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Michael Schlact

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Michael Schlact - Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Pitching Coach

Sports Spectrum Podcast

BONUS Michael Schlact had dreams of making it to the big leagues as a pitcher. He was selected in the third round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft by the Texas Rangers after a stellar high school pitching career in Marietta, Georgia.  His professional pitching journey would last 9 seasons and he would reach as high as the double-A level but injuries and other circumstances caused him to retire after the 2014 season.  A few years later, he found himself in coaching and soon would be managing professional baseball with the Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks in the Independent League. He would remain there for the 2017 and 2018 season before getting a call that would change his life.  In 2019, he was named as a minor league pitching coach with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2020, he'll continue in the same role and look to develop young players hoping to make their way to Milwaukee someday.  On this episode of the podcast, we go deep with Michael Schlact on that minor league life and the decision to follow God's call from Independent League baseball to the Milwaukee Brewers. We also hear how Michael leaned on God as his major league pitching dream began to die and his new coaching journey began to take shape.  For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website - http://SportsSpectrum.com 


4 Apr 2020

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Michael Schlact- MiLB Pitching Coach, Milwaukee Brewers

Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Michael Schlact, MiLB Pitching Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. Michael Schlact talks about ways to properly communicate with players on your team, the importance of learning how to lose, how he approaches data, and why pitchers needing to learn how their fastball works.  Episode Highlights: How did Michael Schlact get involved in baseball and as a coach?   What are some different changes he is making from last year?  What has been Michael’s process to become better at incorporating data?  How does Michael Schlact communicate with a large range of diverse players? What should a pitcher’s off-season look like? What are we missing at the amateur that at the major league level they need to know? What does Michael look for when viewing a player video?How does workload management factor into working with players? What are some different ways to address player development from a pitching standpoint? How do you address a player who needs to be convinced to use a better pitch?What is something that Michael is excited about learning and applying? What are things his players get excited about doing during practice?   Is there anything that Michael Schlact believes that other coaches might disagree with?Strive to make your players better people.  3 Key Points:Learn who your players are first, and then help them second.  Be vulnerable enough to prove to your players that you are there for them when they are playing well and when they are making mistakes as well. Pitchers need to understand how their fastball works, what does it do, and how they can play it into your benefit.   Tweetable Quotes:“I want to continue to learn what makes a player better, and specifically for me being a pitching coach, what is it that I can use that allows the pitchers to get better.” – Michael Schlact  (05:22)“For me, it is what is most important and how can I communicate that to a player without overwhelming him?” – Michael Schlact  (06:04)“Understand the player’s background that you are coaching. You have to know them as people. You have to know where they came from. You have to know what their learning styles are. There are so many different learning styles.” – Michael Schlact  (07:56)“There is something really rich about a player asking you a question and you saying, ‘You know what, I don’t know. But let me find that out for you.’” – Michael Schlact  (12:54)“If you don’t understand your fastball and the profile that it has, you’ll never truly understand the best pitches for you to work off of that.” – Michael Schlact  (17:44)“If you don’t learn how to lose, you will never really win.” – Michael Schlact  (19:08)“Pick out something each time. Don’t feel like you have to just watch that video, that one setting for 10 minutes, and never go back to it.” – Michael Schlact  (22:27)“Everyone wants to be told the truth. People don’t like to hear the truth all the time. But everyone wants it.” – Michael Schlact  (37:52)Resources Mentioned: Ahead of the Curve PodcastTwitter: @AOTC_podcastMichael Schlact: Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


30 Jan 2020

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Manager of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks Michael Schlact - 048

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A third round pick of the Texas Rangers out of High School, Michael Schlact was destined for the Big Leagues. Unfortunately, things didn't turn the way out as he hoped. Seven years in the minors he received the news that no player ever wants to hear. He was being released. After bouncing around Independent Baseball for a few years he hung up his spikes for turfs, he was now a coach. This past season he was named manager of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in the American Association. His perspective of the game and how it shaped him as a person is very inspirational.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


20 Mar 2018

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Sit Down with F-M RedHawks pitching coach Michael Schlact

Baseball Essential



6 Dec 2014

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