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”.

On this week's show Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss Trevor Bauer's trade from the Arizona Dimaondbacks to the Cleveland Indians.  As is often the case, Coach is going to bring a unique perspective to the trade.

In the Classroom segment, the topic is mechanical disconnection and how through simply processes and deliberate practice, any pitcher can improve fastball command AND mechanical efficiency at the same time.

Direct download: week1250-Trevor_Bauer_Trade.mp3
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It's that time of year again, the first of December, when hundreds of coaches make their yearly pilgrimage of sorts to Montgomery, TX and the Texas Baseball Ranch for the annual Ultimate Pitching Coaches Bootcamp.  On this week's show Coach Wolforth and Jill will talk about having hosted this amazing event for the past 12 years and how they've seen it grow from a small, intimate gathering of less than 30 coaches to a powerful 3-Day conference attended by pitching coaches from EVERY level of baseball.  They will give a brief history of the event including several of the presenters, who, at this conference, truly changed the way pitching is viewed and trained.  They'll also briefly discuss this year's event, the presenters and their topics.  It's not only powerful stuff but a lot of fun.

In the classroom segement this week, the topic is "The 80-20 Rule" and what that might mean in training your pitchers or entire team.

Direct download: week1249_-_Pilgrimage_to_Houston.mp3
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On this week's show, Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss this season's Major League Baseball year end awards and how they have changed over the last 10 years.

Then in the classroom segment, they cover the subject of "Mindset" and specifically the critical importance of "clarity and persistance" in your life and in your athletic development.

Direct download: week1247-MLB_Year_End_Awards.mp3
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On this week's show, Coach Wolforth & Jill cover two topics, the 2012 World Series and their recent trip to southern California where they held a coaches clinic and player's clinic in Santa Clarita with Jim Wagner's ThrowZone.  They'll share with you their interactions with three special people while at the clinic.  You won't want to miss this.

In the classroom segment, they discuss the critical importance of the virtue "Humility" and the role it plays in creating excellence and quality of life.

Direct download: week1245-California_Baseball.mp3
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The Cardinal magic finally wore off and it's the Tigers and Giants in the 2012 World Series.  This week Coach Wolforth & Jill are going to discuss the playoffs and preview the World Series.  Don't look now but A-Rod is back in the news.  They'll discuss why along with other trades and transactions occuring over the next several weeks.

In the classroom segment, Coach & Jill will be talking about "Perseverence". They will also recommend two YouTube videos related to this topic.  These are must see for everyone.

Direct download: week1243-World_Series_Time.mp3
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On this week's show Coach Wolforth & Jill discuss the recent history making feats of their good friend Raul Ibanex, Miguel Cabrera's special accomplishment as well as several interestig tidbits surrounding this year's playoffs including the improbable rebound of the San Francisco Giants, the incredible run of the Oakland A's, the fiesty Cardinals and the long off-season for the Washington Nationals.

Then in their classroom segment, Coach & Jill will talk about command/accuracy for pitchers.  Coach Wolforth's take may even surprise many listeners who have followed him for awhile.

Direct download: week1241-Playoff_Excitement.mp3
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On this week's show, as the regular season come to a close, Coach Wolforth and Jill are going to discuss the status of Trevor Bauer and Dylan Bundy.  Are they going to join their respective team's Major League roster or are they finished for the year?  They'll give you their status.

In the classroom Coach and Jill are going to talk strength as it relates to baseball pitchers.  Coach Wolforth refers to it as "Building a Bigger Motor.

Direct download: week1238-Getting_the_Call_or_Not.mp3
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On this week's show Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss the little league mother who took time off to see her son play in the Little League World Series and as a result was fired from her job.  Coach Wolforth has some strong feelings about this and about the Little League World Series itself that just might surprise you. 

In the classroom segment Coach & Jill talk about "Recovery".  Recovery is a multifaceted equation and they'll discuss its many  components as well as the critical role it plays in creating consitencey for the baseball athlete.

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On this week's show Coach & Jill discuss the questions, "Are we living in the end of times?" and "Did we see signs of the apocalypse this week?"  Yes, they are referring to baseball as this week we saw 50 year-old Roger Clemens make his debut, of sorts, with the Sugar Land Skeeters, pitching 3 1/3 scorless innings AND at the very same time the Washington Nationals are shutting down their 24 year-old ace Stephen Strausburg.  No question about it, you can't make this stuff up, we are definitley living in some strange times.  Coach & Jill are going to comment on the Rocket's return as well as give an update on Strasburg's pending shutdown. 

In the classroom segment they will discuss Ranch Difference #3.  It is "Why We Reject the Genetic Freak Theory of Performance."

Direct download: week1234-Roger_Clemens_Return.mp3
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On this week's show, Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss the Stephen Strasburg situation and the debate on the Washington Nationals shutting him down for the season.  The Nationals currently have the best record in the National League and a very good argument could be made that Strasburg is their ace.  So, it will be interesting watching how things play out.  Don't miss Coach Wolforth's interesting take on their dilema.

The classroom segment elaborates on what Coach Wolforth calls "Ranch Difference #2", which is that they reject the concept of cooking cutting or cloning athletes with a one size fits all approach to development.  Be entertained this week as they tie this discussion to a recent fishing trip.

Direct download: week1232-Shutting_Down_Stephen_Strasburg.mp3
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After being away from the microphone for a couple of weeks Coach Wolforth and Jill are back and excited about this week's show featuring a discussion on Trevor Bauer's Major League Debut.  Coach Wolforth was in Atlanta for the game and shares his thoughts on the experience.  They also take a look at Trevor's 2nd start and discuss some of the criticisms coming from some so called online experts and "Wild Thing" Mitch Williams. 

In the classroom segment they revisit the topic "Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable" and look at how embracing this concept can significantly impact your success whatever your field of endeavor.

Direct download: week1228-Trevor_Bauers_Major_League_Debut.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss their trip to Perfect Game in Atlanta as well as their trip to Omaha Westside and the College World Series.

In the classroom segment, they talk about "imprinting".  They discuss it's critical importance in training and give several examples for its application.

Direct download: week1225-The_Power_of_Imprinting.mp3
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On this week's show, Coach Wolforth and Jill talk about the entity that is professional sports.  It's a real meat grinder and they give you several examples that you might not be aware of.

The classroom segement is on the vital importance of self-image and self-definition.  This week's discussion will be on how the world is constantly trying to define you and how many succumb to that pressure.

Direct download: week1222-Not_Your_Grandfathers_Professional_Sports.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss a variety of topics including Mariano Rivera's injury, a mom suing her son's basketball team for cutting him and the future of bake sales in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  All these topics seem unrelated but there is an underlying message they all share and Coach & Jill talk about the dangers of that message.

The classroom segment features James Allen's classic book As a Man Thinketh. Listen as they share it's powerful message and how its teachings apply to all of us.

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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill discuss the good and bad happenings with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  They also take a look at college baseball attendance numbers and the newest trend being seen there.  You may or may not be surprised.

In the classroom segment they cover "The Double Standard".  It may not be what you think.  Find out if you've actually got it.

Direct download: week1219-Feast_or_Famine_for_Angels.mp3
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There will be no show this week due to The Wolforth's travel schedule.  Please join them again next week.  Don't forget you can go back through the archives and listen or relisten to one of those shows.  The most popular show over the past several weeks has been the one titled "10 Year Baseball Ranch Student Shares Insights".

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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill discuss the surprises in the first few weeks of the regular season, both teams and players.  Some of these have been talked about on many sports shows but others may surprise you.

The Classroom segment is titled "True Grit" and no they won't be discussing the classic movie by John Wayne or the newer version by Jeff Bridges.  They will be talking 'True Grit' as defined by researchers studying West Point cadets and several other Special Forces.

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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill talk about the beginning of the MLB season. As they say, even for Cubs' fans, "Hope Springs Eternal".  The Wolforth's also got the MLB channel a month ago and as you can imagine, it dominates their viewing.  Recently the MLB channel did a show about the Top 100 players in the Major Leagues for 2012 and Coach & Jill are going to share some thoughts on that.

The Classroom Segment is titled "What to do when you struggle".  It's one of the most common topics this time of year now that everyone is playing. 

Direct download: week1215-MLBs_2012_Top_100_Players.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill are going to discuss their trip to Spring Training including both the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues where they were able to catch up with most of their clients.  Coach will also share hilights from his 3 hour conversation with Paul DePodesta, V.P. of Player Development with the New York Mets.  Many Let's Talk Baseball listeners will recognize that name from the movie Moneyball as Paul was Billy Bean's right hand man with the A's. 

In the classroom segment, Coach & Jill will be talking about two different types of mindsets in development, the Training Mindset and the Trusting Mindset and why each is critical to any baseball or softball player's success.

Direct download: week1214-Spring_Training_Summary.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth & Jill discuss the role media plays in sports and in our lives.  They look at 6 instances from the past week, 3 inside of baseball and 3 outside of baseball, where the media took a person's comments and created a story out of them.  The message is clear, words mean things and in today's 24/7 cable culture the media is more powerful than ever.

In the classroom segment Coach & Jill are going to discuss the new movie Act of Valor and the many lessons that can be taken from it.

Direct download: week1211-24_Hour_Media_and_Its_Impact_on_Sports.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill have a special treat for "Let's Talk Baseball" listeners.  Coach Wolforh's professional players are all off to Spring Training.  The last one to leave was St. Louis Cardinal's pitcher Cody Springer.  The day before his trip to Florida Cody sat down with Coach & Jill to do an interview for Coach's Pitching Central Inner Circle. 

The content of the interview was so informative that Coach and Jill have decided to share it with everyone.  Have your notepads ready as Cody, who has been a student with Coach Wolforth for over 10 years, hilights the process that has gotten him to professional baseball and what he continues to do on a regular basis.

Direct download: week1210-St._Louis_Cardinals_Pitcher_Cody_Springer.mp3
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On this week's show Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss the reversal of Ryan Braun's 50 game suspension and what it means to the texture of the game itself.  Also, this is the week the last of their Minor League players head out for Spring Training.  They want to give them a ranch send off and let the Let's Talk Baseball audience know who to follow and keep in their prayers.

In the Classroom Segment, they have the final lesson in their series "Lessons to Exceptional Performance".  This week's subject "Doing Extraordinary Things is Simply Doing Ordinary Things Extraordinaryly Well."

Direct download: week1209-Braun_Suspension_Overturned.mp3
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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss the pros and cons of early specialization for youth athletes.  There are varying opinions on the subject and they share theirs.

In the Classroom Segment they continue their series on Lessons to Exceptional Performance.  This week's subject "How to deal publicly with criticism levied at you by your critics".

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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill discuss the recent revelations from former Red Sox pitcher 'Oil Can' Boyd as well as the news regarding Josh Hamilton's relapse.  They will take a look at the lessons your plyaers can learn from these stories.

In the classroom segment, Coach and Jill continue their series on Lessons to Exceptional Performance.  This week's discussion "Knowledge is NOT power.  Knowledge is only potential power.  Only Applied knowledge is Power".

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This week Coach Wolforth and Jill talk about the work of C.J. Wilson & Scott Kazmir at the Ranch along with the training of Coach's Minor League guys leading up to Spring Training.

In the classroom segment, they continue their series on Lessons to Exceptional PerformanceThis week's lesson, Lesson#2, is titled "Focusing on Merit, Not Credit".

Direct download: week1206-C.J._Wilson_Visits_the_Ranch.mp3
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Wow, so much has happened as 2012 begins.  This week Coach Wolforth & Jill will catch you up on the amazing and exciting things that have been occuring at the Ranch.  Get ready, it's been a whirlwind.

In the classroom segment, Coach Wolforth is going to begin a series he calls Lessons to Exceptional Performance and Lesson #1 featured this week is called "Creating Value and Not Just Profit."

Direct download: week1204-2012_Here_We_Come.mp3
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