Moms and Baseball

Moms and Baseball

Moms and Baseball is a podcast for youth baseball moms, dads, coaches, and players. Co-hosts Diana Stephens and Stephanie Malley share their thoughts and stories--but more importantly, interview experts--relating to all levels of baseball: Little League / rec, travel / select, high school / showcase, college, and beyond. Plus look for appearances by special guest hosts, including Patrick and Trevor, for special Baseball Dads episodes and more! Check out our Facebook group, "Parents and Baseball." @momsandbaseball on Facebook and Instagram. https://momsandbaseball.weebly.com

Episodes

May 13, 2021 58 min

Today we are joined by guest Mark Hammond II from the Motor City Hit Dogs 11u Majors team. The Motor City Hit Dogs are known for producing some of the best teams in the state, and we have mentioned their name in previous episodes, including Episode 12 when we talked to Lale Esquivel from the Texas Canes and Episode 20 with Mark Jebb.

Coach Hammond shares some insights into how and why his team is so successful and what it is like to...

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Moms and How to Take Better Baseball Photos

This is Episode 34 of Moms and Baseball podcast. Today, we offer tips for taking better action shots of baseball players. We are not experts, but are simply sharing our experience from trial and error. We wanted this episode to focus on helping the sports parent who knows nothing about photography and thought that advice may be more applicable coming from an amateur/hobby photographer.

Che...

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April 29, 2021 15 min

In this episode we discuss one of Stephanie's favorite questions for guests, superstitions. Listen in as we discuss our superstitions, as well as some MLB players. We also included some common baseball ones.

  • Never step on the chalk lines coming on or off the field.
  • Never talk about a no-hitter or perfect game when a game is in progress.
  • Repetitive batting stance rituals.
  • Flipping a rally hat inside out to start a rally. Generally a...
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    In this episode, we interview Val Paredes—veteran baseball mom to Tim Melville. You may have seen Tim Melville’s name in the news recently as he is a pitcher in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in Taiwan and just threw the first no hitter of 2021. See his No-Hitter MVP dance here, and his 2020 Freestyle MVP dance here.

    Before playing in the CPBL, Tim was an MLB Journeyman, playing for 7 different major league franchis...

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    Patrick and Trevor do another Dads Takeover episode, and this time talk about the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs' annual spring training in Orange Beach/Gulf Shores, Alabama. They are joined by Brian Stephens (Diana's often-mentioned brother) to discuss the history of the trip for the Riverdawgs and Swan Valley High School.

    You will also hear a bit about the Alabama Spring Training trip in Episode 30 with Mark Krzysiak and in Episod...

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    Today we talk to Mark Krzysiak from Bay City, Michigan. Mark is very connected to baseball in this community and you will hear references to several other Moms and Baseball episodes, so feel free to find those links below to brush up!

    Mark has been involved in the game at nearly every level… He was a college player himself, he’s been a varsity, little league, and travel baseball coach, he ran a baseball training facility and started...

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    From MiLB Pitcher to Developing Protective Batting Gloves

    This episode we interviewed Derek Hurley, who is originally from Staten Island, NY and currently living in Houston, Texas. He played baseball at Division 1 Seton Hall University in New Jersey and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 30th round of the 1999 MLB draft. After Derek's baseball career ended, he spent time in the medical and financial fields.  He is now ...

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    March 25, 2021 41 min

    To Coach or Not to Coach Your Kid

    In this episode we talk about Daddy Ball (or Mommy Ball), which is one of the most controversial topics in the youth baseball world! Daddy Ball occurs when the coach favors their own kid (or is perceived to favor their kid) over others at the detriment of the team.

    We share thoughts from a few listeners who have coached their own kids, and talk about our own brushes with Daddy Ball as parents, coache...

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    In this episode, we talk with Stephanie Brogdon from Madera Ranchos, California, about her son, Connor Brogdon, the up-and-coming 6'6" right-handed Phillies bullpen pitcher. Connor made his major league debut in 2020 and had a very rocky start. He was sent back to the Phillies' alternate site and returned in September looking stronger than ever and had a dominating performance for the rest of the season.

    Stephanie discus...

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    Debbie Mikolajchak from Houston, Texas, is the mother of Nick Mikolajchak. Nick is a 6’2” right-handed pitcher playing in the minors with the Indians Organization. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 11th round as a junior from Sam Houston State University in 2019.

    In this episode, Debbie talks about Nick's career and what it was like to raise a future professional baseball player. She also discusses their experience ...

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    In this episode you will hear what it's like to grind as a semi-professional baseball player in an independent league, working towards the dream of getting drafted.

    Lennon (Lenny) Gwizdala is a left-handed pitcher that played four years at Division 2 Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. He continued on to play semi-professional baseball by signing with the River City Rascals in the independent Frontier League in 2019.

    He sh...

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    In Part 2 of our arm care series, we chat with Dr. Ryan Brown. If you missed Part 1, you can check that out here: 023 Arm Care Advice, Part 1.

    Ryan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and former D1 college baseball player. Ryan was an outfielder and leadoff hitter at William & Mary and actually holds the record for the most games played in the college's history! He has utiliz...

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    February 18, 2021 22 min


    This episode we interviewed an expert from an MLB- level pitching staff on questions about arm care. 

  • Thoughts on:
  • Ice
  • Running after throwing
  • Bands vs weights
  • Long toss
  • Weighted balls
  • Any advice for young catchers who also pitch?
  • Would you recommend against pitchers playing year round? And if so, how long of a rest period?
  • Do you notice any particular qualities that differentiate pitchers you have worked with who seem more resilient from th...
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    February 11, 2021 24 min

    Baseball rules, history, and player stories that you have probably never heard!

    If you want to learn more, check out the RESOURCES below that we used to research our facts. If you have any fun stories or facts to share, please shoot us a message on social media:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter 
  • Parents and Baseball 
  • If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave a review/rating on iTunes and subscribe or follow on your favorite podcast player...

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    February 4, 2021 72 min

    Trevor and Patrick are joined by guest Jason Ball, Asst. Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at SVSU and coach of the 16u Michigan Select team.

    Dads takeover for Part 2 of our mini-series on showcase baseball and college recruitment. Listen to Part 1 here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1348060/7380025
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    In this episode, Jason shares his experiences coaching at different levels, and offers players and parents a plethora of advi...

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    This episode is Part 1 in a 2-part series about high school/showcase baseball and college recruiting.

    Mark Jebb has been a long-time assistant coach at Swan Valley High School and a travel baseball coach for Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs and Michigan Select. In this episode, he shares the experience of coaching a group of 2020 grads from the time they were 9-10 years old until they finished high school.

    Coach Jebb talks about how he focused...

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    January 21, 2021 55 min

    Tons of fundraising ideas in this episode--the good and the bad! Today we welcomed Shannon Robinson who was the Team Manager/Administrator for the new Prairie Ironmen Travel Baseball Organization and Tournament Scheduler for the South Bend Cubs Organization, and was a very successful fundraiser manager.

    DISCLAIMER: We are not accountants or experts in tax law so please consult your organization's consultants to make sure any and...

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    In this episode, guests Amber and Brenda return to continue our discussion of the New Year’s Baseball Fest tournament in Panama City Beach, Florida, and our experiences playing with Baseball Youth Elite & GameDay USA Prospect Teams, as well as independent teams that participated in the tournament.

    Check out our brand new "Parents and Baseball" Facebook group!

    Amber's son Gunner played for a Baseball Youth Elite team a...

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    In this episode, guests Amber and Brenda join Stephanie and Diana to discuss personal experiences with GameDay USA and Baseball Youth individual events. We talk about those GameDay MVP tags and golden tickets,  plus lots more!

    Check out our brand new "Parents and Baseball" Facebook group!

    Welcome Amber and Brenda. Amber has a son that played in a few GameDay USA All Star events as well as for the GameDay USA Prospect Team in ...

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    December 29, 2020 64 min

    This special episode # 16 we are discussing the GameChanger app and the new app GameChanger Team Manager.

    Guest host Patrick Malley, from Dads takeover episode

    Special Guests:

    Ken Strnad, VP Marketing of GameChanger

    David Kennedy, Head of Consumer Experience at GameChanger

    A few things we love about GameChanger:

          -Scorebook 

          -Stats auto-generated

          -Fan/viewer experience

          -Audio- use in the car

     We discuss concerns about ...

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