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May 15th, 2016, 6:48 am #251

He asked me on Friday if we could go to a Rays game this weekend, and so we're going this afternoon.

Matt Moore on the bump for the good guys. He's a crazy talented lefty that had Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago. He's still trying to find himself, but when he's on he's just about as good as the come. I hope he puts on a show today.

The Hitters Hall of Fame is at the Trop, and so we'll check that out. I hope to get a few good pictures in there.

As much s he's run down physically, he's still very much into the game. He wakes up and turns the tv to the MLB Network to catch up on the scores. That behavior will be a good barometer for his love of the game.
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May 23rd, 2016, 4:54 am #252

We played another tournament this past weekend, and had a second place finish. We lost to the number 3 team in the state 8-6. Great game.

We witnessed a truly awful thing this weekend. A really big kid on another team collapsed on the mound just after throwing a fastball. He just fell to the ground, grabbing his shoulder and cried. His father picked him up and carried him off to his vehicle and went straight to the emergency room.

It's really awful to think that he might not ever get to pitch again. It's likely a rotator cuff, which means he'll likely need surgery.

He's 8.

Considering the recent drama that we've had in terms of pitch counts, it seems like a timely lesson for the parents about what the right thing to do is regarding arm safety.
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June 22nd, 2016, 5:56 am #253

I had an interesting conversation with one of my wife's consulting physicians (she's a SNF Administrator) about my son. He's a sports medicine guy, and so I brought up my son as a topic of conversation. He actually consults with the IMG baseball program in Bradenton, so he's got a really good reputation.

Over the last month and a half of the season, G suffered from a lack of velocity. I'd say he probably dropped 5 mph off of his fastball, which took him from almost unhittable at this age to "just" good. (There aren't many 8 year old kids that can turn around a 50 mph fastball.) His 41-42 mph change up was devastating on the heels of a fastball with some heat on it.

There wasn't a single event, an acute injury, that happened but he did mention a few times that the top of his shoulder "felt pinched" and was sore. We'd stop throwing and take the rest of the day off, and then move on. Arm pain is nothing new to baseball players, but it's all within a range of acceptability - or so I thought.

Back to the good doctor, he said that G should completely quit all overhead activity (i.e., absolutely no throwing). He said the he wants to see my son the next time he's in town, which is three weeks. He said that, based on what I explained, that he felt like my son had an impingement. He explained that with rest and a good strengthening program he should fully recover and regain that lost velocity, but he could make no definitive statements until he evaluated my son.

Over the last few weeks, G hasn't even picked up a baseball. I decided that I wanted him to make a clean break from the sport and to just go be a kid for a while. He's in Oklahoma right now on vacation with his grandparents, and so he hasn't done anything with the sport (part of the plan).

The off season plan has been underway: 1.) His sister, who is a competitive dancer, has been working his ass off with stretching - we're trying to increase his flexibility over the summer, and he's off to a good start. 2.) When he returns, he's going to start a one month workout plan (given by a professional trainer) that's designed to strengthen his lower body and core and to increase his explosiveness. 3.) He's going to go to the field once a week for fielding and hitting when he gets back, and then we'll ramp it up the last week of July (as long as the doctor gives us the okay). 4.) He's going to play a rec sport at the Y, but he hasn't decided what he wants to play yet.

All of the is dependent on what the good doctor says, which of course might change everything. At this point, I bet the hes going to be fine with a strength program designed to increase stability and power in that shoulder of his. I hope I'm right.

(And there are still teams going full bore. The World Series is this weekend, and the teams would have to play at least seven games in three days with the winner playing as many as 10 depending. You want to know why there are so many injuries with baseball pitchers? You shouldn't.)
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June 22nd, 2016, 6:40 am #254

You are definitely making the right call. There is no reason whatsoever to risk the rest of his life at this point. When he is older and his shoulder is fully developed it will be able to handle more abuse.
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June 23rd, 2016, 7:27 am #255

I'll spare most of the details, but G's team did break up into two groups - and we got the better group.

So we have five kids, and everyone knows it. Three coaches have reached out in an effort to join forces and create a "Super Team." We're not going to do it, though. We're going to be selective and choose good parents with kids we think can play. We just spend so much time with the kids and their parents that getting along with them is very important. No need to have a bad time to chase a few extra wins when, in the end, the wins don't matter all that much.

So, we're a hot commodity.

We're thinking of naming the team the Tarpon Springs Redfish or the Tampa Tarpons. Not sure yet.
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June 23rd, 2016, 8:31 am #256

I wonder if it's even beneficial to be pitching at his young age.
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June 25th, 2016, 4:36 am #257

It is, but it has to be managed.

Fundamentals are so important, and the earlier you can teach them the better off they're going to be. It's easy to see who's been coach up and who hasn't if you know what you're looking for. And then you need the coaches to properly manage pitch counts, and seems to be a hit or miss prospect.

The other part of that equation is hitting. Kids that hit off of pitched balls at an earlier age have a big advantage over those who don't. It's the first time these kids have ever played ball when it is purposefully made difficult for them to hit. Think about it, they first get to hit a ball on a tee and then they move on to either coach pitch or machine pitch, and both of those options are designed to make it easy to hit the ball and then they move on the kid pitch. Now, the pitchers want them to swing and miss.

Side note: One of the coaches of a team that we played 6 times this year came up and asked me about my son and whether or not I would mind if he guest played for them on Sunday. (My son is in Oklahoma, not to mention that I've shut his arm down.) Sunday is elimination day which means best on best. He said he wanted him to start game at pitcher. How do you think the parents on that team would have felt to have a kid that has never played for them take the mound in that team's most important game of the season? Pissed, I'd imagine.
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July 7th, 2016, 5:24 am #258

Off season update:

1. He hasn't thrown a baseball in what I think has been five weeks now.

2. He's been working hard with stretching. He's had noticeable gain all the way around, including his lower back and his legs.

3. He's been working really had with strengthening his body. He's been doing squats (body only, no weights), push ups and crunches relentlessly, and the gains have been staggering to me. His ability to do push ups was always suspect, but now he can peel them off one after another.

4. He's been tossing around a 6 pound medicine ball as well, with improvements easy to see.

5. We haven't done the sprinting like we've wanted, but we're going to get after it soon.

6. And his diet has been higher in protein than usual.

His body looks better already. He looks like an athlete.
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July 11th, 2016, 5:53 am #259

We went scalopping this weekend, and pulled the limit of 10 gallons worth. It worked out to just under seven pounds worth of meat.

I ate them straight from the shell while on the boat. The only thing that would have made it better was a sandbar with naked women, but that was too far away (plus, we had kids on the boat).

Good times.
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July 11th, 2016, 2:16 pm #260

That sounds great. Scallops are one of my favorite foods.
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July 12th, 2016, 5:14 am #261

They were fantastic raw, and just as good as the protein in a scallop scampi later that night.

I have three bags frozen.
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July 12th, 2016, 6:36 am #262

We went to a Rockies game last week....

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July 13th, 2016, 5:03 am #263

I can't see the pic.
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July 13th, 2016, 7:23 am #264

sec realist wrote:I can't see the pic.
Really? Can anyone else see it?
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July 13th, 2016, 7:33 am #265

I saw it when you first posted it but now it seems to be gone.
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July 13th, 2016, 9:45 am #266

Weird stuff. I could still see it. The pic was linked from my google account, so maybe google changes the address of pictures.

Anyway, now it's from facebook.
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July 13th, 2016, 11:00 am #267

It's all good now.

I may have mentioned from 1976 to 1980 I lived in Denver. My dad worked for AT&T so we moved around a lot. I was 5 when we left but still remember seeing a Denver Bear's game in the old Mile High Stadium. I remember my dad talking about how the stands floated on a cloud of air and could be moved in for football and out for baseball. Floating stadiums are something that stick with you apparently. I have heard Coor's field is a million times nicer than the old Mile High Stadium and it is a home run paradise.
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July 13th, 2016, 12:05 pm #268

I always thought that Coors field is a homerun paradise because the ball went farther, but I was educated on that while at the game. The ball goes about the same distance farther in Denver as a ball at sea level does with a 10 mph tailwind. There are plenty of ballparks that are set up to take advantage of prevailing winds. Coors field has batters hitting into the prevailing wind. So, why all the HRs? Two things. First, curve balls don't curve as much and you see a lot more hanging curve balls. Second, pitchers hate the park, so the pitching staff is lacking talent.

The game I went to had no wind so the score was 11-2 with 4 HRs because the hitters got all the advantages. Anyway, I learned something that night.
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July 13th, 2016, 12:31 pm #269

That is interesting. I did not know that.
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July 13th, 2016, 9:34 pm #270

I sat between an engineer and a guy who played in the Rockies farm system. At no point were they impressed with my baseball knowledge.
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July 20th, 2016, 5:40 am #271

A little update:

G is in the 97th percentile in terms of weight and 94th in terms of height.

We started his "off season" strength and conditioning program seriously about four weeks ago, and his gains have been nothing less than staggering. At first,he struggled to do a single sit up correctly, but now just bangs them out like you exhale a breath. His standing broad jump has grown from 52" to 58" in less than a month. I'm not sure about his vertical, but there have been gains there as well.

He's peeling off 100 sit ups, 25 push ups, between 200-300 crunches, 100-125 squats, stretching like a dancer, jumping rope like a little Floyd Mayweather (well, not really but you get the point) and tossing a medicine ball around like a rag doll, but I'm not going to risk those knees in big piles of kids playing football. He's a powerful and fast kid, but I cannot see the reward at this age to let him play tackle football, particularly when so many don't start playing until later in life. He's the kid that every coach wants on their football team because he looks like a beast for his age. He really wants to play, too.

His off season was designed to both rest the arm and build up his body so that he would be a bit more immune from injury in the future. He's been doing the Dr. James Andrews Thrower's Ten shoulder conditioning program, and I can literally see the difference in his build. His pitching coach tells me to expect around a 4-5 mph increase in velocity, and to not be surprised if he's close to 60 when he gets rolling again.

G hasn't thrown a baseball in something like seven weeks now, and he's killing me for it. He wants to throw so bad it hurts.

We have a clinic/tryout for some prospects tonight. The team sits at a very strong 7, and we're looking to add 4 or 5 more depending on their pitching abilities. We have 13 kids from across three counties trying out tonight. We tried five kids out last week, but none were good enough to make the roster even in a developmental role. Three of the kids were the best players from that field's Pony League All Star team, but they just can't play at the level we're expecting or need. The talent level at this travel ball level is fucking unreal.

Fun times.

I might write a book about all of this in a few years. Not from the perspective of my son, but in terms of how to navigate raising a baseball athlete in today's environment.
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August 31st, 2016, 8:54 am #272

Well, the season is near.

His rest for the off season seems to have yielded mixed results. Physically, he's in tremendous shape. He worked his ass off over the summer, including lots of lower body and core work. He's gotten a lot bigger, too. He's up to 55" and weighs 84 pounds at eight years old, which is up from just a few weeks ago. He's a damn giant for his age, but I do expect to him to fall back to the pack as he gets older. He'll still be a big kid, but not near the top percentiles like he is now.

His arm strength has improved only slightly, but he developed a wierd hitch that we've had to beat out of him. I expected a bigger increase in velocity, honestly. His accuracy isn't what it was, but that's a result of not throwing very much. I get it. We've been doing what they call the "thrower's ten," which is an elastic band program that helps build the small muscles of the shoulders and strengthens his upper back. That programs is for long term injury prevention, not for an increase in velocity.

I'm very disappointed in the way the team has come together (or hasn't). At one point, we had a chance to be one of the very best teams in the state with four new kids that all had game. But the coach slow played everything, three of the kids bailed and now we're left fighting over scraps with other middle of the road teams. He completely fucked it up by not making plans, not scheduling practices/games, not ordering uniforms and generally just being a dumb, lazy fuck that didn't know what the hell he was doing. We had a great opportunity to put together something really special, but he fucked it up to the point where I'm not sure we can recover. In fact, I'm thinking there's at least two other kids that are considering bailing, and then we have the numbers to play games. There might not be all that many games in the fall. We'll start putting feelers out for other teams in a month or so.

I've put him in a pseudo gymanstics class. I guess it's one part gymanstics, one part stretching and one part strengthing. It's kicking his ass right now, and I'm loving every minute. He's enjoying it too.

Everything is for the long term good, including his enjoyment of the game.

Oh yeah, he's pissed that I didn't let him play football this season. One of his best friends plays and loves it, and that's killing G. Maybe next year?
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September 10th, 2016, 8:27 pm #273

First games of the season today, and two wins by a combined 31-6 against two teams that were a combined 9-0 going in. We smashed.

G went 3-5 with one hellva bomb today. They played on a field that was 230 feet, and he hit it every bit of 210.

Only ptiched one inning. Allowed no runs, struck out two and only threw 10 pitches. Efficient.

Good start.
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September 11th, 2016, 5:14 am #274

Off to the fields . . .

Another doubleheader. One against a fantastic team, and another against a dog.

Should be fun.
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September 11th, 2016, 2:06 pm #275

The team was 1-1 today, with an ugly loss in game one and a team that quit in game two.

We put our "Dwight Gooden" on the mound today, and he gave up nine runs in an inning and two thirds. Couldn't find the strike zone. And then another good pitcher on the team gave up six runs in two innings. We lost 16-13.

The second game was funny. The coaches on the other team didn't understand the rules of 9u, and they thought we were ass holes because of it. The didn't coach them on when to lead, when to break from the bag or how to be aggressive on the bases. We'd get a guy on base and have him steal second, and then third and then break for home when it was a past ball, and we piled up 14 runs in two innings. One of the coaches got pissed and said, "your kids are running around liek a bunch of idiots." One of the coaches naturally took offense, and confronted him. Then he said, "fine, we quit. We're done with the shit." lol

The umpires both told us that the other coaches didn't know what the fuck they were doing, and that we were right.

G didn't have his best games today. 2-3 and then 0-1 with a couple of walks. Not his best day at the plate.
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October 4th, 2016, 11:42 am #276

G has a hitting coach that we see from time to time. It used to be weekly, but I don't see the benefit of that any longer so I've scaled it back. Even without the weekly visit he's getting a lot of work in, taking somewhere between 700-800 cuts. We have a very structured approach to his regimen, and that's has helped.

We went to his coach on Saturday for a check up, and he put on a show. The coach wants him to have a higher finish to his swing (always has) and wants him to get a little quicker getting the barrel of the bat to the zone, but was blown away by his swing. They have a Hit Trax unit there, which is very much like a golf simulator.

We've put a lot of physcial work in in terms of his body, including lots of core work, squats and some medicine ball work for explosion. He's now 56" and 85 pounds, which works out to the high 90's in terms of percentiles for both. He's built like a tank, with wide shoulder and big, powerful thighs. I do want to see his speed increase, though.

His gymnastic and strngth/conditioning work is paying off too.

It's a long term project, working on his swing and his arm. He may not get "there," but he's going to have put in all of the work necessary and will have every chance to achieve whatever potential he might have. Consistency in effort goes a long way, and that's the path we're on.

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October 13th, 2016, 11:40 am #277

G hit 55 on the gun last night, and his (occasional) pitching coach thinks that gun is off on the low side. He's still not where we expected him to be, but we're thinking it has more to do with his delivery than his actual arm. He's not exploding off of his back leg like he needs to, which means his form isn't as powerful as it should be. Constant tweaks, adjustments and practice will hopefully get him there.

Side note: anyone remember the basketball player Matt Gieger? His son is in the same age group and pitches for one of the teams in the area. He's a fucking giant!! He's a full six to eight inches taller than anyone out there. As a pitcher, he's a freak of nature. I bet he's throwing 63 or so at nine years old.

He mowed down one of the best teams in the state last weekend. There are a couple of kids that you look at when they're on the field and wonder if you're looking at a potential professional, and he's one of them. You know he's going to be a massive human being, has a certain level of genetics that most don't get AND he's from a dedicated athletic family.

These are the best kids of this age group playing ball in one of the three best baseball states (as a whole), and this kid stands out with his performance in a way I don't think I've yet seen.
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October 13th, 2016, 12:23 pm #278

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As a pitcher, he's a freak of nature. I bet he's throwing 63 or so at nine years old.

wow ... that is equivalent to a MLB pitcher throwing a 97 mph pitch ....
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October 13th, 2016, 12:51 pm #279

I'm just guessing on his speed, but I'm almost certain it's not slower than that. It's pure gas.

My son is way above average, but he's nothing next to that kid.

My son throws a nasty circle change, which dips down and in to right handed hitters. It's nasty.

We're working on a cutter, but he's not accurate enough to use it in a game yet. Good movement, but doesn't control it.
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October 15th, 2016, 5:22 pm #280

G went 5-5 today with an inside the park HR, three doubles and a single. He had eight RBI's.

Monster.
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October 17th, 2016, 6:50 am #281

3 for 5 yesterday, with 4 rib´s.

He´s on a roll.
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October 28th, 2016, 7:18 am #282

Big tournament this weekend.

Winner earns a berth to the World Series.

We have a really good chance.
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October 28th, 2016, 8:44 am #283

Good luck!
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We went 1-0-1 today, which nabbed us the 3rd seed. It's a bracket for us.

G pitches the first game tomorrow.

He went 2-3 today with 3 walks. 1 rbi's. 3 runs scored.

Good day, but we should have won the first game.
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November 3rd, 2016, 8:27 am #285

Well, we lost the tournament in epic fashion.

We beat a team on Saturday 16 to 2. We run ruled them in three innings, and only batted twice.

We face the same team on Sunday for the first game. We jumped out to a 10 to 0 lead after one inning. Then the coach decided to get cute and play kids in positions that they´d never practiced in before and put our worst pitchers on the mound. He didn´t see the trainwreck coming, although everyone else did.

We lost 13 to 10.

It was totally embarassing. One kid´s father has already pulled his kid from the team and there are rumors that there will be more leaving soon. Travel ball is a competitive clusterfuck. There´s good and bad, and there´s complete insanity.

Next up? The State Championship the coming weekend, and I´m not feeling confident. lol
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November 6th, 2016, 4:20 am #286

Playing the state championship tournament this weekend. 20 teams and we got the 4th seed.

We´ll likely lose in the first round today as we ended up against one the three or four best teams in the state.

Oh well.

G pitched 2.2 scoreless yesterday and 3 for 4 with two walks. Good day for him.
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November 21st, 2016, 8:21 am #287

Really, really big news for my son.

He was scouted by a former MLB player who runs a prestigious baseball academy in the area, and was extended an invitation to be part of that program. The former player is from Venezuala, has acted as an agent/player representative and as a coach, and has been responsible for over 90 players signing professional contracts. He routinely has groups of Latin American teenagers come to his academy to spend weeks and weeks getting ready for professional baseball.

I had a conversation with him last week and told him of the tournament that we were playing this past weekend. We had a really good conversation and exchanged phone numbers. He watched G's game yesterday (he went 1-3 with a double, a K and a fielder's choice). He showed up early to watch the kids warm up. We lost 10-7.

He called me about a half hour after the game and had glowing remarks for my son. He watched the team warming up, fielding ground balls and catching fly balls. He said that he had a great arm, really good balance, was smooth with the ball in his glove, knew where to be on the field and what he should be doing, had a beautiful swing and seemed to really enjoy playing the game. He also said that the rythym in his swing needs to be improved and that he needs to work on lower body strength. He said he has a really high ceiling.

We're supposed to talk again next week and to start the process of transitioning his baseball activites over to him.

The academy runs both 16u and 14u programs now, and is just beginning to think about a 9u program. He says there will be fewer games and more practice, but more fun and less pressure. He spoke about seeing kids that 12, 13 and 14 years old who had real talent for the game get burned out and quit. He blames it on the pressure of winning tournaments and pleasing parents. He said the best thing that parents can do for their kids is to let the game take them wherever it will - it's on them to love it, not you to force that love on them.

Anyway, really big news for my son. Really big news.
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November 21st, 2016, 8:36 am #288

Congrats. It sounds great.
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November 21st, 2016, 2:58 pm #289

Great news. He sounds like the right guy for young kids.
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November 22nd, 2016, 5:23 am #290

Thanks.

One of the coaches worked with Jose Fernandez when he moved to Tampa.

Fantastic coaching.
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December 1st, 2016, 11:14 am #291

This weekend is the last of the season. Thankfully it's over with this group!

We have a tournament insouth Sarasota, and it should be a cake walk. No teams in it match up to our kids, but that doesn't always matter in these things. Stupid coaching decisions can easily cost a game, and when you're in single elimination that's it. A bad pitching performance end it in a hurry.

His stats so far (with one game pitching still and between three and five games):

22.1 innings pitched, 38 k's, 8 bb's and an ERA of 1.08 (although I'm not sure the ERA is correct, I think it should be higher). His WHIP is .99, which is exceptional.

.478 average.

It's been a good season for him, although he seemed to lose some steam as it winded down.

The main coach has been picking on him a bit over the last few weeks. He made a base running error in the last tournament and got screamed at over it. He was playing first that game as well, and the coach's kid made a terrible throw to G - the coach yelled at him, "you gotta have that!" G's reaction was not good. he doesn't like to be called out like that, particularly when he didn't do anything wrong.

There's another kid on the team that is gifted genetically in a way that very few are. That kid has a golden arm, but he's had a miserable season on the mound. He walks

I haven't told the coach that were leaving. I'm imagining that it's going to be post-worthy when it happens. He cannot afford to lose what G does for the team. A kid that pitches AND hits the was that he does isn't easy to replace.

In terms of development, I was hoping for a bit more growth on the defensive side of things. I haven't clocked him in a while but his arm strength has improved some over the last few weeks.
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February 13th, 2017, 5:33 am #292

G's new team is different. It's not about chasing trophies and so they're not so interested in playing a ton of tournaments. In fact, aside for two scrimmages we haven't played an actual game yet. I've talked to a lot of people and everyone raves about this approach to development, and so I'm comfortable with the direction.

One of the parents on the team played college ball and said that this approach is what landed him his scholarship. He was part of the Dunedin Blue Jays baseball development probgram back in the 90's, and this is exactly what they did. They practiced and practiced and practiced, playing few games during February, March and April. They ramped it up during the summer, playing tons of games and getting lots of notoriety. He swears this is the best approach.

Five guys that are playing for Team Venezuala in the World Baseball Classic passed through this facility, and so it does have high end results on the back side.

In terms of his play, his pitching continues to improve. I haven't clocked him lately but his fastball has a lot of zip, his throwing motion continues to get refined and his command is getting better and better. He needs to get more push off of his right leg.

He's been a little inconsistent with his hitting lately, but he's gaining power and he looks great taking cuts. I'm sure it will come back around.

His fielding has really improved, too. He's playing 3rd, SS and 1st, and is probably the best at each position (although there is another kid pushing him at 3rd and SS). There's another kid that plays first, but he's not very good.

The other teams in the area are already playing tournaments. The team he left ended up joining with another, and they've already played two tournaments (they're doing very well, too).

They call the process "Slow Cooking," which I think is funny. Sounds right, though.

And this approach is far better for family life. We're not traveling all over the state each weekend, which is both expensive and crazy as fuck.
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February 23rd, 2017, 6:44 am #293

So, even better news with G and his baseball.

The guy that runs the program has many coaches that work under him, but he still coaches. He personally works with only 10-12 kids each year on a one-to-one basis, and sort of takes them under his wings for long term development. He picks kids that he believes have big futures, kids that are scholarship material or potential profesional baseball players, and then sticks with them for the long term.

He chose G.

He said that after watching G practice for the last several weeks that he believes he has the potential to go as far as he's willing to work. He said he's a four tool athlete (i.e., big arm, fields, hits for average, hits for power) and that he'll work on the fifth tool (speed). He said kids like that don't come around all that often. And what makes it better for G is his attitude on the field. He just loves to be around the game.

He said that if he focuses on becoming a straight A student and achieves high test scores that he will likely be able to land him a scholarship to just about any high end university in the country. (He very clearly said that he wasn't promising he would turn out to be a high draft pick or a kid that signs with a top 25 division one baseball program, but said that kids with his projected talents get accepted to top notch universities with great regularity.) The only promise is hard work.

The issue is that it's going to be a lot of extra time. He's going to be at the fields four days a week (not including games). It's a big commitment time-wise. He said to look at it through the lens of being a parent of a potential Olympic gymnast, a high end golfer or tennis player. In order to reach the top, the athlete needs to put in large amounts of work from an early age. If the kid has MLB dreams, why shouldn't they be given every opportunity to chase their dream?

G''s dream is to be the starting short stop for he Gators, by the way. lol
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March 3rd, 2017, 5:44 am #294

So G started the program with the coach.

He hit, fielded and had a bull pen session.

He made a small tweak to the swing. It's more of an approach to hitting than a change to the actual swing, but it's important. It's about being more relaxed awaiting the pithcer's move. Relaxed muscles equal speed, and that's where he's focusing right now.

They have a former professional pitcher on staff, and G got to work with him too. He said that G needs to clean up the inconsistency with his throwing motion. Time and repetition will fix that. He said he's got great arm action and exceptional velocity for a kid his age. Loves the potential.

Most importantly G is having a blast right now.
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March 25th, 2017, 5:13 am #295

So the swing changes thaty've made have cratered G's confidence.

In batting practice, he's killing the ball like never before - line drive after line drive after bomb after bomb.

In game situations, he's completely lost. He's miserable right now, to the point where it's impacting everything else he does on the field. His timing is shot.

They promise this is a good thing and that even the struggles will be a good lesson for him. They say he'll come out stronger on the other side, but damn it's hard watching him struggle like this.

Trust the process, I guess.
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February 10th, 2018, 5:18 pm #296

Lots has changed since I’ve written about G.

He’s getting pitching lessons from a former MLB player, a guy that pitched in the bigs for 14 seasons. He’s taken to those like a fish in water. He’s probably the best 10u pitcher in the entire Tampa area. Consistently blisters the strike zone, throwing four pitches. His two seam fastball moves about six to eight inches, his change up is brutal and his curve can be lethal. 

He pitched today. Five innings, one hit, no runs, 65 pitches. 

And he was 5-6 with 5 rbi’s today. He’s just killing it. 

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February 12th, 2018, 6:14 am #297

Awesome news!
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February 16th, 2018, 2:35 pm #298

Had a pitching lesson night. Some arm soreness was there when he left the mound. 

He told is coach - again, a 14 year mlb pitcher - and asked what’s a normal amount of pain. It was on his upper biceps, and the coach said it was normal for high velocity pitchers to have that pain. He also showed him what else to look for in terms of pain in the future. Also told him what pains aren’t good. 

Lots of value with that information.

He’s learned how to play first base, which was by design. It will keep him from throwing all out every game when they play four or five each weekend. Few throws from first base
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March 12th, 2018, 1:15 pm #299

My son had one helluva pitching performance yesterday.

He was brought in with one out in the third inning, bases loaded. (They were trying to save him for the championship game, but that didn't happen as the team was trailing 7-3 at that point.)

He struck out the first two batters and got out of that jam. 

Bottom of the fourth he struck out two and got a weak ground ball.

He's done those things before, but what happened next was truly amazing to me.

These games have time limits, and you cannot start another inning after an hour and 45 minutes have elapsed. Between the tip and the bottom of the fifth ( we were the visiting team), the imo walked over and said there was only five minutes left. 

G ran to the mound ready to go. The umpire asked him to warm up, but he said he was ready. He wanted to play.

He proceeded to strike the first two batters out and then got another weak ground ball, all under five minutes! 

We lost the game, but he did his part. He actually hit a double and stole third in the sixth, but they stranded him on third.

That's an amazingly clutch performance if you ask me. 
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March 12th, 2018, 5:34 pm #300

Good stuff!  How old is he now?
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