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Episode 12, September 8th - 2017 Season


  • the purpose of the knee lift
  • rear hip pre-stretching
  • when to begin the motion forward
  • the front knee during acceleration: the two styles are discussed


In part three of the Fall Ball Reboot, baseball pitching motion troubleshooter Angel Borrelli and Joe Janish answer listeners' burning questions that arose as a result of parts one and two. The episode begins with Angel answering a question posed by several fathers -- what to do if their sons are being forced to do long-distance running?

Next, Angel addresses a coach's question about whether the pitcher should be moving forward as his knee is being raised. Angel explains the purpose of the knee lift and how it relates to the front leg action at acceleration. Once you hear the science behind it, you'll learn how and why it's possible that Aroldis Chapman could add even MORE velocity to his fastball.

Finally, Joe throws Angel a curveball by asking a question of his own.

Episode 11, August 25th - 2017 Season

Part Two: “Fall Ball Reboot: Using Science to Update Your Fall Baseball Program”

In this segment, the emphasis is on ‘Putting the Pitcher back into the Pitch”. It’s easy to fall into repeat patterns at the beginning of the season as well as the easy and usual “cookie-cutter approach” with your pitching staff. Nothing is better than starting out with an individual one-on-one with each pitcher to tune-in and tap-in to his condition, his performances, etc.. With samples of questions for you to ask, and some special considerations to think about, this episode will help you revitalize the way you look at your pitchers.


Episode 10, August 16th - 2017 Season

A Special Episode for Coaches: Part One

"Fall Ball Reboot: Using Science to Update Your Fall Baseball Program"
In this episode, Angel suggests some"out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new" ideas to help bring your Fall Ball Program up to speed with some simple renovations.

  • Running
  • Long Distance Throwing Issues
  • Exotic" Programs and Recovery
  • Pitching Day No-No's
  • Strength & Conditioning Issues


Episode 9, July 31st - 2017 Season

What to Look for in Pitchers After Injury Plus a Follow-through Tip that Adds Velocity

  • Wheeler, Kershaw, and Strasburg
  • How to prevent re-injury.The rear leg and follow-through

After pitchers return from injury, what can be done to prevent the same ailment from reoccurring? With Zack Wheeler, Clayton Kershaw, and Stephen Strasburg as examples, Angel explains the process of finding the root cause of an injury and making adjustments to prevent re-injury -- and why it's not fair to put the full onus of that task on a pitching coach. Plus, Angel talks about a follow-through habit that is good for pre-teens but robs velocity as pitchers mature -- and an easy tip on how to get those MPH back.


Episode 8, July 14th - 2017 Season

This week:

  • The stride: how it starts.
  • Biceps soreness and tendinitis
  • High School pitch count restrictions: some help for coaches
  • Why the placement of the thumb is so important for the pitch-grip

How exactly does the pitcher's stride begin? Which leg is more important? How does that initial movement affect the rest of a pitcher's delivery? Baseball pitching motion troubleshooter Angel Borrelli explains the pitcher's downhill movement, dispelling myths and inaccuracies that have been shared around the internet.

Also, using Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler as an example, Angel talks about bicep soreness and biceps tendinitis, including the risks and possible injuries involved. You may be surprised to learn that a sore bicep is just as concerning as soreness in the forearm, elbow, or shoulder - listen for the reason.

Are you a coach struggling with the new pitch count and recovery restrictions? Then this is the episode for you. Angel and Joe go into detail on why the recovery rules are important, and how you can use them to your advantage.

Finally, in the "Getting It Done" segment, Angel shares a tip involving the thumb's role in a pitch grip, including how and why placement of the thumb on the baseball can affect ball movement on various pitches.


Episode 7, June 28th - 2017 Season

Using Matt Harvey’s most recent scapula injury, the shoulder joint and shoulder girdle as they apply to pitching is explained.

The arm angles of pitching: the problem with the ball-too-close-to-the-ear…a current trend in velocity-production programs.

Matt Harvey has been plagued with so many injuries. In this episode I talk about his most recent stress fracture of the shoulder blade and the role the shoulder girdle plays in pitching.

The arm angles in pitching need to be precise in order to avoid injury and pitch optimally. Unfortunately, with no malice intended, the latest trend is a “ball-close-to-the ear” style which encourages leading with the elbow, both of which are problematic and inefficient and incorrect movements. Arm mechanics and these two issues are discussed in this episode.