Elbow Up Youth Baseball

Part 1: Mike Steele Coaches Cleveland Indians and Son's Youth Team, Talks State of Youth Baseball

May 12, 2021 Kevin Burke
Elbow Up Youth Baseball
Part 1: Mike Steele Coaches Cleveland Indians and Son's Youth Team, Talks State of Youth Baseball
Show Notes
Parents and Coaches,

This is one of my favorite episodes so far! It was an hour long, so I split it into two parts. Be sure to subscribe to my free emails so you won’t miss part two!

This is definitely one you need to listen to, but here’s an outline of the episode and part one of my interview with Cleveland Indians pitching coach, youth baseball coach, and dad, Mike Steele! (remember, you can also subscribe in iTunes or your favorite podcast player)

⚾ 1:00 - Introduction

Mike Steele played high school, college, and pro ball. He spent 7 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a pitching coach.

He’s also served as the pitching coach at three Division I universities - Michigan State University, Long Beach State University, and Wichita State University.

Mike is now based out of Phoenix, Arizona with the Cleveland Indians as a minor league pitching coach. He works during Spring Training with all levels of Indians’ pitchers, and then remains in Phoenix throughout the rest of the year with their Rookie level minor league team.

In addition to his lengthy baseball career, Mike’s most important job now is being a father, which also includes coaching his son’s 13 year old summer team.

I know a lot of youth league coaches that have played the game at a high level, but I’ve never come across a professional baseball coach who also coaches his son’s team (at the same time).

⚾ 3:30 - Interview Starts

Mike was a good player, not a great player

He was middle of the pack compared to his peers

Didn’t get any offers out of high school; went JUCO

Played 6.5 seasons in pro ball

Had Tommy John and shoulder surgery

Start coaching career at Michigan State once he got married

Left coaching to work for Bo Jackson and John Cangelosi with the Illinois Sparks

Went back to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a pitching coach and a scout

Pitching coach at Long Beach State and Wichita State for two years each

Was offered a job and currently coaches with the Cleveland Indians

⚾ 10:50 - Why Mike Reached Out

Mike came across my episode about how Weekend Tournaments are Ruining Youth Baseball Player Development

Commented and agreed saying the current youth baseball environment is destroying our kids’ development

Mike recently realized after coaching a tournament, parents have so much anxiety around their kids’ performance

And how much pressure is put on our kids during their teenage years

And all of it is for the purpose of winning a ring that really means nothing

⚾ 13:55 - Thoughts on Rings for the “Toilet Bowl” Bracket

Mike talked about the difference between getting trophies and rings for participating vs the rings he got growing up as a player

Rings meant more than just playing, but represented the blood, sweat, and tears of the grind throughout the season

⚾ 17:25 - Transactional Relationship w/ Baseball

We don’t talk to young players today about controlling what they can control

Parents just hope their kid messes up less than the other kid; not developing players who can deal with adversity

⚾ 18:25 - Getting Lessons Too Early

Why are parents taking kids to work on skills when he doesn’t even know how to catch the baseball

“Parents want to buy a good delivery”

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