This is Why College Coaches Love the “Smart” Players

Ballplayers today are just better.  Not only in their skills, with more dominate pitchers, more powerful hitters and faster runners, but also in their knowledge of the game, training techniques and overall health.  When you're a “smart” ballplayer you help your team in many different ways.

College coaches love smart players because they are able to give them academic scholarships, saving more of the athletic money for other players who don’t qualify for such money.

63 years young and working on HER dream of becoming a baseball player!

It’s really difficult to quit and move on from doing something you love.  This is especially true for athletes.  Most athletes retire in their late 30’s or early 40’s.  Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.  For instance, the oldest participant in the 2016 Olympics is 52 years old.  It’s easy to see he doesn’t see age as anything more than a number.

Take for example Maria Cognetti, she is 63 years young and comes to BLT every Saturday morning because as she likes to put it, “one day I’d like to be a baseball player.”

Strong at 60

As many of you may have heard, and some may not, 4 weeks ago my dad ("Coach Bob") took a bad fall resulting in 4 broken ribs & a puncturedlung.  Since that time, he has been in & out of the hospital twice.  After 5 days in ICU, his lung completely re-inflated & we thought we were "out of the woods."  Unfortunately, after being home about 1 week, my dad began running a temperature of 103 degrees & was having a very difficult time breathing

How do you or your player "stack up?"

Recently, the MLB wrapped up their draft.  If you were following the draft, you probably heard commentary on "body type," "projected to play at position x," or heard talk about different physical abilities that make the player "suited" for a given position.

In the 4th and final part of my presentation to the analytics class at Northwestern, I discussed what physical stature,

Essence of a Ballplayer Part 3

With Memorial Day coming this weekend, so comes a slew of tournaments our players will be participating in.
I love a baseball tournament just as much as anyone, but there is 1 major draw back to them if your team is not adequately staffed with pitchers.

I'm a big proponent of recovery time for pitchers & the proper spacing of volume of pitches.  For instance,


Opening Day is so exciting whether it’s in the Big Leagues or Little Leagues. Some say, especially us here at BLT, it’s the best time of the year. 

You know what we tell our students at BLT?  “Each team has equal records!” It really doesn’t matter anymore about who beat who last season, the only thing that matters is how each player performs from April 4, 2016 till the last game of 2016! And as the expression goes, “hope springs eternal.”  

Although opening day is the beginning of the season,

40 years ago today, I played with Big Leaguers and met some of the Greats!

In June 1975 I was drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. All the years of practice and hard work had paid off. I reached one of my goals, to be a part of a Major League Organization.

I could not help but think of the help I received by watching and studying my favorite player of the era, Tom Seaver, the great pitcher of the New York Mets. Seaver always talked about the importance of training and attention to perfecting his pitching mechanics. I listened and tried to do the same. Working diligently at my skills I was able to start to pitch like the pros.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of my first spring training with the Pirates in Bradenton Florida.

On the mend…to the MOUND!

What a month!  February is the month of love and BLT has had a lot of love!! Our Future Prospects Program has doubled from Phase 1 to Phase 3.  We could not be more proud of these boys for their hard work during the off season. And thank you to all the parents for believing in us enough to coach your young players! The program is building players from a very basic fundamental level to a more advanced level where the players are thinking more and taking more advanced baseball actions.  But most importantly, the players are having a blast and at the end of the day that's what it's all about.