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Michael Pineda, SLAP Tears, Forcing a Change-Up, and Pitching Mechanics

Did forcing Michael Pineda to work on his change-up cause his shoulder injuries?

By |April 30th, 2012|Injuries, Mechanics, Motion Analysis|2 Comments

Stuff to Read: 9/12/2011 (Steve Delabar Story, Jason Vargas THT Post)

Looking for a velocity-adding weighted baseball program?  

Steve Delabar’s journey to the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners is a feel-good story anyone could love, right?

Maybe not. Think about it: Why didn’t organized baseball have a velocity development plan for Steve to get him back to where he needed to be? Why did Steve need to explore alternative options by himself to break back into professional baseball?

I wrote about this on my latest short article at The Hardball Times – Steve Delabar: How Organized Baseball Failed Him. Go check it out.

Additionally, there’s also my longer article about Jason Vargas and “The Twist” that he added to his mechanics. It seems to have added some fastball velocity for him, so I broke it down a bit at The Hardball Times.

A related article from The Hardball Times that I wrote is The Fear of Unorthodoxy: A New Model of Player Development. It […]

By |September 13th, 2011|Links, Mechanics, Training|3 Comments

Mariners “No-Weight” Training Room – A Nonsensical Lie

It seems as though I hear about the Seattle Mariners lack of weight lifting in their new training program about once a week. This myth is complete garbage, and it’s perpetuated by training facilities in the Pacific Northwest like WBI Sports. They even run a banner that claims that weights have been removed from the Mariners training facility! No weights in the weight room, you say? Then what’s in the background of the Seattle Mariners’ spring training facility?

Let me tell you exactly what’s in the background: Weights. Specifically:

Power Cages
Olympic Barbells
Olympic Weight Plates
Dumbbells (and a large rack to store them on)
Weight Benches

And this is just what we can see in the shot. There might even be… MORE WEIGHTS! You can find that shot in this video about Dr. Marcus Elliot’s training program for the Mariners. Additionally, we have athletes at our facility that have trained under Dr. Marcus Elliot and can confirm […]

By |August 14th, 2011|News, Training|0 Comments

THT Article: The Velocity Loss Phenomenon

I know everyone here reads my Hardball Times articles – and is subscribed to my THT RSS feed – right, right?

Well, just in case you forgot that I write there, you can check out my latest article titled The Velocity Loss Phenomenon. My article talks about Trevor Bauer, Dylan Bundy, and their “unorthodox” training methods that got them to where they are – and why it scares big league teams off.

In the near future, look for an article on crude biomechanical analysis as applied to the 2nd pick overall in the 2011 MLB Draft: Danny Hultzen of the Seattle Mariners (formerly the University of Virginia).

Here’s the teaser image:

But you have to subscribe to my RSS feed or pay close attention to THT for it!

By |June 7th, 2011|Links, Motion Analysis|0 Comments

Doug Fister, Velocity, Strikeouts, and Hard Work

Seattle Mariners’ starting pitcher Doug Fister is well-known for being a soft-tossing righty who gets guys out as a control/command pitcher. Except, in 2011, that’s not necessarily true. Fister’s average fastball velocity is up over 1 MPH in 2011 when compared to 2009 and 2010, and this doesn’t even control for the fact that pitchers as a whole have slower fastball velocities in the early months of the season. (Nor does it control for weather, which plays a role – and we’ve had inclement weather this year.)

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times interviewed Doug Fister briefly, where Fister said:
“I have been putting in a lot of work in the weight room,” Fister said. “I’ve spent a lot of time lifting, conditioning and throwing. So, yeah, I feel a lot stronger this year. I’m in good shape. We’ll see where it takes us.”
On Monday’s start, Doug Fister’s four-seam fastball was around […]

By |May 31st, 2011|News, Training|0 Comments

Biomechanics and Me?

I made a guest FanPost titled Biomechanics and Me? over at Lookout Landing, a very popular (and great) Seattle Mariners blog in the SB Nation network. It talks about my history of building our biomechanics lab.
Even prior to Graham’s post, I had been working on building a low-cost biomechanical analysis laboratory in Seattle. For those unaware, high-speed cameras were basically unavailable at reasonable price points in 2008 until the Casio Exilim EX-F1 came out for $1000. Even then, these cameras weren’t enough to do the advanced biomechanical analysis required to even shine a light on the “mechanics” of throwing a baseball. It would require multiple cameras, off-the-shelf software that could solve for kinematics/kinetics (and provide a digitization solution), custom algorithms that could solve the synchronization issue between these consumer-grade cameras (commercial ones do this automatically), and a precisely measured control object.

Commercial packages are available, but cost $15-17k for a two-camera […]

By |March 21st, 2011|Links, Mechanics, Motion Analysis|0 Comments

What it Takes to Compete at the Highest Level – Strength Training!

My business partner sent me a pretty interesting link – The Average Mariner May Surprise You. Consider this:
How big? The team wrapped up their physicals earlier this week and some of the data is in. The average height and weight for the Mariners? 6’3″, 226 pounds. For the visual, the closest to average, I repeat average, is Felix Hernandez.

“Without a doubt,” Zduriencik answered when asked if this club’s physical makeup was an indicator of the direction he wanted to go in putting together his organization. “The one thing that I thought was important, and I said it to all of our guys, is we need to get physical. Obviously you need baseball players and you need athletes and there are certain positions on the field where size is going to be what it is but I believe that physical players, that guys when you come in and look at this […]

By |February 23rd, 2011|Training|0 Comments

Link/Video: Mariners Strength Program

The Seattle Mariners have switched from a generic strength and conditioning program to a “high-tech” advanced program by Dr. Marcus Elliot. Many articles on the switch have talked about the lack of weights in the weight room and the emphasis on plyometric/movement training, leading many to believe that weights were completely left out of the program altogether. As the video below shows, this isn’t exactly the case:

As you can see, they have a significant amount of cable pulleys with variable resistance to train hip rotation, a rack of dumbbells, and three power cages with a variety of barbells. While this doesn’t constitute a “lack of weights” by anyone in the know, I’m willing to bet most reporters were used to seeing a bunch of isolation-based machines and equated them as “weight training.”

As Dr. Marcus Elliot so succinctly points out, training hip rotation is extremely important in baseball athletes. He also goes on […]

By |March 18th, 2010|Training|5 Comments