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My son’s story: The nightmare that was his freshman baseball season

(This continues the story of my son’s journey from elite youth baseball pitcher to two lost high school seasons separated by Tommy John surgery … well, he did have one high school baseball season at the top of his game. This details how a high school varsity coach seemed, in many ways, to have tried to make the season miserable for my son. — TS) By TED SILLANPAA Heading into my son’s first high school baseball season, the plan was… Read More »

My son’s story: Football coach set finest example … then came baseball season

(Many who read the first in a series of stories about my son’s journey from elite youth baseball pitcher to two lost high school seasons separated by Tommy John surgery on his elbow asked about the coach who overused and mishandled him when my son was a freshman. Here’s more about his freshman experience that will leave you wondering why we’ve been programmed to believe parents are the problem and that coaches are always in the right. — TS) By… Read More »

My son’s story: From elite young pitcher to Tommy John elbow surgery

BY TED SILLANPAA My youngest son was judged by people in the know, not by his old man, to be an elite left-hand pitcher at the age when kids are mostly hoping to make their Little League’s all-star team. Wait a minute! Every parent thinks their kid is bound for the pros or that college scholarship! Who judged my kid a cut above his peers? College coaches did, for starters. One coach who’s also a scout for a Major League… Read More »

Son’s return to mound shows every recovery isn’t about PEDs

By TED SILLANPAA on Twitter @TedSillanpa My 17-year-old son pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, in his official return to the mound 11 months after he underwent elbow reconstruction surgery. He’s one of those elite-level prospects who was being recruited by some Pac-12 Conference baseball coaches even while he was rehabilitating his elbow over the winter. So, to say he’s back at 100 percent of what folks believe he can be would be untrue. Just to see him on… Read More »