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It’s 2020.

April 14, 2020
There is no excuse not to be very knowledgeable about what you’re passionate about anymore. None. In the history of the mankind, it has never been easier to access information. Thanks social media! From the comfort of your own couch you can learn… How guys like J.D. Martinez or Josh Donaldson transformed their swings and went from average hitters to elite hitters…literally they will tell you. What the trainers for guys like Scherzer, Kershaw, and Cole are recommending for their offseason throwing and training programs…literally they will tell you. Strategies and advice from college coaches (the ones who’s opinions actually matter) about the recruiting process and what you need to do to be successful in college…literally they will tell you. So why don’t you know these things? Sorry guys but it’s because you’re either lazy or you don’t care enough. Information is too easy to access anymore for there to be another reason. You want a competitive advantage? You want to reach your potential? You want to out perform your peers? Learn! Being more educated about things, such as, the game, training, or nutrition is a legal steroid. A legal steroid that anyone can take…no matter how good or bad you are to help you transform your game and that you can obtain by simply using your phone and two thumbs. Read, listen, watch. It’s all in your hands…literally. It’s 2020…you can’t play the naive card anymore. Right now could not be a better time to learn. There’s a reason why people say that knowledge is power. Because it is. It’s a legal steroid. Be obsessed.
Baseball Wellness

Hero’s Get Remembered But…

April 6, 2020
Legends never die! We all remember that famous quote from The Sandlot right!? Whether we realize it or not, what we are dealing with right now is historic. It is something that is (hopefully) a once in a lifetime type event…totally unprecedented in modern times. We are literally quarantined to our homes. Wow. What does this have to do with The Sandlot? Well, guys, legends are made during the darkest of times. They are created through struggle. They are shaped by conflict. Legends aren’t built from sun shines, rainbows, and unicorns. They are forged from the most arduous of conditions. That is now.  Will you let these circumstances define you in a negative way or will you rise up and become a legend? Will you be THE player that we talk about years from now that came out of this disastrous situation a completely transformed player? Bigger, faster, stronger…better…more determined than ever…an absolute beast produced despite all of this turmoil. So the question is, “will you be a legend”? Or will you be one of the thousands of players that will use this an excuse as to why they “didn’t make it”? Guess what guys…someone is going to make it. Will it be you? This is the ultimate test of resilience. Become a legend. Someone will. Be obsessed.
Baseball Wellness

Avoid the Lull

March 30, 2020
The first week or two of quarantining was probably fun for most of you. You got to sleep in, post cool videos of you working out at home, and barely do any school work.However, as the quarantine continues, it will get harder and harder to avoid the lull. The lull consists of things like spending way too much time on the couch, skipping workouts, and/or eating crap (just to name a few). Instead of…well…doing the opposite of all those things.To repeat the theme of last week, THERE WILL BE BASEBALL AGAIN and those that have invested in themselves during this time will reap the rewards of their choices when we’re all back between the lines.So how do we avoid the lull? Here are a couple of suggestions…#1-Write down your short and long term goals then hang them somewhere visible (or even make them the background of your phone). This way when you’re having trouble getting motivated, you’ll be reminded why you need to get your butt off the couch!#2-Find a way to compete. Whether it’s having a push-up contest with your brother or FaceTiming a teammate to see who can hit the most consecutive lasers off a tee, adding a competitive element to everything you’re doing will make you push yourself and also add another layer of accountability to your daily routine.Now is the time to get creative in your preparation rather than give up on it! Avoid the lull guys…it WILL be worth it. Be obsessed.
Baseball Wellness

This Sucks

March 23, 2020
Regardless of who you are, you lost something this spring…your HS season, your college season, your team’s season, or your son’s season. Baseball is in a pause. This is something that we’ve never seen at this large of a scale…ever. This sucks. There is no denying it.   There are not enough synonyms of “awful” that will ever describe what has been taken away from so many people this spring due to COVID-19. It is absolutely unfair.   So what can we do about it?   The answer, make the best of the situation. Screw COVID-19!   Your season got canceled? You can’t change that. What you CAN do is control what you look like the next time you do get to step on the field. And there will be a next time.   No field? No gym? No proper training equipment? You know who else doesn’t have any of those things? All the players you will be competing against! The players that will be successful when this is all over will be the ones that got creative and found a way to improve when the odds were against them.   Don’t focus on the things you can’t control or the things that were taken away from you. Focus on being ready next time you GET to step on the field. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute


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Edwin Lee, Goldey-Beacom College 1B/OF

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Julie Bossler, MSI Lesson Client

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Julie McHugh, MSI Lesson Client

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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

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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