Let's Talk Baseball
Every week, husband and wife team Ron & Jill Wolforth (www.TexasBaseballRanch.com) talk, debate and argue with each other and the experts about America’s Favorite Pastime. It’s all about baseball – Big Leagues, Youth, on the field and behind the scenes. Is the coach of your kid’s baseball team driving them too hard? Or is Dale Sveum not driving those Cubs hard enough? Hear advice on good nutrition – and about the latest “non-steroid steroid” in circulation. Catch it all here with the Wolforths, America’s “First Family of Baseball”.

This week Coach Wolforth and Jill take a quick look back at 2010, which was called the year of the pitcher.  Coach will share why he believes pitchers dominated and what he thinks we'll see in 2011.

Garrett changes things up a bit bringing you baseball lingo from 1902 and in the classroom segment Coach & Jill will discuss why they believe the the term "overuse" is well, quite frankly overused.

Direct download: week1053_-_Overuse_is_Overused.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill highlight the signing of Cliff Lee and the trade of Zack Greinke and discuss what makes each of these special.  They also pay tribute to the life and career of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Fellar who recently passed away and they take a look at the all time great pitching staffs discussing if the 2011 Phillies are to be included in that list.

The classroom segment is called "Stuck on Stupid" and covers the topic of long distance running for pitchers.

Direct download: week1052-Early_Christmas_in_Philly.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill share some highlights from their just completed Ultimate Pitching Coaches Bootcamp.  They also have a special segment on pitch counts following the recent mandate in the state of New York regarding this subject.

The classroom segment focuses on "humility" for both players and coaches.

Direct download: week1051_-_Pitch_Count_Mandate.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill take a look at the 2010 post-season honors and test your memory of 2009.  They also discuss recent signings and share their thoughts on some players still in limbo. 

They've got an eye opening classroom segment for you called "Working With Dinks".  It is sure to spark some discussion and controversy.

Direct download: week1050-Working_With_Dinks.mp3
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Due to Coach Wolforth and Jill's travel schedule there will be no podcast for the week of November 29th.  Please come back next week for the December 6th episode.

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This Thanksgiving holiday week Coach Wolforth and Jill bring you a special replay from their most popular classroom segment of 2010, Banning the Curveball.   They raise some very interesting questions and put a perspective on it that will really make you think.

Direct download: week1048_-_Banning_The_Curveball.mp3
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Now that the World Series is over, baseball turns to talk on free agency.  This week Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss this year's top 10 baseball free agents as well as nine pitchers of particular interest, including three you want, three you want to stay away from and three that are intriguing possibilities.  They also have baseball news surrounding the new manager for the Pittsburg Pirates, grumblings by Minnesota Twins players regarding Target Field, and historic baseball artifacts recently sold at auction including Kirk Gibson's bat from his homerun in the 1988 World Series.

The classroom segment focuses on the new Pitchers Target Pad that Coach Wolforth helped design.  Coach will share why be believes it to be such an incredible training tool and how you can take a look at it and get one for yourself or your organization.

Direct download: week1047_-_Free_Agents..._Whos_Hot_Whos_Not.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill wrap up the 2010 World Series including final thoughts on the championship as well as stories on a long time Ranger's fan, the Hank Aaron award winners and the Giants' post victory celebration.  With the close of the 2010 baseball season, 2011 rumors have started and you'll hear one surrounding the Bronx Bombers and Derek Jeter. 

The classroom segment focuses on fuel, food, hydration, rest and recovery.  There's something for everyone in this segment.

Direct download: week1046-Giants_Victorious.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill take a look at the Rangers and Giants World Series matchup.  They also have a little fun bringing listeners some unusual facts and stories surrounding these two ballclubs.  Samantha Parrish joins them to update everyone on the Baseball Ranch and Pitching Central events calendar for the winter. 

The classroom topic is "homeostasis".  Find out what it is, how it affects athletes (and non athletes) and what you can do to combat it.

Direct download: week1045-Rangers_vs_Giants.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill review some of the various playoff pitching performances, good and bad, as we head into the World Series.  Coach Marty Rubinoff, resident hitting expert, joins them to discuss what people should be noticing from the offenses in the post season.  The classroom segment fouces on some unique pitching strategies that have occured so far during the playoffs and how they can be applied at the youth and high school level.

 

Direct download: week1044-World_Series_Bound.mp3
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Coach and Jill continue discussion on some very interesting playoff matchups. They have a neat story on the Rangers and Josh Hamilton along with a Bryce Harper update and statistical oddities for each of the 30 MLB teams. The classroom is on asking better questions to get better answers.

Direct download: week1043_Another_Round_Please.mp3
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Coach & Jill discuss Roy Halladay’s historic playoff opener as well as other playoff pitching performances. Coach is back with a rant on Lebron James. The classroom discussion is on words; words that coaches use and how they are frequently misunderstood and misapplied.

Direct download: week1042_-_Halladays_Day.mp3
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This week Coach & Jill take you through 9 unresolved issues that will affect the playoffs. Samantha joins them to update you on the remaining 2010 calendar and in the classroom segment they provide an in depth lesson on how to analyze & learn from the playoffs rather than simply being a fan.

Direct download: week1041_-_Dont_Just_Be_a_Fan.mp3
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This week Coach & Jill have a neat story on several players whose perseverance has finally paid off. They also share two recent teachable moments from the baseball ranch tied to excuse making. And don’t miss the classroom segment as Coach Wolforth believes it’s the most important one yet.

Direct download: week1040_Pay_Attention.mp3
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Coach & Jill discuss more record breakers in baseball including Trevor Hoffman and his unique path to success. They also have a story on the unglamorous side of baseball along with Henry Aaron’s comments on steroids. And the classroom segment warns of the poison in your coffee.

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