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You always want to be penciled into the line up. Kind of a no brainer right?   Well, unfortunately, at some point in your career you’re going to find yourself on the bench to start the season. For some of you, that may happen in Little League and for others, it may not be until college or even pro ball.   As a former head college coach, I routinely saw one of two reactions from

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First off, I hope everyone recognizes the title as the famous Allen Iverson quote (The Practice Rant Interview-skip to the 25 second mark) and not poor grammar on my part.   Second, one of the biggest surprises I’ve run in to since diving into the “travel ball scene” is how practice is looked at…in an optional way.   Practicing your craft is the single most important thing you can do right now for your baseball

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Maybe it’s the ability to post things on social media or maybe it’s just the climate of today’s game, but it seems like everyone claims to “work hard” or “grind” anymore.   Well, I have come up with a great litmus test to determine whether you are actually on “the grind” or not.   You ready!?!?!?   Ok here are the steps…   Step #1- Write everything that you have done to improve your game

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First off, I am not an Eagles fan. But between going to college in Philly and then coming back to the city for work a few years later,  I have lived here for almost half of my life…so I was rooting for the Eagles last night.   But I’m not here to relive last night. I’m here to point out something that we really should take note of and that’s Nick Foles. He came through

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For the first time in my baseball career, I’ve been able to sit back and actually watch a lot of baseball this year instead of actually being on the field or in the cage. It’s a much different perspective and it has definitely been helpful in my maturation as a coach to be able to experience the game from a new point of view. My biggest take away from this different angle is how players

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Come Be Obsessed If you are reading this, then I imagine you are involved with travel ball in some way, shape, or form. This means that your fall season is winding down and you are most likely having tryouts soon for your spring/summer team before giving yourself a break for the first time in 9 months. At any age, tryouts can be stressful. Will I make THE team? Will I make A team? Well, I’m

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MSI’s 3rd annual Pro Invitational took place on MLK Day as 55 of the top area high school players, along with Junior College standouts and minor league free agents showcased their skills for scouts from all 30 Major League Baseball teams. While players such as Tyler Dearden, Randy Bednar, and Brock Helverson created a lot of buzz for themselves, everyone who participated displayed the kind of ability that has become synonymous with MSI. Here are

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After 1,216 players were selected in Major League Baseball’s Draft, MSI would like to congratulate all the members of the MSI family who trained alongside The Legend, Rob Rabena, who heard their names called. #Congratulations Jason Groome – 1st Round (12th Overall) – Boston Red Sox Tyler Mondile – 6th Round – Cincinnati Reds Brandon Miller – 6th Round – Seattle Mariners AJ Bogucki – 8th Round – Washington Nationals Reid Anderson – 17th Round

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During the winter, you can routinely find a group of athletes affectionately known as “The Crew” training and preparing for their seasons with MSI’s Rob Rabena. These guys have become a staple of the culture at MSI and its their work ethic and dedication that sets the bar for all other MSI athletes. Now, with their seasons underway, we provide an update on members of The Crew and see how they’re doing after an offseason

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Like the changeup, a good drop pitch can serve as an off-balance tool in a pitcher’s arsenal because it creates doubt in the batter’s mind as she tries to guess what’s coming next. More importantly, the drop pitch is effective at creating swing-and-miss strikes. When the ball drops several inches as it approaches the plate, the batter generally swings over the top of the ball. At the very least, an effective drop pitch causes the batter

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