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At the All-Star break of the 1991 season, John Smoltz was 2-11 with a 5.16 ERA. It was the middle of his second full season in the Big Leagues and even though he had had some success in his rookie year, there were many people that doubted whether he would ever develop into a winning pitcher. As the story goes, Smoltz turned things around in a big way and went 12-2 with a 2.62 ERA in the second half of the season and never looked back.
How did Smoltz make that…Continue
Quick – Who holds the Blue Jays’ franchise records for most home runs in a season by a catcher? Who hit a bomb on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues and then followed it up with a single, double and another bomb in the same game? And who recently hung out with NextLevelBallplayer.com to talk baseball? Of course the correct answer to all these questions is JP Arencibia.
Many thanks to JP for taking some time to sit down with NLB before one of his…Continue
The other day, the Rangers’ Derek Holland and his incredible mustache were nice enough to sit down with Next Level Ballplayer.com for an exclusive interview. Holland was the second most dominant AL pitcher during the second half of the 2011 season (Verlander) and then shined during the World Series. The Rangers where not only one strike away from their first World Series title, but had Nelly Cruz caught that ball in the…Continue
www.nextlevelballplayer.com is here to give current ballplayers a forum to learn from some of the best minds in the game. So players wanting to make it to the next level, whatever that may be (HS varsity, college, MLB), can have access to, and learn from, players, coaches and scouts they would typically never have access to. To help…Continue