Play Ball Kid Baseball Podcast

Play Ball Kid Baseball Podcast

Share in the development of a 15 year old baseball player and athlete as he interviews current & former professionals around the game of baseball. From MLB, Milb to leading coaches & thinkers in the game. The goal of the show is to help give you “bite size” episodes to improve your skills & knowledge of the game of baseball.... Show More

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February 17, 2021 15 min

Chris "CY" Young serves as bullpen coach for the Chicago Cubs. He formerly served as pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Young attended Mississippi State University, and played college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He earned Freshman All-America honors.[2] In 2001 he was 5–1 with a 2.81 ERA. In 2002, he had a 5–2 win–loss record with a 3.67 earned run average (ERA), and was named the Southeastern Co...

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February 3, 2021 30 min

Unlocking the Process to Success with former Wright State, Director of Peak Performance & Mental Conditioning.

Diamyn Hall is currently known as one the world's top Online Mindset Coaches.

He is the creator of The Hitter’s Blackbook  & Founder of The Mental Game Blueprint VIP training program.

As a former division 1 baseball player and division 1 coach, Diamyn has impacted millions of lives around the world through his ...

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Coach Zach Casto started his coaching career at West Virginia State University Student Assistant for 2 years (2016-2018) and is currently the Nitro High School Assistant Coach (Outfield, Base-Running, Analytics, First Base Coach). He is the author of "Rounding Third: Skills, Drills, and Best Practices in the Game of Baseball" and the Rounding Third Leadership baseball blog and Co-Host of "Classroom Chatter" podcast....

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A lifelong learner & coach shares lessons learned from coaching teams in high school, junior college, summer college leagues, NCAA D1, the minor leagues, the MLB and international competitions, such as the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic.

Jerry Weinstein began his coaching career in 1966 as a UCLA freshman coach. He was an assistant under Ron Fraser on the 1984 University of Miami Hurricanes, which came in fourth at the...

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How Pitchers Like Blake Snell Dominate Hitters and What Hitters Need To Understand About Pitch Tunnels & Timing

Perry Husband is a pioneer in the world of Baseball Science.  He introduced many modern hitting metrics to baseball, including Exit Velocity and Launch Angle.  Working with Jay Bell, he used metrics to diagnose and improve performance in both Exit Velocity and Launch Angle in one session with Jay’s swing.  Jay had an ...

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Gary Reinl is the Director Pro Teams at H-Wave & MARC PRO, and has spent nearly forty years in the sports-medicine field, with diverse experiences ranging from training professional athletes to pioneering the field of strength-building for women during the pregnancy year to developing rehabilitation programs for injured workers.

Additionally, his ground-breaking senior strength-building protocol has now been implemented in mor...

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Biomechanics & AI: The Future of Mechanics Development

Dr. Michael Sonne is the VP of Research and Innovation for ProPlayAI, a company focused on measuring and describing human motion. Mike is also the research director for the Baseball Development Group in Toronto, Canada, as well as an adjunct professor at Brock University. At Brock, Mike and his graduate students focus their research on better understanding the measurement a...

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Perry Quartuccio is a former college baseball player. Last February, he made the gut-wrenching decision to quit the sport he grew up playing, the sport He loved. Months later, during a nationwide pandemic, Perry found himself writing and putting together a book with hopes of giving back to the baseball community.   The book is titled Reaching Home Plate: An In-Depth Guide on Getting Recruited, Conquering Adversity, and Achieving Ma...

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Tyler Scaturro is the Brand Manager of Pocket Radar Inc., which designs, engineers and manufactures revolutionary speed tracking technology for a wide-range of applications.  After his collegiate baseball playing career ended at the JUCO and Div. II levels, he joined the Pocket Radar start-up team in 2012.  Having a background working for a family-owned restaurant business and playing sports all the way through college, helped him ...

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Demetre Kokoris is currently a MiLB pitching coach in the Blue Jays Organization. He got his Bachelor of Science degree from the Univ. of South Carolina and his MBA from Cal St. Fullerton. At Cal State Fullerton, he was fortunate to be mentored by Dr Ken Ravizza, the Godfather of the mental game and author of Heads Up Baseball. He's coached with NCAA Div. 1 skipper George Horton (Cal St. Fullerton/Oregon) and UCSB coach Andrew ...

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How to combine data from a smart baseball with old school feels.

Lary Sorensen is a ten-year veteran of Major League Baseball. He played for a total of seven teams during his thirteen-year professional career including the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants. Sorensen finished with a career record of 93-103 and a 4.15 e.r.a., including 10 shut...

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In the spring of 2009, Chris O’Dowd the Oakland Athletics drafted him in the 40th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. A switch-hitting catcher out of Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, Colorado, he’d become a coveted prospect after years of training alongside his father, Dan, one of the chief architects of the legendary Cleveland Indians teams of the 1990s.  O’Dowd had grown up with an unprecedented glimpse into the in...
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Mike McGuiness (CEO) and his brother Connor McGuiness are the co-founders of the hottest pitching tool in the market, Clean Fuego. Nolan Long is a RHP in the Dodgers organization and part of the Clean Fuego team. Mike and Nolan join Sammy this week to discuss:

  • The back story of their baseball careers and the development of Clean Fuego 
  • How Clean Fuego seemed to catch fire after the release of the viral Joe Kelley video. Dodger's...
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    Kyle Wagner is and educator and the author of "How The RiverCats Won" and "Green Light Hitting." Kyle is a former standout high school baseball player who went on to play Division 1 baseball at Wake Forrest and a year in the pros.  Kyle was part of the historic 2015 Red Land Little League team that wen on to win the United States Championship. Sammy and Kyle discuss:  Kyle's fascinating baseball journey in bas...
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    Helping baseball players perform better by dealing with compensations.

    The SQUARE 1 System™ was developed by Shawn Sherman. Shawn earned his Exercise and Sport Science degree from Penn State University and operates a private practice in Western Springs, Illinois. Over the years, Shawn has held numerous industry certifications and therefore understands what and how the conventionalists think and believe. Over the past 25 years, his ...

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    When and how to develop rotational power in your baseball swing

    Bill Miller is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist since 2017. He has a passion for learning, spreading and applying the most advanced methods of strength training for baseball players. Bill has worked with athletes from Little League through professional ranks.

    He played baseball collegiately at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL, graduating...

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    Virgil Vasquez has heard these quotes often, "if you throw, you are going to break", "throwing overhand is unnatural." Alex Trezza and himself are out to change this mindset and belief. Virgil believes that throwing is a natural motion, that anyone can learn to throw healthy. He believes this because he taught himself how to throw correctly after his 12 year career was over. His drive is to reach out to people that ...

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    How does your pitcher compare with these development benchmarks?

    Sammy and Colter Bostick discuss:

  • Colter's benchmark chart for development of velocity, long toss, and other key performance indicators across age groups for pitchers.
  • There is a group of coaches who are against using radar guns and other tech for young athletes but your chart starts with 9U, would you use tech with younger athletes?
  • How you make the measurements mo...
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    Foot Doctor Esia Rivera is a Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Consultant based in Hutto, TX. He novel approach to speed and agility training is focused on translating those abilities to the skills needed on the field. Make sure to follow Esia on Instagram.  ​He holds the following degrees:​ M.S. Exercise Science M.S. Rehabilitative Sciences B.S. Sports Management NASM PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist) NASM CES (Co...
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    Tommy Johnson, MS, PES, CES, FMS, PN-1, was raised in Gaithersburg, where he started his baseball journey, playing with several local youth organizations in the area.  He graduated from Quince Orchard High School, where he played and excelled during his tenure and received All County and Metro Area Honors as a Catcher. Baseball America ranked Tommy as one of the top three Catchers in the state of Maryland.  He attributes much of hi...

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