Baseball pitching today is in an outrage and goes far beyond what you see in the Major Leagues. According to the book, “The Arm”, written by baseball columnist, Jeff Passan, “Elbows are breaking more than ever and younger than ever.” He also wrote about a study where the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) followed almost 500 youth-league pitchers for an entire decade starting in 1999, and the findings were astounding. “The kids who pitched more than one hundred innings in a calendar year were three and a half times likelier to get injured than those who didn’t." So how do we prevent this from happening?
Baseball On Command wants to try and help fix this problem that seems to be getting worse every year. To put it in perspective, the famous orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, used to perform Tommy John surgery on only a handful of high-school-aged kids a year. Today, that number is in the upwards of 80-90 per year; some days he even has multiple patients all getting their pitching arms fixed. (Passan, “The Arm”). This number should not be rising year after year but unfortunately, it is, and will continue to rise until players and parents take a more proactive approach to arm care. We at Baseball On Command intend to do just that.
Our mission is to significantly decrease major arm injuries in youth players by correcting mechanical flaws at an early age and ensuring that our players get the proper amount of rest throughout the year.
Founder & Coach
Tommy Boss has been coaching pitchers for the past 14 years at the high school, junior college, and currently at the Division I level. His pitching staffs have been ranked nationally in several statistical categories over the years, and he has had numerous players drafted. He is currently in his third season at a university in Northeast Florida. Due to NCAA rules, Coach Boss is not allowed to work privately with potential student athletes (9th-12th grade). Therefore, he is focusing his attention and efforts on YOUTH BASEBALL to try and help fix the arm injury epidemic.
"As a former pitcher, I know first-hand what “over-use” of an arm means. There were times I should have rested my arm, but didn’t. There were games I should have come out of because of a high pitch count, but stayed in. When I became a coach in 2006, my goal was to protect my pitchers’ arms, every last one. The reality is, every player is different and every arm is different. My goal with Baseball on Command is to put the player FIRST and individualize each program. I am excited to work on this project and will do my best to make a difference on the future of our game." - Coach Boss