Alex was a left-handed pitcher who grew up in Henderson and began his college career at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). From CSN, Coach Watson transferred to Campbellsville University, an NAIA school in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Upon graduation, Coach Watson immediately joined the coaching ranks and was a graduate assistant/head pitching coach at Campbellsville. During his time as pitching coach, he helped guide the team to a Conference Championship, Conference Tournament Championship, and received a #1 seed for the regional tournament. He recently spent his summer in New Hampshire coaching the Winnipesaukee Muskrats as their pitching coach in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Tony Gallo, Pitch Doctor, Inc. I am now conducting pitching lessons at the Vegas Valley Batter’s Box Facility. I am a former college and professional pitcher, club ball coach and associate scout for the Chicago Cubs. I have been a full-time pitching instructor for over 20 years. I have studied under Dr. Glenn Fleisig and Dr. James Andrews attending sports science seminars at American Sports Medicine Institute in Alabama and Gymscience in CA, in an effort to fully understand the pitching motion and why injuries occur. The mission of ASMI is to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries through research and education. But enough about me! What you really need to know is what I can do for your baseball pitcher. You’ve heard it said pitching isn’t rocket science, BUT it is science, sports science, and it is the driving force behind all great pitchers. I will teach your player the correct way to pitch the way the pros do. Pitching is about rotational power that transfers through the legs and core and loads the shoulder to create maximum arm speed. Not sure how that’s works? That’s what I do! Learn and understand the proper sequence and timing to get your body in the right position to gain maximum arm speed. Learn what maximum external rotation of the shoulder means as well as use the power angle lunge to shift your weight rather than the stride. You should never hear stop at the top, shorten your stride or use drills such as the towel drill or one knee drill. Learn big league mechanics at any age! The issue today is instructors teach pitching the way they pitched, only focusing on velocity. You won’t learn to pitch the way I did because it’s totally changed! Quite honestly, don’t dwell on velocity! Most pitchers won’t throw in the 90’s regardless of how you train! Pitchers need to learn how to pitch correctly, work ground balls, changing speeds, keeping hitters off balance to create weak contact. Being the proud dad working with Joey Gallo, Texas Ranger, who threw 100mph in HS, I can say I know what it takes to keep you advancing your game and most importantly staying healthy! LEARN HOW AND TRANSFORM YOUR GAME!
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Dr. Greg Shepard
Dr. Greg Shepard has been teaching hitting since 1994. Starting out with the prestigious West Coast Baseball Academy in Northridge, California. Greg has worked with and been mentored by some of the best instructors in baseball. In 1994, Greg signed his first professional contract in the independent leagues and played two years before signing as a free agent in 1996 with the Chicago White Sox. After playing 4 seasons in the minor leagues. Greg joined the Elmira Pioneers in the Northern League and finished out his career in 2000. Greg is a .272 career hitter. In the Mid West League in 1996 Greg reached base 13 straight times with 13 straight hits. Finished 9th in the South Atlantic League in hitting with a .308 BA with 29 doubles and 12 homeruns and 64 runs batted in as a utility player appearing in 106 of 140 games. Greg studied kinesiology and biomechanics at California State University Northridge. The hitting style he teaches in flexible and based on solid scientific principles that work and get results. In 2012, Greg went back to school to obtain a Doctorate of Chiropractic and practices in Henderson, NV.
Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock, Jr.
Born January 12, 1951 former Major League Baseball player, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Decatur, Illinois, where he graduated from Eisenhower High School. A right-handed hitter who won four National League batting titles. Madlock is also one of only three right-handed hitters to have won multiple National League batting titles since 1960, Roberto Clemente having also won four and Tommy Davis having won back-to-back titles in 1962 and 1963.
At Eisenhower High he played basketball, football and baseball. He received 150 scholarship offers for his skills as a basketball player, around 100 for his skills as a football player and two for his skills as a baseball player. He accepted one of the two baseball scholarships, at Southeastern Community College in Keokuk, Iowa, because of his preference for playing a less hazardous game. His reasoning was clear from what he later told a Sports Illustrated reporter: "I didn't want to have 6'5", 250-pound guys bearing down on me, so I decided to play baseball."
He was considered for the baseball draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969. Madlock was ready to sign with a major league baseball team, he had decided to go with an offer from the Washington Senators organization.
In a 15-season career, Madlock, nicknamed "Mad Dog", compiled a .305 batting average with 2008 hits, 163 home runs and 860 runs batted in.
June 5, 1969: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1969 amateur draft, but did not sign.
January 17, 1970: Drafted by the Washington Senators in the 5th round of the 1970 amateur draft (January Secondary). Player signed 05/25/1970.
October 25, 1973: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Vic Harris to the Chicago Cubs for Fergie Jenkins.
February 11, 1977: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Rob Sperring to the San Francisco Giants for Andrew Muhlstock (minors), Bobby Murcer and Steve Ontiveros.
June 28, 1979: Traded by the San Francisco Giants with Lenny Randle and Dave Roberts to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Fred Breining, Al Holland and Ed Whitson.
August 31, 1985: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Los Angeles Dodgers for players to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent R.J. Reynolds (09/3/1985), Cecil Espy (09/9/1985) and Sid Bream (09/9/1985) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.
May 29, 1987: Released by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
June 4, 1987: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
November 9, 1987: Granted Free Agency.
Madlock was drafted by the Washington Senators in the 5th round of the secondary phase of the 1970 amateur draft. He made his debut with the Texas Rangers (who had moved from Washington after the 1971 season) on September 7, 1973, and played 21 games with them, batting .351. After the season, Madlock and Vic Harris were traded to the Cubs for Ferguson Jenkins. Madlock replaced Ron Santo as the Cubs' third baseman and hit .313, the highest average for a Cubs third baseman since Stan Hack batted .323 in 1945. In 1975 Madlock won his first batting title with a .354 average. On July 26 of that year he went 6-for-6 during a Cubs' loss to the New York Mets. He also made the first of his three All-Star appearances and shared Game MVP honors with Jon Matlack.
In 1976 Madlock repeated as batting champion with a .339 average, edging out Ken Griffey, Sr. of the Cincinnati Reds on the final day of the regular season (October 3, 1976). In an 8–2 win over the Montreal Expos, Madlock collected four singles to raise his average from .333 to .339, one point ahead of Griffey. Griffey belatedly entered his team's game (which the Reds won 11-1 over the Atlanta Braves), and went 0-for-2, dropping his average to .336. After the 1976 season, Madlock was traded to San Francisco in a deal that sent Bobby Murcer and Steve Ontiveros to the Cubs. Madlock, an average fielder at best, was moved to second base (the Giants already had Darrell Evans at third), and batted "only" .302 and .309 in 1977 and 1978 respectively. In June 1979, the unhappy Madlock was traded to Pittsburgh and won a championship with a Pirates team with stars Dave Parker and Willie Stargell. Madlock returned to third base and batted .328 with the Pirates during the regular season and .375 in the World Series. In 1980 Madlock's average dropped to .277 as the Pirates finished third in the National League East, eight games behind the eventual World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Madlock won two more batting titles, in 1981 and 1983, making him the first player to win multiple batting titles with two different teams. He also finished second in the National League in batting in 1982, his .319 average bettered only by Al Oliver's .331. Afterwards, however, his play mirrored the decline of the team. In August 1985 the Pirates traded him to Los Angeles which, like Pittsburgh in 1979, was contending for a division title. The Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS but Madlock hit three home runs in the loss. In 1987, the Dodgers released Madlock, who signed a few days later with the Detroit Tigers, where he again earned a trip to the postseason. Madlock became a free agent at the end of the 1987 season and played for the Lotte Orions in Japan in 1988. He is the only major league baseball player to have won four batting titles who is not enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
In 2000 and 2001 Madlock was a coach with the Detroit Tigers, reuniting with Tigers manager and former Pirates teammate Phil Garner. In 2001, Madlock was invited by Omar Moreno, another former Pirate teammate, to coach in a professional league in Panama City, Panama. In 2003, Madlock was hired to manage the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League; the team went 117–134 during his two seasons. In 2005 he went to Kaohshiung, Taiwan to coach in the pro baseball league with the La New Bears.
Since 2006, Madlock became a batting coach teaching in Las Vegas.
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Madlock was inducted into the Decatur Public Schools (Decatur, IL) Athletic Hall of Fame during its inaugural ceremony at Frank M. Lindsay Field at Millikin University during the annual MacArthur-Eisenhower Tate & Lyle Braggin’ Rights Football Game.
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