8 Baseball Lessons We Teach Our Players… But Hopefully Not Our Kids!

Lantz Wheeler


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  1. Kurt Greenwood says:

    Great article! Long story short I got my son 6 pitching lessons in the st. louis area and is helped him to some degree. but i found him thinking too much about the left elbow up, arm at 45 degrees and…. Again it helped somewhat. I noticed the kids at the school and in the better league he was playing in (it was a great league) all the kids had the same motion and delivery. I then noticed that in the MLB there was a great diversity of deliveries. My son had lower velocity and a great slider and a delivery coaches said couldn’t be picked up by hitters. His low velocity fastball that he could put where he wanted jammed many hitters. He went to a D2 single school camp uninvited as a sophomore and the head coach caught up with him and two others after the camp and asked him to come back to camp the next year. he liked him (somewhat) because his ball moved, his delivery couldn’t be picked up and he threw good strikes with every type of pitch in every quadrant. But I also understand the desire for velocity. A kid was pitching in an all star game my son was pitching in. This kid had a great live fastball (left handed and was tall and projectable). He was raw and walked the first three batters. coaches were yelling instructions on mechanics the whole time and I could tell he was thinking too much. After the three walks he just started to throw naturally and struck out the side. Actually his ball was moving better as well. It was a noticeable difference. He was able to feel his way back into the strike zone. Again, I’m a proponent of mechanics but not cookie cutter necessarily. My son decided not to pursue college ball (he had a few NAIA and D3 opportunities and never went back to that D2 camp) and is still glad he didn’t but I still would have taken him to your coaching in retrospect if I had known years ago. He hated the mechanical rules of the system he learned under and didn’t want to keep going and learning to be someone he wasn’t as a pitcher (he’s not a rebellious kid). I saw enough times how other kids became like the other kids and became bored with the process because their bodies were being trained but not their minds. sorry for the unedited rant!

  2. Wild Bill says:

    Love it love it love it you say it better than I can so I just sit there and rinse and repeat I send it out there to everybody in my contacts Snapchat Twitter keep it coming
    Thx Wild Bill

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