A Change of Direction in the Desert (Part 2)

This is the second of a two-part installment analyzing the decisions made by the Diamondbacks organization since hiring Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart. You can find Part One here. The 2015 D-Backs were a major improvement, going 79-83 on the year and placing third in the NL West, but they made one serious head-scratcher…

A Change of Direction in the Desert (Part 1)

This is the first of a two-part installment analyzing the decisions made by the Diamondbacks organization since hiring Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart. May 17, 2014: The Arizona Diamondbacks convince legendary Hall of Famer Tony La Russa to come out of retirement and assume the title “Chief Baseball Officer” Since the position was brand new,…

Better Days Ahead in Philly

In a recent article of mine, I discussed a few of the 2015 breakout teams. The introduction to the piece featured a bit of anecdotal complaining on my part, because my favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies, was nowhere near the playoffs this year. In fact, they were the worst team in the league, with a…

Takeout Slides and Bat Flips

The MLB Playoffs are an intense time of year. They provide a jolt of excitement during the transition from Baseball to Football, Summer to Fall, and create a great deal of drama. Chase Utley, a borderline Hall of Fame second basemen, respected around the league by coaches and players alike, became a villain just days ago.…

Tommy John Surgery (UCL reconstruction) Research

I am doing research on the causes, effects, and potential strategies of prevention of Tommy John Surgery. Any insightful pieces, or good research that comes across anybody’s path would be much appreciated as a link shared to my email. My reason for doing this is to compile enough research to develop a proficient training program for pitchers, starting…

The Game of Redemption

A Lengthy Introduction Post Baseball is often times referred to as the game of failure. By the physics of it, this is true. Success comes at a much lower rate than failure for a hitter. If you can succeed in reaching for a hit one third of your plate appearances, you are considered a super…