“Own the Zone” Pitchers Boot Camp With Brent Strom

Get pitching advice and learn from one of the most respected coaches in baseball. Brent Strom has helped thousands of pitchers from ten years old through professional. Strom is the head pitching coach of the MLB Houston Astros. Learn the three absolutes of being a successful pitcher. See how about $5. of supplies from a hardware store can help you be a better pitcher. “Own the Zone” Pitchers Boot Camps with Brent Strom, on Monday January 21, 2014 (MLK Day), are proudly hosted by BPM Training & Media Center.

Own the Zone Pitchers Boot Camp with Brent Strom

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12/17/2013, 11:30pm EST
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Northeast’s Top Draft Picks Visit BPM

12/02/2013, 9:15pm EST
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

The Northeast part of the United States is not known as a baseball breeding ground. Nonetheless, there is a significant amount of talent that has grown from that part of the country.

Seven of the top drafted pitchers from the Greater New York area attended a meet-and-greet event at the new Baseball Player Magazine Training and Media Center on Saturday, November 30, 2013. These players, listed below in detail, were either born or played a significant amount of baseball in that area – and in several cases both.

Attendees had the opportunity to shake hands with all of the players, ask questions publicly as well as one-on-one, and even get a baseball signed.

The players all told their stories of working hard, getting noticed, being lucky and thankful, and succeeding at baseball as they grew up. They also said that the road was not always smooth, that all of their successes had peaks and valleys.

The ballplayers who attended were (in alphabetical order):

Ryan HorstmanRyan Horstman, LHP

Height: 6′ 1″, Weight: 185 lb.

Born: July 20, 1992 in South Hadley, Massachusetts, US (Age 21)

School: St. John’s University (Queens, NY)

Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 4th round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from St. John’s University (Queens, NY)

2013 Team: Everett AquaSox, Everett, WA (Mariners Short-Season A affiliate)

Rob KaminskyRob Kaminsky, LHP

Height: 5′ 11″, Weight: 191 lb.

Born: September 2, 1994 in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, US (Age 19)

High School: St. Joseph Regional HS (Montvale, NJ)

Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round (28th) of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from St. Joseph Regional HS (Montvale, NJ)

2013 Team: Gulf Coast Cardinals, Jupiter, FL (Cardinals Rookie League affiliate)

Steven MatzSteven Matz, LHP

Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 192 lb.

Born: May 29, 1991 in Stony Brook, New York, US (Age 22)

High School: Ward Melville HS (East Setauket, NY)

Drafted by the New York Mets in the 2nd round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Ward Melville HS (East Setauket, NY)

2013 Teams: Kingsport Mets, Kingsport, TN (Mets Rookie League affiliate), Savannah Sand Gnats, Savannah, GA (Mets A affiliate)

John MinconeJohn Mincone, LHP

Height: 6′ 1″, Weight: 215 lb.

Born: July 23, 1989 in Huntington, New York, US (Age 24)

High School: Half Hallow Hills East HS (Dix Hills, NY)

School: Suffolk CC West (Suffolk, NY)

Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Suffolk CC West (Suffolk, NY).

2013 Team: Brooklyn Cyclones, Brooklyn, NY (Mets Short-Season A affiliate)

Sean NolinSean Nolin, LHP

Height: 6′ 5″, Weight: 235 lb.

Born: December 26, 1989 in Seaford, NY (Age 23)

High School: Seaford HS (Seaford, NY)

Schools: San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX), San Jacinto College North (Houston)

Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 6th round of the 2010 amateur draft. Signed July 13, 2010.

MLB Debut: May 24, 2013 (Age 23)

2013 Teams: New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Manchester, NH (Blue Jays AA affiliate), Buffalo Bisons, Buffalo, NY (Blue Jays AAA affiliate), Toronto Blue Jays

Marcus StromanMarcus Stroman, RHP

Height: 5′ 9″, Weight: 185 lb.

Born: May 1, 1991 in Medford, New York, US (Age 22)

High School: Patchogue-Medford HS (Medford, NY)

School: Duke University (Durham, NC)

Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Patchogue-Medford HS (Medford, NY) and the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (22nd) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Duke University (Durham, NC).

2013 Team: New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Manchester, NH (Blue Jays AA affiliate)

Brian VerbitskyBryan Verbitsky, RHP

Height: 5′ 11″, Weight: 205 lb.

Born: June 11, 1992 in Levittown, New York, US (Age 21)

School: Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)

Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY).

2013 Team: Eugene Emeralds, Eugene OR (San Diego Padres affiliate)

Japanese Pitcher Hopes To Play American Baseball

04/11/2013, 1:30am EDT
By Astrid Cabanillas

Takahiro Matsuka

Takahiro Matsuka

At the age of 8, Takahiro Matsuka would get together with some of the neighborhood kids and play baseball after school. It was an activity they did almost everyday, similar to “The Sandlot” scenario. He fell in love with the game and has been playing it for 23 years of his life and he’s not stopping now.

Playing profession baseball overseas was an overall great experience for Matsuka, however, he comes to America to challenge the Major Leaguers and develop a new style of pitching called “The Torque method” taught by Shingo Mitsumuri. With this new style of pitching, he aims to reach the highest level possible.

Matsuka’s main motivation is his wife and daughter back home in Japan. He hopes to reach his goal for them and all his supporters. Although Matsuka faces challenges like learning a new language, and understanding the American ways, there is no stopping him from achieving his goal of playing in the Majors.

Takahiro MatsukaHe is preparing for the season ahead by working on proper bio-mechanics for this new pitching method. One thing is certain, when Matsuka is on any mound, he feels like a “fighter in the ring,” as if its his duty to fight for his team and if a player gets a hit, he feels like he got knocked down. With each knockdown, he continues to get up and fight.

Matsuka wants the young, aspiring players to not think of baseball as a passage way to a glamour or monetary venture, he wants them to know that getting there is an adventure and the people he has met along the way that have impacted and changed his life is more important. He stresses to always enjoy and have love for the game.