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David Dagostino

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Episode 646 Toe the Rubber with Jim Rooney and Dave Dagostino
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Episode 646 Toe the Rubber with Jim Rooney and Dave Dagostino
Toe the Rubber: Player Development for All Ages Hip Mobility and it's importance The seven primal movements are foundational movement patterns that are essential for human physical function and fitness. These movements form the basis of many exercises and activities in strength training and functional fitness. They are: Comparing and Contrasting the Seven Primal Movement Patterns and Their Importance in Baseball Pitching Delivery 1. Squat Importance in Pitching: The squat is crucial for building leg strength, which contributes to the power and stability needed during the pitching motion. A pitcher must generate force from the lower body to drive off the mound and deliver the ball with velocity and accuracy. 2. Lunge Importance in Pitching: Lunges enhance balance, coordination, and strength in the lower body, which are essential for the pitcher's stride towards the plate. This movement mimics the forward motion of the pitching delivery. 3. Push Importance in Pitching: While the push movement is not directly involved in the pitching delivery, it is vital for developing upper body strength, particularly in the shoulders and chest. This strength supports the pitching arm and contributes to overall arm stability. 4. Pull Importance in Pitching: Pull movements are crucial for developing the back and shoulder muscles, which play a significant role in the deceleration phase of the pitching motion. Strong pulling muscles help prevent injuries and enhance arm stability. 5. Hinge Importance in Pitching: The hinge movement is crucial for developing posterior chain strength, particularly in the hamstrings and glutes. These muscles are vital for generating power from the lower body during the pitching motion. 6. Rotate Importance in Pitching: Rotation is a core component of the pitching delivery. Effective pitching requires strong and coordinated rotational movements of the torso to generate velocity and control. 7. Gait Importance in Pitching: A pitcher's gait, particularly during the stride towards the plate, is crucial for maintaining balance and generating momentum. Proper gait mechanics ensure a smooth and efficient delivery. Return from injury: Enhancing Focus on Repeatable Delivery through Verbal Cues In the context of a major injury, it is common for the focus to shift towards how the arm or shoulder feels. This change in focus can occur before, during, and after the injury, as well as throughout the rehabilitation process. It is important to note that once an individual is cleared to resume activities like throwing bullpens, the emphasis should shift towards achieving a repeatable delivery. This entails redirecting attention away from the arm and towards implementing verbal cues that highlight proper body mechanics and movement patterns during the delivery. To enhance clarity and optimize performance, it is beneficial to establish verbal triggers that draw attention to key aspects of the delivery process. Examples of such cues could include directives like "center of gravity past the front hip," "upper body parallel to the ground," "knee up, ball out," or other personalized prompts tailored to the individual's needs. By emphasizing the importance of repeatable delivery through targeted verbal cues, athletes can cultivate a focused mindset that prioritizes proper movement patterns and overall body mechanics. This shift in attention can lead to improved performance outcomes and reduced reliance on monitoring the sensations in the arm or shoulder. I had the pleasure of spending one afternoon with this young man. He drove in from out of town. He competed this year for a major D1 program. After spending some time with him talking about feel and being part of the process, performing drills specifically designed for him, he threw a bullpen and upon completion stated, “That is the best I have felt in three years.” From my vantage point the ball was exploding out of his hand with a nice free rhythmic repeatable delivery. Now the goal is to transfer this positive feeling of effortlessly repeating the delivery in game situations. Breaking through the “try harder mentality”
Episode 643 The Arm's Race with Jim Curnal and Dave Dagostino
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Episode 643 The Arm's Race with Jim Curnal and Dave Dagostino
Aaron Judge's otherworldly season is beyond Ruthian Is this what it was like to watch Babe Ruth play every day? “He's able to go on historical runs, MVP-type runs, otherworldly-type runs,” In his career, Ruth had seasons of 60, 59, 54 and 54. He hit 40 or more in six other years. In that sense, Judge has some catching up to do. In '27, Ruth went on two 51-game tears that make you check your work three and four times when you're done, to make sure the numbers are right because it feels like they couldn't possibly be right. Now let's take a look at Aaron Judge's 51 games There's a word for that: Ruthian. Or maybe it should be Judgian. “He's in that company all the time now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone says. “It's incredible what he's doing, it really is. Kind of a ho-hum 2-for-4 [Sunday] with one off the batter's eye. He's in those conversations now all the time with Gehrig and Ruth and whatever superlative you can find. He keeps putting himself in those conversations.” Twice? In his career, Ruth had seasons of 60, 59, 54 and 54. He hit 40 or more in six other years. In that sense, Judge has some catching up to do. This is what it had to be like in 1927, in 1921, in 1930. Ruth 12 seasons 100 RBI's 170 .393 16 of 17 .300+ 2,500 games 1330 K's. 60'K's per Gehrig 13 seaons 100+RBI. 7 seasons 150+ RBI. 185. 12 seasons in a row .300+ 2,164 games 2,130 consequtive games avg 152 games per 17 seasons 790 K's 46 K's per season Judge 919 games avg 111 games 9 seasons 1131 K's 125 K's per One season .311. 2 seasons 100+ RBI. Christian Scott. 6'4 215 Bigger Stronger Faster With Christian Scott pitching the finest game of his young career and cruising, Mendoza went and got him after he retired the first two batters in the sixth inning. Scott, pitching on four days' rest for the first time in his career (and scheduled to pitch against the Rockies in four days on Saturday) was at 77 pitches after throwing 99 in Washington last week. Said Mendoza: “It's a tough spot. The kid's too important.” Yanks NY Post When you go from having the best record in baseball immediately into a tailspin by losing 15 of 20 games, there figure to be plenty of factors. And the Yankees have had plenty since their reversal began in mid-June. But nothing has been more stark than the disaster the starting rotation has turned into, going from the best in the majors to the worst, seemingly overnight. Over their last 20 games, they rank dead-last in ERA at 6.96 and have allowed 2.23 home runs per nine innings — the highest rate in MLB. And while starters went a combined 35-13 in those first 72 games, they've been 3-13 since. “Guys are gonna go through things,'' pitching coach Matt Blake said during the just-completed homestand. “You just hope four of them don't go through it at the same time and we've had some of that lately.” And even Aaron Judge and Juan Soto have shown they're mortals at times. Judge's current 2-for-20 slide is nothing to be alarmed about, nor is the fact that Soto is 11-for-56 with four extra-base hits in his last 17 games, but no one outside of Ben Rice has been able to pick up the slack and it's not realistic to think he can produce at a high rate as the league adjusts to him. Dodgers Connecting the Dots Miller / Buehlet / Wrobleski Miller “It was just great to see him out there and doing his thing,” Roberts said. “I know he expects a lot of himself, even being his first outing. I thought there were some good throws in there, some things we have to clean up as far as the consistency of the throw. But to have him out there and give us a chance to win was big.” Getting Miller back was significant for the Dodgers. He's one of the most promising young pitchers in the game and will have a major role in October, barring another injury It's important to note that his command was an issue in the latter two starts. More worrying, however, is the fact that he also lost some velocity after averaging 98.8 miles per hour with his fastball in the first game. He lost 0.8 mph on his heater and 1.2 mph off his sinker, respectively. The loss of command in addition to diminished velocity are tell-tale signs of an injury, so this isn't an all too shocking development. Miller was previously sidelined in early 2023 with "mild shoulder soreness," which impacted his MiLB start. Buehler “It sucks to feel kind of invaluable, or like you're hampering your team,” Buehler said after Tuesday's start. “At the end of the day, we really like our team and want to be ready for the end of the year. And I'm going to do whatever I need to do to feel like I can help our team at the end of the year, and do everything in my power to be valuable enough to be on those rosters.” “You only get a finite number of throws to try and fix some things and work on some things without putting yourself in harm's way for your next start or taking away bullets for the next start and so on,” said Dodgers assistant pitching coach Connor McGuiness. “It's a tricky process. But if there's any guy I would bet on to figure this out, he's the guy I would bet on The Athletic Richard Fits When you look at right-hander Richard Fitts, who was one of the prospects acquired in the Alex Verdugo trade, what would you like him to continue to improve on at Triple A and what's stood out so far about him? He's bought in really well to the programming and to the staff and is willing to make adjustments and push himself. That's been great to have a kid that works that hard. He's built a lot of relationships and trust here already. It's pretty simple. When he sits 95-plus, he's a really good pitcher that can be a rotation piece for a major-league club and for the Boston Red Sox. When he's operating at 95 and below, he tends to get hit a little harder and becomes someone who is not as impactful in the long term. So the velocity consistency, the velocity gains, the velocity improvement, which has happened, has been the focus and will continue to be the focus. Pitching better than ever ? Sat: games 98 pitchers 54 % ERA 4.00 Sun 40% TJ recovery 2-8 5.45 ERA Kopech All Star. Elly de la Cruz 2023 13 44 144 .235 .710 2024 15 39 121 .247 .804 Ohtani Giving up pitching ? What makes that idea so tough to stomach is that Ohtani truly is a lights-out pitcher. Between 2021 and 2024, Ohtani started 74 games for the Los Angeles Angels and posted an ERA of 2.84. Ohtani put up ridiculous numbers at the plate last season, too 44 HR 95 RBI 161 K's .304 In fact, Ohtani's performance at the plate has been so consistently devastating that there's now a legitimate argument to be had that the finest two-way player since Babe Ruth should follow in the footsteps of the Bambino by making the most radical adjustment of his career—and abandoning pitching altogether 100 RBI 1x 87 K's -plate discipline 481 innings in 5 years
Episode 635 The Arm's Race with Jim Curnal and Dave Dagostino
02-07-2024
Episode 635 The Arm's Race with Jim Curnal and Dave Dagostino
Intro: What does a good throwing motion look like? Velocity: Conversation must starting at Ground Zero Baseball America: The moment a baseball leaves a pitcher's hand, it starts to slow down because of drag.The 100 mph pitch could be measured at 100 mph ( pitcher's hand), 99 mph (50 ft.), 94 mph (midway) or 91 mph (crosses plate). The first radar guns that began appearing at ballparks in the late 1970s and early 1980s measured pitches crossing the plate. The Speedgun, measured closer to the plate than the JUGS gun. The Speedgun was known as the “slow gun” the JUGS gun registered faster readings, was the “fast gun.” The Stalker came out in the early 1990s, measured velocity closer to the pitcher's release point than the JUGS gun, JUGS become the slow gun. A 90 mph pitch on a Speedgun could register at 92 on a JUGS gun and 93-94 mph on a Stalker. The tech improved, 94 mph on the Stalker Pro registered as 95 on the Stalker Pro II. So when you read of 85-90 mph fastballs from the early 1980s, realize they would register much faster with current measurement tech. An 85 mph fastball (if registered by a Speedgun at the plate) would be roughly 93 mph if measured by Statcast out of the pitcher's hand. Bill James: Grandfather of Sabermetrics When I joined the Red Sox in late 2002 and started sitting in the scout seats, there were two styles of guns that the scouts used, so that you would look to your right and the scout there would have a reading of 94, and then you would look to your left and the scout would have a reading of 91. So you would look to see whether it was a JUGS gun or the other one, Well, the scouts unified around the faster guns within a year or so. Ten years later, this happened AGAIN; the guns got faster again. They got faster readings because they were picking the balls up sooner, closer to the pitcher's hand. The Athletic: Velocity: Moving the Goal Post There is some debate about what the fastest fastball to date has been. In the documentary Fastball, filmmakers looked at a few key moments from the past. Nolan Ryan was clocked at 100.8 mph by a radar gun in 1974. If you convert Ryan's number to the out-of-the-hand methodology used to measure pitch speed today, you get 108 mph. For some, that counts as the fastest pitch on record. We've been tracking major-league pitchers with the same quality of technology since 2007, though, and nobody has thrown harder than Aroldis Chapman and his 105.8 mph fastball in 2010. So Ryan's 108 would be a large departure from 15 years of tracking pitches — and, for what it's worth, it's a large departure from radar gun readings over the rest of his game that day, as well as the rest of his career, which usually topped out around 96 and 97 mph. Also went on to say the readinga back then were inconsistent, they varied Louis Gil: Anatomy of a MLB Hurler Phenom rocked in 2nd straight start 45 BB 99 K's Career 10-4 3.33 “He's always cared,” Chapman said. “He's always wanted to be good. Willing to learn and work and try to find ways to become better. That's all we can ask out of any player. Luis exemplifies it.” By the end of that season, Gil was promoted to High-A Tampa. Fresh off being hired as the organization's director of pitching, Sam Briend watched Gil pitch and quickly thought, “That's what a major league pitcher is supposed to look like.” “That's when you get excited about what the ceiling can be, what this kid could do in New York when all of those things start to click,” Instead of trying to work on those things at Triple-A on the doorstep of the majors, Gil had all the time in the world to focus on them alongside his rehab and developed his changeup from scratch. It began with classroom sessions at the club's player development complex in Tampa, going over information and building the foundation for what was to come, then adding layers once he could actually throw. “Guys like knowing there's something wrong and something they can attack [during the rehab process], because it's motivating,” Briend said. Gil had a solid April before taking off in May, thanks to some tweaks to his delivery. He racked up seven straight starts in which he threw at least six innings and gave up no more than one run, the longest streak in Yankees history. Rodon In a span of three starts, Carlos Rodon's ERA has inflated from 2.93 to 4.42, Over his last three starts, he has been clobbered for 21 runs,on 28 hits across 13 ²/₃ innings. Much of the damage has come against his fastball. Rodon pointed to a lack of command with the pitch Cole By the end of his night, Cole's fastball averaged 95.4 mph — up from the 95 mph it averaged in his season debut, still down from his 96.7 average last season. Wade Miley TJ "I don't know how long it's been messed up. I can't take you to a pitch, can't take you to a moment. It just is what it is.” Injuries are nothing new for Miley, who's landed on the injured list nine times in the 11 seasons but this marks just the second time he's been sidelined by an elbow injury and the first time that he'll need to undergo surgery. Miley's injury is just the latest blow to a pitching staff "There's a limit to depth," Murphy said. "We've lost a lot of guys this year. By my count, nine of our top 16 pitchers are out so we're having to fill in with guys who we had no idea would be in the big leagues and that's a challenge but at the same time, it's a great opportunity.” The rash of injuries could also result in a first call-up for Robert Gasser. The Brewers' No. 5 prospect made his season debut last week with Triple-A Nashville, Dodgers: Supporting their $700mm investment The Dodgers have multiple areas of need as the Trade Deadline approaches, but rotation help has emerged as an unexpected key item on the team's want list. With health having been an issue for nearly every starter this season, Los Angeles is reportedly interested in White Sox ace Garrett Crochet as a remedy What are they selling, more importantly who are they selling Vladimir Guerrero Jr has enjoyed a resurgent 2024 season, posting a 131 weighted runs created plus (wRC+) — 100 is considered league average — with 1.3 wins above replacement (WAR), which is tied for fifth on the team. My Incentive Offer