On this episode of Hardball Society, Phil Mackey (1500 ESPN Twin Cities) and Justin Musil (pro scout, founder of Elite Sports Advising) sit down with Chicago Cubs organizational pitching guru Jim Brower for a wide-ranging discussion about his playing days, pitching philosophies, and some fantastic stories.
Here’s what you’ll find in this episode:
– Jim details his experience at the Little League World Series in the mid-80’s
– The story of when Jim led the major leagues with 89 appearances for the Giants in the early-2000’s – how his arm felt, and why he finally asked for a day off at the end of September
– What was it like playing in front of empty stadiums in Montreal?
– Life advice to Jim from former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone
– Barry Bonds stories … Why he was one of the best and worst teammates in MLB
– What do the Royals and Cubs do differently from other organizations in baseball? Why are they so successful? Jim expands on Royals GM Dayton Moore’s management style, then tells a story about Theo Epstein’s photographic memory, and the culture Theo has created in and around Wrigley Field.
– Jim expands on some of his methods and tools for developing pitchers
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