Sunday, October 21, 2012

Crossover Long Toss Program

The Crossover Long Toss Program helps the baseball player to build strength, health and longevity of the arm. The long toss throwing program is used by professional and college teams. 

"The ultimate goal of the Crossover Long Toss Program is to maintain arm health while building a strong foundation in the pre-season. This is accomplished by gradually increasing throwing workloads, which will help to reduce recovery times during the season. By reducing recovery times, pitchers can start post outing workouts sooner, allowing for an additional long toss session and/or bullpen to fine tune mechanics and pitches prior to their next outing. Position players can benefit from building a strong foundation in the pre-season, just as pitchers do, as well as refine their fundamentals with position specific drills. 

One of the unique features of this program is the application of Crossover Super Sets. This method alternates three sets of the Crossover Symmetry workout with two sets of the throwing program, building power and endurance to better prepare players for the heavy workloads that they will encounter during the season."

Note: My ambidextrous son started this long toss program this fall and it seams straight forward. The warmup exercises take about 5 minutes to complete.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Dave "Boo" Ferriss - ambidextrous player

Boo Ferriss
Dave Meadow "Boo" Ferriss
Born: December 5, 1921
Hometown: Shaw, MS
College: Mississippi State (1939-1942)

Height/Weight: 6' 2", 208 lb.
Positions: Pitcher and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Left
Throws: Both, RHP in MLB

Dave Meadow "Boo" Ferriss is a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. When Ferriss was young he developed throwing and fielding skills to play baseball right- or left-handed. Ferriss was a teammate of hall of fame hitter Ted Williams.

How Ferriss became an ambidextrous player -

“One game there, as I started playing some, a runner came into me at second base and I guess dumped me and I fell on my right wrist and broke it. I was always throwing the ball around, outside the house and against the steps and everything with my right hand, so that summer I had my right hand in a cast and I started throwing lefthanded, just to keep active. I loved to get out in the yard and throw a ball -- a tennis ball -- outside the house and the steps, so I developed some talent throwing lefthanded also.” Batting was different, though. ”I never batted right in my life. I don’t know how I started that. It just came natural to me.” 

Ferris played first base when he wasn’t pitching -- and he had to carry two gloves because of an idiosyncrasy that confused some of the other teams: he played first base left-handed, then pitched right-handed. ”I guess I was saving my right arm,” he says. 

Ferriss did pitch a little left-handed in semipro days, but never in professional baseball.

source: Dave Ferriss - SABR Baseball Biography by Bill Nowlin

Hall of Fame

On November 14, 2002, Boo Ferriss was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame | Dave “Boo” Ferriss

Since 2004, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame has awarded “The Ferriss Trophy” to the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi.

David "Boo" Ferriss: A Baseball Great by Rick Cleveland

His first organized game was one to remember. At age 13, and in the seventh grade, he was called down out of the stands to play second base for the high school team. A much larger and older opposing player bowled over him on a close play at second base, breaking his right wrist. That summer, right-handed Ferriss learned to throw the ball left-handed. His ability to throw either right- or left-handed would amaze baseball people throughout his career.

Unlike most pitchers, who are usually poor hitters, Ferriss hit like a natural hitter. On days when he did not pitch, he was often called on as a pinch hitter. He would further amaze his teammates and opposition alike by pitching batting practice left-handed on his off days.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Josh Hoekstra, Ambidextrous Pitcher

Josh Hoekstra

Howetown: Weston, Wisconsin

High School: DC Everest Evergreens (2009)
College: Century College | Minnesota State University - Mankato

Height: 6'7" (six-feet, seven-inches!)
Weight: 250
Positions: P/1B/OF
Throws: Both, Right-handed pitcher in college
Bats: Switch hitter

Josh Hoekstra, a tall ambidextrous pitcher, once threw a no-hitter.
"It was a 6-4-3 double play and right when the first baseman Luke Dasher caught the ball it was the greatest feeling in the world, I've never thrown a no-hitter before in my life. It was an amazing feeling to throw a no hitter."

Josh Hoekstra can pitch with both hands. He has been throwing with both arms since he can remember.
(YouTube, Aug 19, 2010)

Playing College Baseball

As a Freshman pitcher Josh Hoekstra of Wausau, Wisconsin, came to Century because he believed Kotila could help him "develop into a strong pitcher on the mound."

In 2011, Sophomore RHP Josh Hoekstra signed to play at Minnesota State University- Mankato in 2012-13.

Listed as RHP on the Fayetteville SwampDogsof the Coastal Plain League (summer collegiate baseball)

Minnesota State has added seven new names to its baseball roster for the 2012-13 school year

Mankato, Minn. --- Baseball coach Matt Magers has announced that seven student-athletes have signed NCAA Letters of Intent to attend Minnesota State University.

A 6-7, 250-lb., righthanded pitcher, Josh Hoekstra built a 4-1 record with a 3.97 ERA and 48 Ks in 41.2 innings with Century College in 2011. He is a graduate of D.C. Everest High in Schofield, Wis., where he lettered in baseball, football and basketball. Magers on Hoekstra: "With his size, Josh will be one of the biggest players to ever wear the Maverick uniform. He's just coming into his own on the mound and as a big strong junior college right-hander, we expect Josh to step in and contribute immediately."

31 Josh Hoekstra - Wisconsin Woodchucks

High School Baseball

Josh Hoekstra hit .419 in his senior year with the DC Everest Evergreens.

Ambidextrous pitcher for the DC Everest Evergreens
WJFW News, 7/27/2009
DC Everest senior Josh Hoekstra turns a lot of heads on the baseball field.

Its not just because he's a 6 foot 7 pitcher, its the fact that he comes at hitters from both sides of the rubber.

Josh Hoekstra, Ambidextrous Pitcher - "2,3,4 years old starting to throw a baseball, my Dad just found out that I had kind of the same form throwing both hands. So, he just kept me going, kept me going and I just never gave it up."

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Rebels No-Hit against RSW
By Jeremy Mayo | Published: 07/10/2009
RHINELANDER – The bats went silent for the Rhinelander Post 7 Rebels on Thursday as they went without a hit in a 4-0 loss to RSW in American Legion Baseball action at Stafford Field.

The Rebels were baffled by switch-pitcher Josh Hoekstra, who threw right handed to the righties and left handed to the lefties and allowed just three walks and a hit batter in seven innings.

“No hitting highlights to speak of as we were no-hit,” Rebels manager Dan Huhnstock told in an email. “RSW pitcher was the same guy who threw against us at Everest. Threw both right and left handed.”

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