I wish I would have had access to some of Jeff s training methods as a young player. I know I would have had a much stronger and accurate arm. The information is presented in a way that even if you aren't a polished coach, you should be able to help your young players develop throwing mechanics that will work for the rest of their playing careers. As a former major league player and little league coach, I highly recommend this book for all coaches through the high school level. --Bill Buckner, Boston Red Sox
This book expresses all of the basic mechanics I use, and would teach to any of the young people I instruct. All of the strength and conditioning exercises displayed in this book are paramount to strengthening and maintaining an athletic body and a healthy arm. It is a great step-by-step guide to follow for any parent or coach wishing to teach the proper mechanics of pitching to young aspiring players. --Rommie Lewis, Pitcher, Toronto Blue Jays
For over 30 years I worked with some of the most talented athletes in Major League Baseball. As one of the team doctors for the Seattle Mariners I developed a love for the game of baseball which still exists to this day, and my concern for the health and well being of our players has always been a top priority. Rick Griffin (Seattle Mariners Athletic Trainer) and I have worked for years to try and instill in our athletes the importance of proper training to improve flexibility, and strength of both the arm and the core muscles. Our techniques changed some over the years, but the vision was always there to develop a routine that would include the following: Five Points of Emphasis 1. Flexibility 2. Strength 3. Muscle Balance 4. Endurance 5. Technique Jeff touches on all of these important areas in his book and I would encourage all parents and coaches to pay attention to these details. Their kids will benefit from these teachings, and enjoy the experiences baseball can offer. --Dr. Keith Peterson, Seattle Mariners Team Doctor Emeritus
About the Author
For the past 29 years Jeff has been working as a player and a coach to improve his abilities, and the abilities of those around him. He has played and coached at virtually every level of baseball and had a promising major league career cut short by elbow and shoulder injuries. His understanding of the basic fundamentals of throwing and pitching are refreshing and will help today s parents and coaches gain additional information to help their kids pursue a career on the mound.