Ball Talk

Pitch Counts

December 2, 2013
In years past it wasn’t uncommon for teams to have four man rotations with fewer pitchers in the bullpen. The guys in the bullpen might even take a behind the scenes cigarette break to calm those nerves. Starting pitchers would routinely throw as many as 170 pitches in a game. Careers would be shortened because of either a blown out shoulder or elbow after only a few years of service time. Before arthroscopic surgery ...

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From Bach to Baseball to Brubeck

February 28, 2013

It was fun catching up with Jazz Pianist great Jim Martinez to talk a little baseball and jazz.

 

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Slumps

February 22, 2013
Chances are, if you're in a batting slump, you're probably thinking too much about your mechanics or about uncontrollable results. 
 
See the ball and hit it solid. Keep it simple. 
 
Hank Aaron's game plan at the plate was to hit the ball on the fat part of the bat. Ty Cobb's main hitting approach was to hit the ball to the big part of the field. 
  
In 1996, I asked Twins teammate ...

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Adversity

February 5, 2013
Playing baseball at a high level requires a tremendous amount of skill and fortitude. If you decide you want to dedicate yourself to becoming a better ball player you need to be able to overcome adversity. Adversity is different for each individual and can be the fuel to get you to the next level, or the enemy that makes you want to quit. Some players are afraid of the ball, while others don't like to lose or make mistakes. ...

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Walbeck Still Follows Twins from Afar

August 30, 2012
Fox Sports North
August 23, 2012
 
By Tyler Mason
 
 
Twins career: Matt Walbeck, now 42, played with Minnesota from 1994-96. During his time with the Twins, Walbeck, a catcher, played in 275 games, the most he played for any team during his 11-year major league career. He batted .230 with 103 RBI and eight home runs during those three seasons.
After breaking into the league in 1993 with the Chicago ...

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Former Big Leaguer Loves to Teach

March 22, 2012
by Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor | 3/21/12
 
From the time he started swinging a bat as a young boy, baseball is all Matt Walbeck wanted to do.
 
After playing parts of 11 seasons in the big leagues and spending eight seasons as a coach, Walbeck is helping players improve their games, as they chase their dreams, whether it’s earning a starting spot on their high school team, playing at the collegiate ...

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One Pitch at a Time

February 4, 2012
Baseball is a hard game to play, after all that's why it's called hardball.  I mean come on, if a hitter fails 2 out of 3 times at the major league level he's an all star.  What?!  
 
That's right, he's making right turns instead of left turns more than half of the time and he's a huge success.  Even if he hits a line shot as solid as he's ever hit one, the ball might end up ...

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Walbeck Inducted into Whitecaps Hall of Fame

January 19, 2012

Matt was proud to be inducted into the Whitecaps Hall of Fame!

 

 

 



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