Reclassing in Baseball

Reclassing is most often used as a way to hold athletes back a year in school so that the have time to develop size and strength relative to their peers. Reclassing happens before high school starts in order avoid issues with the four year graduation time limit the NCAA requires for qualification to play collegeContinue reading “Reclassing in Baseball”

Baseball UCL Surgery and Recovery

What does baseball UCL surgery look like and what is the UCL surgery recovery process? ASMI has a great Masterclass on ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) surgery, rehab and post-operative biomechanics featuring top surgeons, physical therapists and researchers. If your child is at risk for an arm injury, which is pretty much every baseball pitchers, thisContinue reading “Baseball UCL Surgery and Recovery”

Baseball in Maps

Maps tell stories and a lot of interesting conclusions can be drawn from them. Take a look at the one below, which shows pitchers with over 200 wins as a metric of longevity. The dots are clustered in the northeast with very little south of the Mason-Dixon line despite Texas, Georgia and Florida being hotbedsContinue reading “Baseball in Maps”

From Draft Day to the Majors: How Often Do Baseball Prospects Make It Big?

What are the odds of drafted baseball players making the Major Leagues and staying for at least three year? Richard Karcher studied the numbers over the 16 year period from 1996-2011 and they provide a view into how difficult it is to make the highest level of play. It’s no surprise that higher round sectionsContinue reading “From Draft Day to the Majors: How Often Do Baseball Prospects Make It Big?”

Why Does College Baseball Have So Few Scholarships?

The documentary movie Uneven explains the history of college baseball’s limit on scholarships to at 11.7 for the whole team, meaning that unlike football and basketball, most players only receive partial funding of their education while playing on the baseball team. The limit is driven by Title IX, which disproportionally affects baseball compared to othersContinue reading “Why Does College Baseball Have So Few Scholarships?”

Are Weighted Ball Programs Safe?

In 2020, American Sport Medicine Institute (AMSI) had a all-star panel of doctors and physical therapists to discuss whether weighted ball programs are a safe way to increase velocity in pitchers. The answer for youth was a resounding “no” across the board. The medical experts concluded that weighted ball programs likely add to velocity becauseContinue reading “Are Weighted Ball Programs Safe?”


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