Entries by Dan Blewett

What Causes A Mental Meltdown in Baseball?

Ever watched a player melt down in front of your eyes, walking eight batters in a row, or making three consecutive errors in the field? Of course you have! More and more in today’s high-pressure, win-at-all-costs climate of amateur baseball, kids are being put in a position to fail, are not being taught how to handle high-pressure situations, or simply don’t play on their own enough to know how to adapt when the game changes around them. In this article, you’ll learn the mechanics of a mental meltdown and what to look for as a coach or parent. And, we’ll discuss how these can be prevented.

How to Properly Prepare Relief Pitchers to Enter a Game

Relief pitchers have a difficult job, and it can be tough to get them warmed up properly to enter a game. Clear communication is key so that players can enter a game ready to not only pitch their best, but also reduce the risk of injury. In this article, learn the best terminology and clear communication strategies that pitching coaches should use with their players.

Two Pitch-Calling Mistakes that Cause High Pitch Counts

Pitch counts need to be kept in check for a pitcher to earn consistent innings and be relied upon by his team. One of the biggest reasons many pitchers rack up high pitch counts and get pulled early from games is poor pitch-calling and strategy. By implementing a pitch-calling strategy that uses more margin for error and better risk-vs-reward, a pitcher can lower his pitch count and pitch deeper into games.

Four Mental Training Tips for Baseball Players

Mental training for baseball players is a very overlooked performance-enhancer. Though many players, coaches and parents witness in-game meltdowns and struggles under pressure, few players train their minds to prepare for tough situations. In this article, you’ll learn four tips to help improve baseball performance by training the mind and preparing for high-pressure situations.

How Visualizing a Bad Performance Can Help an Athlete Avoid One

There are many mental factors that can hinder an athlete’s performance. A major one is the fear of negative outcomes on the field—giving up hits and runs, striking out in big situations, and suffering ridicule, embarrassment, and playing time consequences. Mentally removing oneself from attachment and fear of these consequences can improve performance, and this can be done, in part, by visualizing negative outcomes.

The Three Hardest Challenges of Tommy John Rehab

In Tommy John Surgery recovery, one of the most difficult aspects of the recovery is handling the pain, discomfort, and seemingly random changes in how one’s arm feels. As a pitcher gets to the final phase of his recovery – month eight and beyond – it becomes a constant battle of throttling up and down on how often to throw, how hard to throw, and how much pain and discomfort should be tolerated during throwing. Learn how to manage this in this article.