My brother Matthew and I share one of the strongest bonds between siblings that I have ever seen. If you know us at all, you would immediately say that our shared love of baseball is a very strong contributing factor. We have continually been searching for the most up-to-date resources that enable us to grow as baseball players – a journey that has allowed for our bond to grow as well. Thousands of hours have been spent together, whether we were training in the weight room, playing on the field, or hanging out in our basement.
Out-of-season training is another factor that has helped us grow closer over the years. In fact, Matthew and I are a little too familiar with out-of-season training. Between the two of us, we have had a total of 3 (potentially four) redshirt seasons and eight surgeries. Our trainings have typically occurred during the summer, when we were either recovering from an old injury or preparing for an upcoming season that would ultimately result in a new one. At this point, you may be thinking, “Why the hell are these guys choosing to write about baseball development if they can never stay healthy?” The countless surgeries, rehabs, and hours spent searching for solutions have all led us to better understand ourselves and be better in our sport. Matthew, who is completely healthy for the first time in a few years, is preparing for his senior year at Babson College. I am heading into my second season (first full) of Professional Baseball with the Frontier League’s Normal Cornbelters.
Injured or healthy, we have always been students of the game – conducting our own research to learn as much as we can about baseball. While I pushed to learn more about pitching and training, Matthew focused his direction on hitting, training, and sabermetrics. This new knowledge has guided Matthew to pursue a career in baseball operations.
Every day during the 2017 Winter Meetings, Matthew called me regarding his mission to land an internship with an MLB club. He shared his excitement from successful conversations, interviews, and interactions with high level front office personnel. These phone calls presented a clear theme of needing to develop a portfolio that would showcase Matthew’s research in baseball analytics, operations, and development. The next phone call from him came with an idea. Matthew wanted to start a baseball blog/media platform to share what he learns as he finds his niche in the baseball industry. Matthew asked me to join him on this journey and help focus on the pitching aspect. The more we discussed the idea, the more we realized that this could be more than just sharing our knowledge. Whether it’s in regards to developing themselves as a player, viewing Major League Baseball through a more analytical lens, or hearing the untold stories of those throughout the baseball community, this could be a place for baseball players to learn about every facet of the game.
Matthew and I hope to use this platform as a place to foster creative thinking and research about baseball. Our goal is to provide fans, players and coaches alike with a place to learn about all the aspects of baseball. We hope that this comprehensive knowledge will spark conversations that lead to a better development of their knowledge and a stronger passion for the game. Thank you for taking the time to read our story and check out our site.