Brian's Blog

  1. Rocket Wrap Compression Floss

    It has been a while since I have written a post dedicated to one of Oates Specialties’ new products. But we have been receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback about one of our newest products, and I wanted to focus on that product in case there are those of you that are not familiar with it. The product is called the Rocket Wrap Compression Floss. Continue reading →
  2. Attitude and Effort: Things You Can Control

    I was recently channel surfing and came across an interview with Jimmy Johnson, the former Miami Hurricanes’ and Dallas Cowboys’ head coach. He was discussing how he had a saying back when he coached that went something along the lines of “positive attitude plus effort equals performance.” It made me think of similar sayings I have heard over the years from coaches at all levels and across the sports’ spectrum. Continue reading →
  3. Happy New Year -- A Blast From the Past

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holidays and are ready for a new year.  It is hard to believe it is now 2016.  While at home for the holidays, I was looking through a number of boxes of mine from the past.  Some were childhood momentos, while others were from college, and nearly all had some relation to baseball.  I found one thing that I wanted to share.  It was a story I wrote during my first year of college for a public speaking class.  We had to write stories that we would then deliver to the class as speeches.  One of the stories I wrote was about my experience at Can-Am. Continue reading →

    As I shared in a recent post, over the summer I read Malcolm Galdwell’s tremendous book “Outliers.” Many of us are familiar with Galdwell’s now famous “10,000 Hour Rule.” Essentially, it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice before a person can become an “expert” in a particular field. Gladwell argues that people aren’t born geniuses, masters, or experts, but instead they get there through tremendous time and effort. One example proffered by Gladwell of the 10,000 Hour Rule is Bill Gates, the iconic founder of Microsoft, who was able to begin coding as a teen due to a fortunate opportunity through his progressive Seattle high school. By the time Gates was a freshman in college, he had reached approximately 10,000 of coding time. A second example in Outliers, were the Beatles. The famous band played long—8 hours at a time—gigs in German clubs before their American invasion, which allowed them to achieve the 10,000 hour threshold on stage performing at a much quicker pace than other bands. Continue reading →
  5. The Texas Baseball Ranch is Leading a Pitching Revolution

    Admittedly, the title to this post is not my creation; it is the title of a recently released article in ESPN the Magazine. The article, written by Jason Fagone, appears in ESPN The Magazine’s September 14th issue. The article can be read at the below link as well: While this article is new, I have personally witnessed this revolution for over a decade now. I am proud to say that Oates Specialties has been a part of this revolution since 2003, by supplying, locating, and inventing products and workout equipment to meet the Texas Baseball Ranch’s ever evolving needs for training its athletes. Continue reading →
  6. Can Everyone Train and Reach 90 m.p.h.?

    Those of you who are familiar with the Texas Baseball Ranch know the success it has had helping athletes make incredible gains in velocity—of course, Oates Specialties equipment aids these athletes in reaching their goals. Coach Ron Wolforth has adopted a mantra whereby he believes that every single athlete that walks through the Texas Baseball Ranch’s doors (actually, it’s a gate) can reach the 90 mile-per-hour threshold. This is quite the opposite from the old world baseball people that believe you either have it or you don’t—essentially, you either have been blessed with the genetics to throw harder than the rest of society or you haven't. I (obviously) think that the latter thought process is simply a coping mechanism as a way for people to try and make up for their shortcomings—whether it’s a coach that can’t help his players increase their velocities or a player who isn’t willing to work hard enough or isn’t willing to learn enough in order to improve his velocity. Continue reading →
  7. Overexposure Can Hurt You

    It is hard to believe, but high school baseball is nearing the end of the regular season. Playoffs will soon be upon us, and one by one high school baseball players will find themselves done competing for their high school teams. For many of these baseball players, the end of the high school season means the beginning of their next season, which will occur over the summer on their select or travel baseball team. When the summer season comes to an end many of these athletes will move right into the fall season with these same select teams. Continue reading →
  8. The Man in the Arena

    This post has, in a way, been a long time in the making. When I was in high school our weight room had a quote painted on the wall. It was painted in such large print that I found myself reading it every day. It became engrained in my brain. The quote was by Teddy Roosevelt and is frequently referred to as “The Man in the Arena.” The passage is as follows: Continue reading →
  9. Improved Weighted Ball Holds with the TAP Baseball Training Sock

    This post is dedicated to a new product in the Oates Specialties lineup: the TAP Baseball Training Sock. Before I discuss how the Training Sock can be used and its benefits, it is probably best to describe its genesis. The Training Sock was developed under the guidance of Ron Wolforth and Randy Sullivan, as part of a modified, and improved, ball hold program. Continue reading →
  10. The Batting Target

    Oates Specialties has carried various products to help provide pitchers with a focal point during practice. These products include the Pitching Pad, the Target Pad, and the Advanced Command Trainer, which have all proven to be extraordinary in helping pitchers achieve significant gains in the command of their pitches. The reason for this stems from a concept called deliberate practice, which I have written about in the past. Here is a link to my blog post on this topic for those of you unfamiliar or interested in reading it again. Continue reading →

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