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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
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This episode we discuss over 20 baseball myths, or commonly misunderstood baseball rules. These are things that you will hear bleacher coaches (aka parents or family members) often getting wrong at baseball games. Here are a few of the myths we mention:Myth: If a batter does not swing and is struck by a pitch, the batter automatically is awarded first base. Myth: The runner must turn to his/her right after over-running first base. Myth: No run can score when a runner is called out, for the third out, for not tagging up. Myth: The batter may not switch batter’s boxes after two strikes.On Deck: Diana and Stephanie discuss more tournament baseball reviews from IL, IN, and OH.Follow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and BaseballMentions:https://www.umpirebible.com/index.php/rule-mythshttps://www.umpirebible.com/index.php/rules-interference/umpire-interferencehttps://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/10-commonly-misinterpreted-little-league-rules/https://www.mlb.com/news/dropped-third-strike-strangest-baseball-rulehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infield_fly_rulehttps://youtu.be/Q3a5eBL6VdIhttps://youtu.be/irzH2xtWB0M
Mother's Day Classic TBR State Championship Review (13u): May 8 - May 9, 2021Location:Bailey ParkBattle Creek, MichiganGrading Scale:Fields: 4/5 pointsTournament Management: 5/5 pointsFees: 4/5 (There is also a Stay-to-Play requirement for this tournament that is not mentioned in the review)Restrooms: 4/5 pointsUmpires: 1.5/3 pointsConcessions: 1.5/2 pointsMiscellaneous: 4/5 pointsTOTAL RATING: 24/30 (TRIPLE)Note: Our reviews are completely based on our own personal opinions, and we are not receiving any compensation or incentives for our reviews (and if we ever did, we would disclose that information).If you have any corrections, please send them to us. We will keep the show notes updated with any corrected/updated information so please make sure to check those out on our website: https://momsandbaseball.weebly.com-------------------------Moms and Baseball Tournament Ratings Scale (30 possible points)28+: Grand Slam25-27: Home Run22-24: Triple19-21: Double16-18: Base HitUnder 16: StrikeoutGrading System:5 pts: Fields/Facilities (maintained, fences, turf, lights, bleachers, nets, etc)5 pts: Tournament management (Scheduling, communication, rules, etc)5 pts: Fees (Tournament, parking, entry)5 pts: Restrooms3 pts: Umpires2 pts: Concessions5 pts: Miscellaneous (location, coolers, alcohol, dogs, playground, things to do, trophy type, etc.)Follow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13
4th Annual Beaver Bash Review (12u): May 7 - May 9, 2021Locations:Reed ParkIthaca, MichiganMaple ParkMaple Rapids, MichiganGrading Scale:Fields: 3/5 pointsTournament Management: 5/5 pointsFees: 5/5Restrooms: 3.5/5 pointsUmpires: 2.5/3 points (We did not mention in the review but umpires at Reed Park were great. Umpires at Maple Rapids were less great and seemed like they didn't want to be there.)Concessions: 1/2 pointsMiscellaneous: 3/5 pointsTOTAL RATING: 23/30 (TRIPLE)Note: Our reviews are completely based on our own personal opinions, and we are not receiving any compensation or incentives for our reviews (and if we ever did, we would disclose that information).If you have any corrections, please send them to us. We will keep the show notes updated with any corrected/updated information so please make sure to check those out on our website: https://momsandbaseball.weebly.com-------------------------Moms and Baseball Tournament Ratings Scale (30 possible points)28+: Grand Slam25-27: Home Run22-24: Triple19-21: Double16-18: Base HitUnder 16: StrikeoutGrading System:5 pts: Fields/Facilities (maintained, fences, turf, lights, bleachers, nets, etc)5 pts: Tournament management (Scheduling, communication, rules, etc)5 pts: Fees (Tournament, parking, entry)5 pts: Restrooms3 pts: Umpires2 pts: Concessions5 pts: Miscellaneous (location, coolers, alcohol, dogs, playground, things to do, trophy type, etc.)Follow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13
How expensive is it to play travel baseball?How many times have you been asked this and then taken a deep sigh before explaining? In this episode we discuss how the increasing costs of sports are pushing lower income, or single income, kids out of sports. The typical American family spends about $700 per year on their child's sports activities, but some parents shell out as much as $35,000  annually to pay for lessons, camps, school sports fees, equipment, travel and more, according to Project Play. These costs are forcing talented kids, who can not afford it, to quit sports.Do your kids have to earn any money to help offset sports' fees, or do they participate in fundraising efforts? Diana and Stephanie also offer a couple ideas to help get your kids involved to instill responsibility and take some ownership of their own travel ball expenses.Diana and Stephanie also interview a 13-year-old youth baseball player, who is trying to level the playing field for kids that cannot afford to play baseball. Karter, and his mom Patsy from Utah, created a charity organization called Wish Upon a Moon Shotto cover players' baseball expenses, including fees and equipment. In 2020, Karter was able to sponsor a local baseball player by providing all the game day essentials. Karter's goal is to grow his charity to be able to sponsor kids all over the United States. He is still looking to sponsor kids in 2021 by sending them to a baseball camp or for fall baseball!!If you would like to donate to Karter's organization you can email wishuponamoonshot@gmail.com or visit his Facebook/Instagram page @wishuponamoonshot.On Deck: More Moms and Baseball Tournament Rankings--------------------------------Follow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball ​Mentions:035: Mark Hammond II & the Nationally-Ranked 11u MC Hit Dogs MajorsFacebook page Wish Upon A MoonshotYouth sports in the U.S.: Middle-class and poor kids are ditching youth sports - CBS News---------------​HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13
Total Baseball Earlybird Tournament (13u Only): April 30 - May 2, 2021Location:Total Sports ComplexWixom, MichiganGrading Scale:Fields: 4/5 pointsTournament Management: 4.5/5 pointsFees: 4/5 (We did not mention that kids under 18 were supposed to be free, but Stephanie was charged for her child!)Restrooms: 2/5 pointsUmpires: 1.5/3 pointsConcessions: 2/2 pointsMiscellaneous: 3/5 pointsTOTAL RATING: 21/30 (DOUBLE)Note: Our reviews are completely based on our own personal opinions, and we are not receiving any compensation or incentives for our reviews (and if we ever did, we would disclose that information).If you have any corrections, please send them to us. We will keep the show notes updated with any corrected/updated information so please make sure to check those out on our website: https://momsandbaseball.weebly.com-------------------------Moms and Baseball Tournament Ratings Scale (30 possible points)28+: Grand Slam25-27: Home Run22-24: Triple19-21: Double16-18: Base HitUnder 16: StrikeoutGrading System:5 pts: Fields/Facilities (maintained, fences, turf, lights, bleachers, nets, etc)5 pts: Tournament management (Scheduling, communication, rules, etc)5 pts: Fees (Tournament, parking, entry)5 pts: Restrooms3 pts: Umpires2 pts: Concessions5 pts: Miscellaneous (location, coolers, alcohol, dogs, playground, things to do, trophy type, etc.)Follow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13
Legacy Opening Day Classic: April 23-25, 2021Locations: Legacy CenterBrighton, MichiganTefft ParkSaline, MichiganFowlerville, MichiganGrading Scale:Fields: 4/5 pointsTournament Management: 4.5/5 pointsFees: 4.5/5Restrooms: 3/5 pointsUmpires: 2.5/3 pointsConcessions: 1.5/2 pointsMiscellaneous: 3/5 pointsTOTAL RATING: 23/30 (TRIPLE)Note: Our reviews are completely based on our own personal opinions, and we are not receiving any compensation or incentives for our reviews (and if we ever did, we would disclose that information).If you have any corrections, please send them to us. We will keep the show notes updated with any corrected/updated information so please make sure to check those out on our website: https://momsandbaseball.weebly.com-------------------------Moms and Baseball Tournament Ratings Scale (30 possible points)28+: Grand Slam25-27: Home Run22-24: Triple19-21: Double16-18: Base HitUnder 16: StrikeoutFollow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13
Moms and Baseball is going to start releasing bonus episodes with reviews of baseball tournaments! Keep checking back to see if we've reviewed a tournament that your team is considering! As of right now, we are only offering reviews/ratings for tournaments that our current 11u, 12u, or 13u teams have attended. Our reviews are completely based on our own personal opinions, and we are not receiving any compensation or incentives for our reviews (and if we ever did, we would disclose that information).If you have any corrections, please send them to us. We will keep the show notes updated with any corrected/updated information so please make sure to check those out on our website: https://momsandbaseball.weebly.comMoms and Baseball Tournament Ratings Scale (30 possible points)28+: Grand Slam25-27: Home Run22-24: Triple19-21: Double16-18: Base HitUnder 16: StrikeoutGrading System:5 pts: Fields/Facilities (maintained, fences, turf, lights, bleachers, nets, etc)5 pts: Tournament management (Scheduling, communication, rules, etc)5 pts: Fees (Tournament, parking, entry)5 pts: Restrooms3 pts: Umpires2 pts: Concessions5 pts: Miscellaneous (location, coolers, alcohol, dogs, playground, things to do, trophy type, etc.)Follow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13
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 travel all over the country to find the most competitive tournaments, or to stay in Michigan and compete up two age levels.Diana and Stephanie also talk with Mark about how their own kids' teams have fared when they have encountered Coach Hammond's teams in the past.On Deck: Diana and Stephanie discuss updates with their kids' travel teams and offer rankings for tournaments!Follow Moms and Baseball:Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13Mentions:Owen Hammond PG All Tournament TeamBullpen Tournament RosterTBR 11u National RankingsTravel Ball Select 11u National Rankings
Moms and How to Take Better Baseball PhotosThis 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. Check out this episode on YouTube to see some picture examples included at the end of the video! You can skip to 25:53 if you're just there to see the pictures :) --------------------Mentions:Canon EOS Rebel T6/1300D 18MP DSLR Camera + 18-55mm LensCanon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom LensCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera BodyEpisode 2: Moms and White Baseball Pants--------------------YouTube Tutorials:AI Servo mode: https://youtu.be/-PJzCRWoOmMBack-Button Focus: https://youtu.be/8PN9R0D3pF0--------------------Moms and Baseball is a podcast for youth baseball moms, dads, coaches, and players. Co-hosts Diana Stephens and Stephanie Malley share thoughts, ideas, and stories relating to travel (select) baseball, Little League, and recreation baseball experiences--but more importantly--also interview lots of interesting people in the world of baseball. Plus look for appearances by special guest hosts, including Patrick and Trevor, for special Baseball Dads episodes and more! *Full podcast episodes are available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music (ask Alexa) and more! Search "Moms and Baseball"*Check out our Facebook group, "Parents and Baseball" @momsandbaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitterhttps://momsandbaseball.weebly.com
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 applies to fans. It brings good luck to a team in the last inning.Leave the pitcher alone, or not talking to, on the day of the start.Lucky bats, gloves, socks, pants, or anything you were wearing during your big game win.On Deck: Diana discuss her tips, tricks, and camera recommendations for taking the best sports photos.Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)https://mambeblankets.com/?aff=13Mentions:https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1179538-baseballs-50-weirdest-all-time-superstitionshttps://medium.com/sportsraid/mlb-players-and-their-strangest-superstitions-e959d0c9626aBaseball Superstitions by Deborah Minter https://howtheyplay.com/team-sports/Baseball-Superstitionshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruthhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Hollandhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Dunnhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turk_Wendellhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Scherzerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_DiMaggiohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc_FnBgGyMMhttps://bangordailynews.com/2011/09/30/sports/baseball/superstitions-important-part-of-baseball’s-romance/
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.Want to keep up with Moms and Baseball?Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and BaseballWant to be a guest? Just fill out the survey at the Guest Zone page on our website to see if you're a good fit! http://www.momsandbaseball.comOn Deck: Baseball Superstitions----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 Source:https://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb/news/for-former-phenom-tim-melville-first-big-league-win-was-long-time-coming/128anbon2hk361210g07hnfl27
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 Episode 20 with Mark Jebb.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.Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 
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.On Deck: TBDKeep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------SUPPORT US by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Previous Episodes Mentioned:004: Moms and Travel Ball vs. Rec Ball Part 1009: Interview with Div. 1 Catcher Who Was Cut From High School Teams011: Girls Playing Boys Baseball020: From 10u to the Big Ten: MI Select Coach on 2020 College Commits for Entire Team025: Semi-Pro Pitcher Lennon GwizdalaOther Notable Mentions:Wendell Nehmer (Means Stamping)Calhoun Community CollegeLake Michigan CollegeCentral Michigan UniversityTom AckermanTom MerkleMatt NoakesSaginaw Bay RiverdawgsMichigan SelectRoger CoryellTony LucadelloProphet of the SandlotsMark Haske
From MiLB Pitcher to Developing Protective Batting GlovesThis 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.Derek discusses his path through baseball growing up and shares some great insight on multi-sports, travel baseball, college baseball, being drafted, and coaching. He also discusses the Truletic protective batting gloves, which uses brand-new protective technology that prevents baseball players from getting hamate surgery. truletic.com is offering our listeners 20% your purchase of protective batting gloves. Just enter the code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" when purchasing.Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and Baseball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 On Deck: 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.References:https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-xpm-2012-06-01-bal-baseball-players-have-had-mixed-results-following-hamate-bone-surgery-20120601-story.htmlhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-crying-in-baseball/id1302035601Mambe Waterproof Blankets Use the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" to get 10% off any MAMBE products
028: Daddy Ball

028: Daddy Ball

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To Coach or Not to Coach Your KidIn 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.Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and BaseballOn Deck: We will talk to Derek Hurley, a former Division 1 and Minor League baseball player, about his baseball career as well as what he is up to now--including a brand new company specializing in one-of-a-kind batting glove protection technology.----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 Previous Episodes Mentioned:025: Semi-Pro Pitcher Lennon Gwizdala012: Lale Esquivel - Coach of the Best 12u Team in the Nation020: From 10u to the Big Ten: MI Select Coach on 2020 College Commits for Entire Team021 DadsTakeover - College Recruiting008: Moms and Politics in Youth BaseballUpdate on Mitch Jebb (020: From 10u to the Big Ten: MI Select Coach on 2020 College Commits for Entire Team):https://msuspartans.com/sports/baseball/roster/mitch-jebb/10933https://twitter.com/d1baseball/status/1370132696765173765?s=20
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 discusses how Connor took a bit of a nontraditional path to the MLB. For starters, he didn't play any travel or select baseball until high school, but she does discuss his opportunity to play in the Area Code games in the summer between his junior and senior year of high school, which ultimately lead to him being drafted in the final round by the Atlanta Braves. Connor turned down that opportunity and was going to attend Division 1 Fresno State University on scholarship, but Stephanie discusses why that option didn't work out and offers advice to parents on the college recruiting process.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. Stephanie discusses how  Connor handled the transition from starting pitcher to the bullpen while in the Minors and talks about his notorious debut game in 2020. Then she talks about how Connor performed since that day, and offers some insight for youth baseball parents.Keep up with Moms and Baseball on our website: https://momsandbaseball.comFollow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterJoin our Facebook group, Parents and BaseballOn Deck: Daddy Ball----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 References:https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=brogdo000conhttps://www.mlb.com/player/connor-brogdon-641401https://section215.com/2021/01/10/philadelphia-phillies-brogdon-romero/https://www.thegoodphight.com/2020/12/16/22177104/2020-player-reviews-connor-brogdonhttps://www.mlb.com/news/connor-brogdon-cutter-brings-confidence-results
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 with the Texas snowstorm from earlier this year and how it thwarted Nick's ability to get to Spring Training on time.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.Moms and Baseball is on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterCheck out our Parents and Baseball group on Facebookhttps://momsandbaseball.weebly.com/For more information on Debbie, check out her social media or past podcast appearances:InstagramFacebookWebsiteHealthy Lifestyle for Weight LossYour PUSH Coach Podcast----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 References:- Baseball Reference- 2020 Cape Cod Baseball League Players in DraftOn Deck:Interview with Stephanie Brogdon, mother to MLB/ Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Connor Brogdon
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----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 References:https://www.mlive.com/sports/saginaw-bay-city/2019/07/bay-city-central-product-lennon-gwizdala-signs-first-professional-contract.htmlhttps://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gwizda000lenhttps://www.gonorthwood.com/sports/bsb/2018-19/bios/gwizdala_lennon_jp1h?view=career&pos=p
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.In this episode, we discuss: Icing after throwingMarc Pro & EMS devicesRunning after throwing (sprints vs. long distance)Bands and weightsLong tossWeighted ballsAdvice for catchers who also pitchThoughts on year-round baseball/pitching & playing multiple sportsQualities of resilient pitchersBreaking ballsPitch count guidelinesMentioned in this Episode:Risk Factors for Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Adolescent Baseball PitchersSAID PrincipleSpecificity Principle and Power Output of Endurance or Sprint Based Metabolic/Conditioning Work Marc Pro & Other Electric Muscle StimulatorsKids Who Pitch & Catch More Likely to Sustain an InjuryYouth Baseball Risk Factors for Arm InjuriesPrevention of Elbow Injuries in Youth Baseball Pitchers (Fastball vs. Breaking Balls)MLB Pitch Smart GuidelinesBaseball Performance and Rehab Facebook GroupUltimate Arm Care Program: https://ultimatearmcareprogram.vhx.tv/Program Includes:3-day / week arm care programMovement Prep / Pre-Throwing RoutinePost-Throwing RoutineRecovery ConceptsPitcher's Weekly Recovery ScheduleFind Moms and Baseball:FacebookInstagramTwitter Parents and Baseball On deck: Interview with Semi-Pro Lefty Pitcher, Lennon GwizdalaListeners will receive 10% off any Mambe Blankets product by using discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" 
This episode we interviewed an expert from an MLB- level pitching staff on questions about arm care. Thoughts on:IceRunning after throwingBands vs weightsLong tossWeighted ballsAny 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 those who are more susceptible to injury?Would you recommend a certain age to start throwing breaking balls, and would it matter how often they throw those pitches?Pitch count guidelines, how important are they?It is more beneficial for young pitchers to play multiple sports?If you have any fun stories or facts to share, please shoot us a message on social media:FacebookInstagramTwitter Or join in our Facebook group, 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!On deck: Part 2 of the Arm Care series with special guest physical therapist, Dr. Ryan Brown ----------HELP SUPPORT MOMS AND BASEBALL by visiting our affiliate Mambe Blankets! Listeners will receive 10% off any Mambe product by using the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" Mambe Hooded Waterproof Blankets:100% waterproof/windproofHeat-reflective liningInclude a fleece-lined hood and snaps so you can wear it like a ponchoWrap you from head to toe!Made in the USAAre the warmest, coziest blanket you will find, and were well-loved by Diana and Stephanie long before the podcast existed :)AFFILIATE LINK: https://mambeblankets.com?aff=13 Mentions:Moms and Baseball episode 020 From 10u to the Big Ten: MI Select Coach on 2020 College Commits for Entire TeamAroldis Chapman: https://www.foxsports.com.au/baseball/aroldis-chapman-looks-ridiculously-huge-after-cancelled-baseball-preseason/news-story/00c39dcbc45aa7fcb57f14fd0adff7d3
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Trevor Grice

Love the podcast! Especially like the "Dad's" takeover. Having them drop in from time to time would be cool.

Jan 1st
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