56 episodes

Share in the development of a 15 year old baseball player and athlete as he interviews current & former professionals around the game of baseball. From MLB, Milb to leading coaches & thinkers in the game. The goal of the show is to help give you “bite size” episodes to improve your skills & knowledge of the game of baseball.

Play Ball Kid Baseball Podcast Sammy & Bryan Eisenberg

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    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

Share in the development of a 15 year old baseball player and athlete as he interviews current & former professionals around the game of baseball. From MLB, Milb to leading coaches & thinkers in the game. The goal of the show is to help give you “bite size” episodes to improve your skills & knowledge of the game of baseball.

    Working Harder Than Everyone Else to the Ring the Bell with Heath Bell

    Working Harder Than Everyone Else to the Ring the Bell with Heath Bell

    Slide into our 3x All-Star, former Reliever of the Year and baseball dad, coach Heath Bell

    Heath Bell grew up in Southern California. He attended Tustin High School, it was there that he developed habits that would last a lifetime. 

    Undrafted out of high school, Bell attended nearby Santa Ana College (known briefly as Rancho Santiago College during his time there. Bell went 8-0 with a 2.17 ERA and nine saves for the Dons as a freshman en route to being named the Orange Empire Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year in 1997.7 He added 12 saves as a sophomore. Although those two seasons would eventually lead to his 2010 induction into the Santa Ana College Hall of Fame, his junior-college success guaranteed nothing in terms of a professional career. 

    Again defying his doubters, Bell was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 69th round of the 1997 draft. The 1,583rd of 1,607 players taken that year, he did not sign, later recalling that when the Devil Rays made an offer, “I actually forgot I got drafted.” Instead he signed with the New York Mets as a free agent the following summer, starting his career at Kingsport of the Appalachian League, where he posted a 2.54 ERA and led his team with eight saves. 

    Meanwhile, Bell’s life changed in other ways. He married his wife, Nicole, and adopted her young daughter, Jasmyne. Heath and Nicole had three children of their own: Jordyn, born with Down syndrome (“our blessing in disguise”10), Reece, and Rhett. Back on the field, Bell responded with a stellar return to Binghamton, notching a 1.18 ERA and six saves before a midseason promotion to Triple-A Norfolk. He enjoyed less success at the higher level and again posted pedestrian numbers in a 2003 encore but now found himself just one step away from the big leagues. From 2004 to 2006, Bell rode the proverbial shuttle between New York and Norfolk, often needed for stretches but never quite able to stick. And while his Triple-A performances dazzled, his stints with the Mets — with irregular roles and usage — didn’t go so well. In 81 appearances with the Mets, he posted a 4.92 ERA and zero saves. By the end of his tenure in New York he was already 28 years old, an age when most players have either established themselves or started preparing for their next career. As Bell later noted, even his family was ready for him to move on. 

    Bell received a new lease on life when the Mets traded him and fellow reliever Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres for reliever Jon Adkins and outfielder Ben Johnson. Returning to the West Coast, Bell immediately thrived as Trevor Hoffman’s set-up man in 2007, posting a 2.02 ERA in 81 appearances and fanning 102 batters.Bell also became a legend in the Padres clubhouse, known as much for his zany antics (he was fond of flying remote-control helicopters in the clubhouse) as for his prowess on the mound. Bell took over the closer role after Hall of Fame closer Trevor Hoffman left the club, leading the National League with 42 saves and being named to the All-Star team. Perhaps not coincidentally, he’d lost 30 pounds before the season. 

    Bell cleared the 40-save mark again in 2010 and 2011, making the All-Star team each time. At the 2010 midsummer classic, in Anaheim, Bell brought his father — then fighting lung cancer — to sit with him during media appearances and share the experience. It was the least he could for someone who had always made time for him: “He says he’s a proud father. I’m a proud son.”15In his third and final All-Star Game appearance, Bell sprinted in from the bullpen as usual before sliding into the pitcher’s mound and retiring the only batter he faced. When asked about the slide, Bell said, “I wanted the fans to have fun with this. The fans are really what matters. They’re the ones that show up. They’re the ones who pay our salary."






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    The ABCs of an MLB Bullpen Coach with Chris Young, Chicago Cubs

    The ABCs of an MLB Bullpen Coach with Chris Young, Chicago Cubs

    Chris "CY" Young serves as bullpen coach for the Chicago Cubs. He formerly served as pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Young attended Mississippi State University, and played college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He earned Freshman All-America honors.[2] In 2001 he was 5–1 with a 2.81 ERA. In 2002, he had a 5–2 win–loss record with a 3.67 earned run average (ERA), and was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 20.[3] Young earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Mississippi State University. 

    The Colorado Rockies selected Young in the 18th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft,[4] and he played in Minor League Baseball for six seasons, pitching in as high as Class AAA.[5] He was 24–23 with a 3.54 ERA in 409 1⁄3 innings pitched over 266 games played.

    Chris worked as a scout for the San Diego Padres from 2010 through 2014, and as a scout and scouting supervisor for the Houston Astros from 2015 through 2017. After the 2017 season, the Phillies hired Young as an assistant pitching coach for their major league roster. He was promoted to pitching coach for the 2019 season. He was fired after the 2019 season. On November 7, 2019, the Chicago Cubs hired Young to be the bullpen coach. He was the first new addition to the Cubs' coaching staff under David Ross.

    Sammy and Chris discuss:


    The time he spoke at 180 Performance Center where Sammy trains about the need to be prepared for the game you are playing today. What is it you do as a bullpen coach for the Cubs and formerly the Phillies that he prepares?

    What kind of routines do you see some of the pitchers go through as they prepare for their game?

    One of the videos we have seen with Chris, is him playing the air guitar and dancing in the bullpen with everyone else in there. How do you keep a good attitude in the bullpen even if you are having a rough game? Who came up with the idea of dancing every time a homer is hit?

    When a player is getting up to throw to be ready to go into the game, what is he watching for him to do and what are you telling him?

    What do some of the pitchers do when they are done throwing in the game? Can you tell us a little about their post pitching routine?

    He has a young son who plays baseball, if he wants to be a pitcher what advice will Chris be telling him? How do you train him to be his best?

    The best advice you have heard from another coach you have played for or worked with?



    You can follow Chris Young on Twitter. 







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    • 15 min
    Owning the Mental Game with Diamyn Hall

    Owning the Mental Game with Diamyn Hall

    Unlocking the Process to Success with former Wright State, Director of Peak Performance & Mental Conditioning.

    Diamyn Hall is currently known as one the world's top Online Mindset Coaches.

    He is the creator of The Hitter’s Blackbook  & Founder of The Mental Game Blueprint VIP training program.

    As a former division 1 baseball player and division 1 coach, Diamyn has impacted millions of lives around the world through his trainings, books, course, & viral videos on social media.

    Diamyn Hall is currently behind the scenes establishing himself as one of the industries leading authorities for online business coaching (where he mentors, coaches, & teaches highly driven online entrepreneurs how to make $10k a month on autopilot).

    In the heartfelt episode Sammy and Diamyn discuss:

    • How he became the first mental game development coordinator in college history

    • What he means when he talks about extreme ownership

    • The background story of the viral post on resiliency

    • What athletes can do to prepare for the pressure of being in college

    • The content of The Hitter's Blackbook

    • Establishing a pre and post game process

    • Advice he would give his teenage self

    You can follow Diamyn on Instagram or Twitter and YouTube. 




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    • 30 min
    Rounding Third: Practice Planning with author Coach Zach Casto

    Rounding Third: Practice Planning with author Coach Zach Casto

    Coach Zach Casto started his coaching career at West Virginia State University Student Assistant for 2 years (2016-2018) and is currently the Nitro High School Assistant Coach (Outfield, Base-Running, Analytics, First Base Coach). He is the author of "Rounding Third: Skills, Drills, and Best Practices in the Game of Baseball" and the Rounding Third Leadership baseball blog and Co-Host of "Classroom Chatter" podcast. 

    You can follow Zach on Twitter.  

    Sammy and Zach discuss: 


    Why he decided to write a new practice and coaching book Rounding Third 
    Why was it important to you to share where you learned these great ideas from 
    His winning formula for teams and how to select players. 
    Coach Butch Chaffin (Cookeville (TN) High School), “Teach your players like they are eight years old every day and you won’t get frustrated with them” and why it was mentioned in the book? 
    Teaching seems to be always controversial but what are the core teachings for hitters 
    How Coach Cal Bailey teaches pitchers to attack batters for our listeners His favorite defensive drills to work on with your teams


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    • 12 min
    Old School Wisdom, New School Knowledge with Jerry Weinstein - Colorado Rockies Coach

    Old School Wisdom, New School Knowledge with Jerry Weinstein - Colorado Rockies Coach

    A lifelong learner & coach shares lessons learned from coaching teams in high school, junior college, summer college leagues, NCAA D1, the minor leagues, the MLB and international competitions, such as the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic.

    Jerry Weinstein began his coaching career in 1966 as a UCLA freshman coach. He was an assistant under Ron Fraser on the 1984 University of Miami Hurricanes, which came in fourth at the College World Series. He then coached at Sacramento City College. He led the school to 831 wins across 23 seasons, and led the team to 16 league titles, the California Community College Athletic Association state title in 1988 and 1998, and one national title. A total of 213 of his players were drafted, including 28 who reached the major leagues.

    Jerry has been active in International baseball as head coach of the USA representative in the 1970 University Games, assistant coach of the USA team in the 1989 Pan Am Games, the 1992 Olympic Team, the 1996 Olympic Team (Bronze Medal), and head coach of the 2004 USA Maccabiah Team (Gold Medal). He has spoken at clinics in Italy, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Germany.

    In professional baseball, Jerry has been the Brewers catching coordinator, managed for the Expos, Cubs, and for the Rockies in the California League. He also was catching coordinator for the Dodgers and later Director of Player Development for the Dodgers. From 2012-2017, Jerry served as the Catching Coordinator for the Rockies.

    Weinstein managed Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier, leading them to a perfect 3-0 record, qualifying Israel for their first World Baseball Classic appearance. He returned as the head coach in the main tournament, managing Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic in South Korea and Japan in March 2017, where the team was 4-2 overall in the tournament.

    Jerry is a member of the California Community College Baseball Hall of Fame, the Sacramento City College Athletic Hall of Fame, the ABCA Hall of Fame and the La Salle Club Coaches Hall of Fame.

    Jerry has written numerous articles, 3 books, chapters for 2 others, and has produced various instructional videos.

    You can follow Jerry on Twitter. 




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    • 14 min
    Effective Velocity Secrets with Perry Husband

    Effective Velocity Secrets with Perry Husband

    How Pitchers Like Blake Snell Dominate Hitters and What Hitters Need To Understand About Pitch Tunnels & Timing

    Perry Husband is a pioneer in the world of Baseball Science.  He introduced many modern hitting metrics to baseball, including Exit Velocity and Launch Angle.  Working with Jay Bell, he used metrics to diagnose and improve performance in both Exit Velocity and Launch Angle in one session with Jay’s swing.  Jay had an increase of 10 MPH in Exit Velocity and improved his Launch Angle to the equivalent of today’s ‘Barrel’, a ball hit at 100 MPH at a Launch Angle of 25-30 degrees.  He also improved his contact consistency by almost 50%.

    Perry also introduced ‘Tubing’ to the baseball world, inventing the original J Bands, sold by Alan Jaeger.  The Resistance Belt concept was also a surgical tubing product introduced in the Hitting Is A Guess series for training hitters.  Plyometrics in hitting training was the workout prescribed in that same video series from 2001.  The underload/overload concept in hitting training was designed and introduced by Perry in the Hitting Is A Guess video, promoting explosiveness, balance and proven bat speed and Exit Velocity increases.

    Through the groundbreaking discovery of Effective Velocity, there were countless pitching breakthroughs, including Ev Pitch Tunnels, Location Adjusted Speed (True Reactionary Speed) and many, many other Deception Metrics.

    Perry Husband is the Author of the Downright Filthy Pitching Series, including 4 books, Downright Filthy Pitching Books 1, 2, 3 & Getting Filthy – Implementing Effective Velocity.

    This cutting edge series uncovers the Patented science of Effective Velocity, which has been used by MLB coaches, pitchers and hitters for more than.

    The Foreword is by Dr. Tom House, who helped bring the science to light introducing Ev to both Japan and Korea.  Ev has also been adopted by hundreds of university coaches/players in both softball and baseball, including many NCAA champions

    Perry also created the Hitting Is A Guess video series that introduced the hitting world to Exit Velocity and Launch Angle, as mentioned.

    Perry also authored the Time Training Hitting Programs that helped Carlos Pena lead the American League in homeruns in 2009.  Time Training Level 1 is a book and online video course that focuses on mechanical efficiency.  Time Training Level 2 introduced the world to Pitch Recognition and Timing, as never understood before.  Time Training Level 3 is the most advanced game planning mindsets to date.  These are the same mindsets that helped Carlos Pena lead the MLB in Exit Velocity.  These same advanced mindsets helped the Back to Back National Champions in softball, University of Oklahoma and UCLA softball programs to become two of the most potent offenses in the game this past season.

    As a collegiate player, Perry was the MVP of the Division II College World Series in 1984 where he captained the NCAA Champion Cal State University Northridge Matadors.  Perry tied the record for most hits in the Division II College World Series with an 8 for 11 day.  At the Junior College level, he led California JCs in hitting and set a record with a 32 game hitting streak.

    Perry is an inductee into the CSUN Hall of Fame as well as the Antelope Valley College Hall of Fame and the Lancaster JetHawks Hall of Fame, minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.  Perry was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round and played two years in the minor league system, setting records for double-plays with Jay Bell, 17 year MLB vet and 2 time All Star.

    You can follow Perry on Twitter. 


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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

Alan J Jaeger ,

Play Ball Kid

Just awesome guys!!!! Great episode Sammy and Colter! So much great info!!!

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New and fun perspective. Great job Sammy!

Awesome to get the perspective of training, baseball & more from a kid/athlete currently going through his own athletic journey.

Love the idea of current professionals in the industry sharing an interview with a young athlete. It creates a perspective we all need. Keep it up Sammy!

Gerry

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Great baseball podcast

Great job Sammy! Looking forward to more!

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