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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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Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown: Patrick Corbin

 

Dave Shinskie, the Lead Pitching Instructor at Baseball Rebellion, breaks down Arizona Diamondbacks ace pitcher Patrick Corbin. Dave takes us through the pitching mechanics and pitch selection that has helped Corbin start the year 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. As Dave points out, Corbin’s lethal off-speed breaking pitches have lead to 20 highlight-worthy strikeouts, tops in the MLB so far!… 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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Don’t PUSH it Pitchers! DRIVE to Thrive!

Pushing Off The Rubber: Why Is It Bad?

In this article, I will discuss how to use the lower half more efficiently in the pitching delivery. When evaluating a pitcher for the first time I ask a series of simple questions. One of those questions is, “have you ever heard any coaches or instructors use cue words when working with you?” There are many responses from kids and parents when I bring this question up, but one of the most common responses from my young pitchers is that the coach is telling them to “push off the rubber” to generate lower half power.continue reading

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FREE DRILL GIVEAWAY! Arm Swing Separation Drill With Band Resistance

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This past week I tweeted a quick drill without going too far in depth into why we do the drill and what it is for. I use this drill for pitchers and position players of all ages every day in my lessons.… continue reading

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Does Your Youth Pitcher Keep Missing the Strike Zone with Their Fastball? Slider Spin May Be Why!

Identifying Slider Spin

Does your son or daughter have slider spin when throwing a fastball? A common problem in youth baseball is not informing kids that slider spin on a fastball is not ideal for throw/pitch efficiency.  How can you identify if your son or daughter has slider spin on the ball in their throws?… continue reading

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The MEW Drill to Help a Thrower’s Arm Path

A clean and consistent “Arm-Swing” is crucial to the health and longevity of any thrower.  Through hours of video analysis, studying various drills, and looking at various patterns the best pitchers of all time we have determined the most efficient arm swing happens when the throwing hand falls out of the glove staying relaxed into the arm swing.continue reading

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A Basic Warm-Up Routine for a Youth Pitcher

When a client (usually a pitcher between the ages of 8-18) comes in for a first-time evaluation at Baseball Rebellion I have them warm up in their normal way they would on any given day.  What I have observed has been both informative and concerning.… continue reading

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The Cause of Andrew Miller’s Knee Trouble

 

 

We don’t usually talk about lower half injuries in baseball pitchers. It is more like shoulder, elbow, lat, and an occasional blister on a finger. In this article, we look at what happened to Tim Lincecum and why Andrew Miller is having knee problems. … continue reading

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It’s all in the Hips! The BEST Hip Activation Drill for Throwers

This is a drill that helps activate the hips and create awareness of how to use your lower half into a throw.  Some kids have trouble with the movement shown in this video. Simply learning how to properly rotate your hips into a throw will help promote natural velocity gains.… continue reading