Whether it be the daily commute or early morning cardio, cooking dinner or doing the chores, walking the mall or relaxing poolside on a weekend – podcasts are a great way to conveniently sneak in a little extra learning for the week. In this weekly installment, I share with you a shortlist of listen-worthy podcasts – old and new – to check out this week. Enjoy!
This week we dive into the new podcast from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA): “Calls From the Clubhouse”
The American Baseball Coaches Association recently started the “Calls from the Clubhouse Podcast” a month or so ago, and already it has become one of my favorites. Jeremy Sheetinger is a great orator and the guests thus far have been outstanding.
This particular episode featured someone that I happen to look up to a great amount and find to be one of the most influential people in the strength and conditioning field, especially when it comes to baseball, and that is Eric Cressey. If you don’t know of Eric, it’s time that you get acquainted with his work, as he is arguably the top baseball strength and conditioning coach in the profession. If you do know Eric, this is still sure to be a valuable podcast episode for you, as EC covers his most current perspective on everything form today’s baseball overuse culture, to how his training philosophy is dictated by the individual, all the way to how he approaches “dead arm” – and much more.
Another great episode is the very first – the first of the entire show, and the first of a 2-part installment on arm care and development. This first episode is an interview with Alan Jaeger. Alan’s company, Jaeger Sports, and products (such as his J-Bands) have become synonymous with pitching development, and his ideology has become a staple in more collegiate, professional, and high school bullpens than you can count.
Although every coach seems to have his or her own take on long-tossing, arm care, and pitching development as a whole, the best thing we can all do is dig deeper into as many vantage points and philosophies other than our own. So, if you buy into the Jaeger approach as many do, this is a great way to get the information straight from Alan himself. And, if you don’t know much about Alan Jaeger and his work, this is the perfect way to get acquainted!
Note: I have not yet listened to Part II of Arm Care and Development, but I am stoked to check it out, as it features a roundtable discussion between the host, Jeremy Sheeting, Nate Yeskie (Pitching Coach, Oregon State University), Scott Brown (Associate Head Coach, Vanderbilt University), and Butch Thompson (Head Coach, Auburn University). It is sure to be a wealth of top-tier pitching information.