5 Keys to Throwing a Successful Pen

1) Goals of the Pen Identify the goals of the pen.  Too many times pitchers will get on the mound and just “get their work in.”  If a pitcher throws with no goal for the pen, he will not get the desired effect necessary for the next appearance.  Whether it is mechanics or building a pitch count or working on …

Ken’s 4 Tips to Staying Healthy

1) It begins with a great warm-up routine. This is so important and it’s where we have to start!  The beginning of a great warm up routine is the total body warm up that enables the pitcher to be ready to throw with good intent and focus from the very first throw.  The pitcher always wants to warm up and …

World Series 2016 Recap

Cubs win, Cubs win! Crap. Losses are tough to take but they played better than us and won the Series. Congrats to them. It’s kind of crazy but many of the best games I ever have been a part of have been losses. World Series game 7 extra inning loss to the Cubs arguably one of the best games ever. …

Game 7 | World Series 2016 | Championship Day

Cubs win big in Game 6… Smoked us with 2 big innings and won 3 innings to the Tribes 2. Freebies were 6-5 Indians. Plays of the game were: the missed ball/double Russell hit for 2 runs in the 1st inning and Russell’s salami in the 3rd. Getting down big early didn’t allow us to get to our strength of …

Game 6 | World Series 2016

Sunday’s recap: 3-2 Cubs, crazy good (no… GREAT) pitching, 23 punchies between both teams. Freebie war was won by Chicago 9-3, (and a runner was thrown out stealing so I’m saying the score was 9-2).  Indians won the 2nd (1-0), 6th (1-0), Chicago won the 4th (3-0).  Biggest inning, most crooked numbers, then winning innings, are the weighted value of the …

Game 5 | World Series 2016

How sweet! Indians go up 3-1 and are close to winning this thing.  You’ve got to love the way the team has reacted throughout the playoffs and how our play has put the Indians in position to close the Series out tonight. Last night, the Indians won the freebie war 5-2.  Indians won 4 innings, the Cubs won 2.  Indians …

Game 4 | World Series 2016

In a 1-0 baseball game, every pitch is important. My Mom texted me “Baseball is so nerve wracking” and it is. It is a beautiful thing when EVERYTHING matters.  How often does it happen when everything is important?  Things are important and you don’t even know when they happen if they will be important when it’s all over?  1-0 makes …

Game 3 | World Series 2016

The streak is over, I was 7-0 in games at Progressive field, lifetime. So it’s time to start another streak for the Tribe…how about 3 wins in a row starting tonight? So I am back in Phoenix, had rehab throwers this morning and I have a Bootcamp during the game tonight, so I’ll have to record the game and watch …

Game 2 | World Series 2016

Sitting in Seattle on a cold, rainy day…….. Wait a minute, I’m in Cleveland for Game 2 of the World Series, but it is raining and it’s cold. I just made a run to a little thrift store and bought leggings, ear muffs, a rain jacket for my mother-in-law and a $3 hat for myself. One of the best things …

Game 1 | World Series 2016

Sitting in a hotel in Cleveland getting ready for game 1 of the World Series, it’s pretty cool to reflect on what’s been going for me personally and how it affects what’s been brewing at the AZ Baseball Ranch. Since I’ve been able to work with the Indians, much of what I believe in has been confirmed… First, people make …