes that reaction is absolutely justified, but many times you’re just hitting the panic button too soon and allowing things outside of your control to affect you.    Here’s something to ponder…   Fast forward a few months to nice weather. You’re planting some seeds in your backyard…some of those seeds are different types of flowers, while others are trees.   What will sprout out of the ground and look “success” first? The flower right (by no means am I a gardener, but this is pretty basic stuff right?)?   But which will end up being bigger? Which will end up being stronger? Which will end up being an able to stand the test of time?   The tree!   Consider your personal development that of the tree and not the flower. Don’t concern yourself with being the prettiest right this second because odds are, it doesn’t matter.   Instead, think long term…think down the road. Spend your time, energy, and resources on things that will set you up for massive success. Be the tree. Be obsessed.   PS-As you are reading this email, our MLK Pro Day is going on! This event is made up of the best players in the Mid-Atlantic and has over 30 Draft picks over the past 5yrs! For an inside look, check it out on our social media @MSI_Baseball (Twitter & Instagram) or my own Instagram @CoachSpang. If you want to play pro ball, these are the type of players you will be competing against!   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute


We are grateful for the experience that Ethan is getting and appreciate all you and the other coaches do for the kids. You guys are very good with the kids run a great program.

Crissi, MSI Parent

Brooke is throwing her change-ups and they are working big time! The girls were way ahead of the pitch. Brooke could not stop smiling!
Nice work coach!

Scott, MSI Lesson Client

I wanted to thank you again for putting on a great winter lacrosse league. This was our first year in your league, and it was the best winter league we have played. We will definitely be participating next year.

Jeff, MSI Lacrosse League Client

The instruction and guidance offered to Michael by Corey during a batting session is truly appreciated. Just to see Michael’s expression when he gets that “ha-ha” moment after Corey improves his swing or stance is priceless. Everyone at MSI is truly wonderful. Please convey my Thank you!

Teresa Eze, MSI Parent

Chris, Just wanted to say you did a hell of a job getting everybody 3 pool play games. I’m sure it was a scheduling nightmare. That’s why you’re the best!!

Tom Hunter, MSI Tournament Client

Andrew did a great job with Daniel, he really liked his lesson. We will be putting him on schedule for lesson every week till the start of the season in March.

Paul Jacobs, MSI Parent

Thank you very much for allowing me and my teammates to use your facility, it’s the perfect place to get everything we need done to get ready for the upcoming season!

Edwin Lee, Goldey-Beacom College 1B/OF

Our MSI experience has been amazing. My daughter is about to start her 3rd year of softball. Michelle has been incredible with her. She is very new to catching and her first 2 lessons have helped her gain some confidence. She is so excited for her next lesson! We will definitely continue with lessons and clinics.

Julie Bossler, MSI Lesson Client

I cannot say more about how wonderful Cory is with my son!! He has made such a positive impact on my son’s hitting and is always kind and respectful of him. I constantly recommend him to my many baseball mom friends!!!

Julie McHugh, MSI Lesson Client

My son Cole raved about his experience with Carlos. This is his first year in little league and he has been very intimidated with batting. We are hoping the lessons will give him more skill and confidence so he can enjoy his experience to the fullest. So far, things seem great.

Lori Captain, MSI Lesson Client

Nick did a great job instructing my son Patrick. He took the time to teach him the proper mechanics and build his confidence at the same time… I was very impressed with Nicks ability to get through to my son and get him to respond much better than I could.

Rick Godfrey, MSI Lesson Client

Pat Shevlin was great. We’ll be back. Thanks!

Ian McDonald, MSI Lesson Client

Great lesson with Cory last night. My son responded to the couple flaws Cory picked up quickly. He hasn’t listened to me in 15yrs but listened to Cory in 30 min.
Thank you.

Stan Ciesielka, MSI Lesson Client

Chris, I wanted to compliment you, your staff and your location. This was my first visit to your facility and I was very impressed. I have played in dozens of venues on the east coast and our experience this weekend was one of my most enjoyable. The umpires, staff and facility were A+, and we as an organization can’t wait to come back in July! The competition was strong in the playoffs and we look forward to playing many tournaments in the future. I will be spreading the word here in CT about your facility for 12U and up! Thanks again,

Bill Granata, MSI Baseball Tournament Client