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I know players…coaches can really get on your case sometimes about the “little” things. They seem so pointless! Does it really matter if you forget to wear the right practice shirt, show up to the field 4 minutes after report time, skip one rep in the weight room, or are backing up a base 10ft behind the bag, instead of 15ft like he said?   Will not doing one of these things cost you a

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We had our first ever MLB/MiLB Roundtable last week which was open to our own players and families, but also the general public. It was made up of current pros who discussed things such as their journey to pro ball, what a day in the life of an MLB player is like, etc.    There were so many great messages and take aways, however, today I want to discuss one in particular…   One of

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The amount of “bad” information out regarding amateur baseball there is beyond alarming. This can span from recruiting to player development and everything in-between, but today I want to focus on a player’s “timeline”. It seems like everyone thinks that if they don’t hit certain check points at certain ages (Little League All-Star, “top” 13U travel team, DI offers as a Sophomore, etc.) then their career is over. Please do NOT buy into that timeline

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First off, I am 100% stealing this line from one of our parents (thanks Matt!). I truly believe that the thought of failing, in front of everyone, is what holds the majority of players back from being the best they can be.   To reach your ceiling, you need to work REALLY hard. So hard that people are going to look at you funny and ask, “why are you working so hard?”   At that

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This past week was the NCAA Early Signing Period which means that all of the seniors in high school that have committed to play in college get to sign their National Letter of Intent.    We were fortunate to have A TON of 2019 commits…28 to be exact (and counting!). We had a special ceremony for the players who committed to honor them for reaching this particular goal of theirs. Below are some of our

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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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