Sam Landess – Player Development Intern

Throughout my life, baseball has played a major role. I think that my love of the game first started when I was at one of my brother’s little league games. My brother was a catcher, and at that age, I always wanted to be like him. I would tag along with him to his hitting lessons and catching lessons. Eventually, I was told that I had to stop catching because I was a lefty. From that point on, I was a pitcher, and I liked it just as much because I wanted to be in control of the game. My freshman year of high school was a whirlwind of a season for me. After making the JV team, it was only a week until they called me up to varsity. That season was just like any other season: full of ups and downs. We made it to the state semifinals, but unfortunately lost to Mountain View. I could not shake that feeling in my stomach that I somehow could have done more to help the team, so I trained harder than I ever had before. Everything was going great, and I was three weeks away from my sophomore season when I felt a pop in my elbow. Two weeks later I was receiving ulnar nerve transposition surgery, and I was forced to sit out my sophomore season. Thankfully I was able to come back and pitch my junior season. Coming out of the bullpen, I threw eighteen innings, striking out roughly two per inning, and I received third team all region.

After my senior year at Godwin, I am going to attend James Madison University and pursue a degree in kinesiology, while also continuing my baseball career with them. I chose JMU because I fell in love with the campus the first time I stepped on it, and because of the coaching staff they have there.

I chose to help out with Students of the Game because I wanted to spread my knowledge of the game. Since I am the one of the youngest with Students of the Game, I believe that I will be able to reach out to even younger fans of baseball. I have also been following Students of the Game since it was first started; so I have watched the company grow into what it is today, and I wanted to be a part of the this new generation of baseball analytics.

While helping out with Students of the Game, I am hoping to be able to show my knowledge of baseball, specifically in season and offseason workouts that I believe can help athletes achieve their full potential for the upcoming baseball season.

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