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Baseball Rebellion Podcast – Episode 33, Bob Nightengale from USA Today

Baseball Rebellion Podcast

This week, the guys of Baseball Rebellion discuss Robinson Cano’s career and his recent suspension due to PED use.  We welcome on Bob Nightengale, baseball writer for USA Today.  Thanks for listening!

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How the Top MLB Pitchers are Winning in the Launch Angle Era

The game of baseball has changed in the last 3-4 years in both hitting and pitching due to recent advances in technology.  We aren’t in the “Dead Ball Era” or the “Live Ball Era” or the “Steroid Era”, we are in the StatCast Era.  Launch angle, exit velocity, spin rate and basically any other variable you can think of, have been researched, measured, and studied the past few years.… continue reading

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5 Small Adjustments to Turn Your Season Around

It’s early in the season in Major League Baseball and even earlier in the minors.  Some guys have as many as 50 at-bats, others far less.  50 at-bats in high school in North Carolina, is about half your season though!  So what are some things you can do if you’re starting off the season a little behind where you want to be?… continue reading

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Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown – Bartolo Colon



After his almost perfect game on April 15, 2018, Dave Shinskie investigates what makes Bartolo Colon so effective in the MLB even at 44 years old. The answer lays hidden in his solid mechanics and ability to locate pitches.… continue reading

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The Expertise Assumption: Where Private Coaches Fail their Most Talented Clients

When an 8 year old walks into Baseball Rebellion for a hitting or throwing evaluation, the process is simple and the same every single time.  First, we let the player warm themselves up how they ‘normally do’, then they are evaluated in their skill.… continue reading

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The Stages of Learning with the Pitching Rebellion

Having graduated with a Human Development degree from Boston College,  I sometimes try to find better ways I  can get across to my players when teaching movement patterns. I recently thought about how I can incorporate The Stages of Learning in my instruction to shed light on the process it takes in learning a new task or skill.… continue reading

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Launch Angle: The Most Misunderstood Term in Hitting

Launch Angle is a huge topic in all of baseball and softball right now.  Many coaches, parents, and players are scared of the term “launch angle”, as they think or assume that people that talk about launch angle want you to practice popping up and flying out.  Why would a coach want that?!?  We in the ‘top of the cage’ camp do not want you to practice hitting weak and easy to catch hits.  We are trying, and in most cases succeeding, in allowing players to reach their power potential and drive the ball farther, which can in many cases leads to more powerful hits, more doubles, and more home runs.… continue reading

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Placebo Effect, Positive Framing, and The Ability to Effectively Impact Your Players

Is Placebo Effect Real?

At some point, most of us have experienced or at least heard of the Placebo Effect. For those of you who haven’t, the placebo effect is when a positive response is seen after receiving an inactive intervention.… continue reading

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Rebellion Recruiting – How to Find the Right Fit For You?

The season has started, college recruiting visits are being set up, and offers will be coming. You will hear from coaches, parents, and teachers: “You have to find the school that is the right fit for you.”

In this article, Eric Tyler, former collegiate baseball assistant coach, and I will be breaking down what exactly the “right fit” means when selecting the school you want to go to.continue reading