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Another set of tryouts have officially come and gone here at MSI. Tryouts are my least favorite time of the year, hands down. It is always full of tough decisions, upset players/families, and a glaring reminder about how backwards some people’s priorities are in youth sports.   One of the most common questions I get is, “who is on the team?” or the comment, “I need to play with really good players”.    Now let’s

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So my commute to work is pretty brutal. There’s no denying it. It typically takes me around an hour, but with traffic and construction, it can be even longer.   I make the most of it though by listening to a lot of different podcasts and audiobooks…”Automobile U” is a term I’ve heard that accurately describes this strategy.   I listen to a decent amount of “baseball stuff”, but I also really enjoy listening to

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When talking about how to get recruited to play in college, the talk always centers around exit velocity, 60 times, Perfect Game rankings, etc…but there’s still one HUGE component that is being missed…your grades!   I recently came across these stats regarding NCAA schools and the percentage of schools you can get into with certain GPAs…   4.0 GPA= 94% of colleges 3.5 GPA= 72% of colleges 3.0 GPA= 51% of colleges 2.5 GPA= 21% of colleges 2.0

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I took a weekend off! I was in Austin, Texas for one of my best friend’s bachelor party’s (in fact I’m actually writing this on the plane ride home).   How did I meet him you ask? I played college baseball with him from 2004-2008. We were both freshman on the team and lived in the same dorm hallway.   Besides me, there were EIGHT of our former teammates that also made the journey! Some

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I hope you are all watching the MLB Playoffs! Not only are they exciting and full of some of the best players in the game, but they are also full of events we can learn from.   Let’s take everyone favorite red head, Justin Turner (Dodger’s Third Baseman). He went 0 for 4 with 4Ks on Friday. Ouch. Rough game right? Now let’s remember that this was also in front of tens of thousands of

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Every young player’s dream is to one day become a Big Leaguer…and can you blame them? I can’t! For a lot of us, the dream was to make this game our career…grown men playing a kid’s game they say.   But we aren’t going to talk about dreams today. We’re going to talk about the reality of making your dream a reality and a common pitfall I see with players trying to reach this particular

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Everyone knows Hunter Pence as the big, awkward outfielder who despite not being smooth at anything, who still somehow has been a productive big league player for a long time now. But here’s what most don’t know…Pence is know by the majority of the league as being one of the best teammates, leaders, and PEOPLE in the league.   Please take a moment to listen to what his teammates say about him and also his

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Do you remember why you started to play baseball?   I bet these weren’t any of the reasons…   -to get ranked   -to get college scholarships   -to admire your GameChanger stats   Am I right? I bet I am! I bet you started to play because you loved the game, loved the challenge, and loved competing for your team.   Don’t lose sight of those things as you get older! I know it’s

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So we just got done testing our teams in a bunch of different baseball and sports performance metrics which I really like doing because it lets players know where they are, compared to where they WANT to be.   Inevitably, I will have someone who is unhappy with their numbers question their validity. Typically this player produces on the field, but his numbers are average or below average for his age group.   This is

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I don’t intend for this to be as challenging as the title may make it seem. I would just like to make you think a little bit…   So what makes you so special?   Is it your talent? Your work ethic? Your smarts? Your grit? Your character?   Which one is it? Is it multiple? And does that trait EXPIRE?   One of these traits that I listed just now absolutely expires. Which one

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