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.
On Deck: Diana discuss her tips, tricks, and camera recommendations for taking the best sports photos.
Baseball Superstitions by Deborah Minter https://howtheyplay.com/team-sports/Baseball-Superstitions
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 franchises and at least 20 professional teams.
In 2019, pitching for the Colorado Rockies, Tim Melville had his first big-league win and quickly became a fan favorite of the Rockies franchise. In 2019 he also had the opportunity to strike out Freddie Freeman (an old teammate/acquaintance of his), Josh Donaldson, and Ozzie Albies.
Tim Melville was drafted in 2008 in the 4th round by the Royals, but had been ranked by RISE Magazine as the top high school draft prospect in the country at the time. He went on to room with Eric Hosmer and Mike Montgomery in Single A the following year.
Val has moved all around, but is a native Virginian and is currently living in Chester, Virginia. She has so much baseball-mom experience to share with us as a single mom raising a highly-sought after baseball player and navigating Tim through AAU, travel ball, USA Baseball, and the MLB draft out of high school. She also shares the challenges her son has faced along the way and talk about how they have dealt with those challenges and persevered through injuries, surgeries, and a congenital condition.
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On Deck: An Interview with Val Paredes, mother to Tim Melville. Tim Melville was once ranked as the #1 high school draft in the country and was drafted in the 4th round by the Kansas City Royals in 2008. He played for several teams in the MLB and is currently playing for the CPBL in Taiwan, and just pitched the first no hitter of 2021! Val will discuss the many challenges that Tim has overcome during his impressive baseball career and has some meaningful insights as a veteran baseball mom for youth baseball parents today.
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 a massively successful travel baseball organization (with partner Tom Merkle), and Mark was an associate major league scout. Mark is also a baseball parent himself.
In addition to sharing his own story, Mark discusses his personal thoughts on the idea of playing multiple sports vs specialization. He also talks about his coaching philosophies regarding running efficient practices, instilling mental toughness in kids and receiving 100% effort from them, and teaching his players to play with confidence and "swag."
Later in the episode, Mark shares valuable advice regarding mental and physical "turn-ons" and "turn-offs" that he picked up over the several years spent working with MLB scouts, and being a former associate scout himself for the Texas Rangers.
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 a part of the Truletic team, combining his baseball career along with his business marketing background.
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We interview Mark Krzysiak. Mark has been involved in the game of baseball at nearly every level. He started a massively successful travel baseball organization, was an associate major league scout, and shares with us his “turn ons and turn offs” for scouts when evaluating players.
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, coaches' wives, and even as an umpire.
We discuss our opinions about what it takes to successfully coach your own child (and why it may be a disaster) and mention our favorite qualities in good coaches.
Previous Episodes Mentioned:
025: Semi-Pro Pitcher Lennon Gwizdala
012: Lale Esquivel - Coach of the Best 12u Team in the Nation
020: From 10u to the Big Ten: MI Select Coach on 2020 College Commits for Entire Team
021 DadsTakeover - College Recruiting
008: Moms and Politics in Youth Baseball
Update on Mitch Jebb (020: From 10u to the Big Ten: MI Select Coach on 2020 College Commits for Entire Team):
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.
Instead, Connor attended Fresno City Junior College before transferring to NAIA Lewis-Clark State College. From Lewis-Clark, Connor was drafted in the 10th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Debbie also talks about her experience watching Nick play baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League, and how she was able to quit her job as a teacher and run a virtual health and fitness business so that she could have more flexibility watching her son's baseball games.
In regards to what it's like to be a high-level pitcher under 6' tall:
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 shares so many inspirational nuggets of wisdom in this episode that should benefit young baseball players hoping to further their own baseball career.
Keep up with Lennon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcgwizzy
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 utilized his extensive training and experience to put together a comprehensive arm care program for baseball players, and was gracious enough to provide insight into some of the most controversial arm care topics for pitchers.
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Ultimate Arm Care Program: https://ultimatearmcareprogram.vhx.tv/
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On deck: Interview with Semi-Professional Lefty Pitcher, Lennon Gwizdala