As you know, I have been writing columns at this site for about a year now and I would like your feedback about their content.  The columns to date have included my insights into the world of minor league baseball.  I have written several types of articles that include: Q and A, mailbag, pitching philosophy, daily life, pitching mechanics, and interaction with big league players.  Which type of column is your preference?  Is there a topic I haven’t covered that you would like to read about?   I have really appreciated your support during this past year and I would like to improve upon the content of my columns so that you get to read what is of interest to you.  If you would like to provide me with your feedback, or if you have other questions you would like for me to answer, please feel free to let me know in the comments section or via email at x

27 thoughts on “Feedback

  1. Minor league life, insights on what a pro pitcher is thinking about, and details about what you see of the other players are most interesting to me.

    Really, you can write about what interests you and I’m sure we’ll all love it. Writers always write best about what interests them.

  2. I can’t think of anything that you could possibly do any better. i love all of it. the mailbags, the insights into pitching, the looks into minor league life, its all amazing. I’m in college right now, and really don’t feel like i could deal with the stresses in your life and still find the energy to write about it, let alone ask people for suggestions on how to do it better.

  3. you’re doing an amazing job. What you’re giving us is the view from the game from an actual minor leaguer going through each stage of the developmental process. Hope to see you out of the pen soon

  4. The only other things you have not covered, you can not write about right now. Since you are in a competition for a Major League job, you can not write about bad coaching or lousy teamates. You have kept it positive. That is a credit to your writing skill. That you can keep interest without concentrating on the negative.

  5. Wonderful site, amazing research and work you put into it. Also, a big shout out to all the commenters. The whole site is wonderful. Everything you’ve done I have enjoyed reading.

  6. Great articles, I always look forward to reading them… I just hope you still write a post for this site on occasion after being a major leaguer! The thing I like most about your posts is how I can really “think like a ball player” for those few moments I read it. Great insight, and thanks.

  7. The article I liked most is when you broke down your thought process during an inning of work. That sort of stuff is rare to hear about in such great detail. Not only was it surprising to hear that so much strategy was used in every pitch, but it was refreshing to see an athlete open up so much and give us such personal detail instead of the regular cliche statements you hear after every game.
    In many ways you break the stereotype of how an athlete “acts”. You’re humble, thoughtful and well spoken. Now while these are rare qualities for most people, it’s something that seems even more rare at the pro level of athletics. I look forward to your posts and think James is quite lucky to have such an additional to an already great site. I thank you for your posts and wish you nothing but the best in your career. Your posts make it easy to root for your advancement through the minors and hopefully to the big show.

  8. I can’t think of anything that could be done better – everything is always insightful, well-written and informative. you clearly pass Bill Simmons’ “Table Test.” Keep up the good work!

    – Jeff

  9. My favorite article was the one on Schwimlocity, and I enjoy others where you discuss the fine details of pitching for those of us who didn’t pitch past HS. The thought process as you go through a batter/lineup. your work on developing your pitches, etc, all fascinating stuff. Honestly though, content doesn’t really matter, I for one just appreciate the fact you take the time to do it, your input is fascinating, thanks!

  10. Mike,
    You’ve done a great job. Since you’re always looking for new topics, here’s one for you. Its spring training and your job is secure. However, there are many guys there that will have to be cut and I’m curious how that process stresses out everyone involved. I assume things calm down quite a bit after the rosters are finalized and the fringe guys know they’re in or they’re out. I’m also curious how ticked off guys get about their placement, be it A, AA, or AAA. Thanks for your thoughts. Also, how are you coming on getting that Gillies vs Gose race?? Who would you pick?

  11. Honestly, I have never pitched and don’t understand the approach. I enjoyed the pitch by pitch breakdown you did last year, and I’d like to understand yours and others mental approach to the game.

    I’m very interested in the whole game theory aspect of th pitcher and batter, and your articles seem to convey this for me quite well. Have you studied game theory and its applications to pitching?

  12. +1 on Dan’s comment. A pitcher using game theory could be really dangerous!

    Schwimlocity, day in the life, pitch breakdown are a few that stand out. Probably whatever is on your mind is the best thing to write about. You’ve done an outstanding job.

  13. Mike I love the content. The one thing I would love and I don’t know if it is possible. PP would have to approve I am sure, but what about a live chat? Like a 2 hour chat similar to and I know it probably costs money and I completely understand if that is the case. PP is the only blog not selling themselves to the devil. Also I would love to see who is impressing you and I know that may interfere with comaraderie amongst the boys, but hearing it first hand who is standing out means a lot. Thanks again for everything you do!

  14. If I were a guy, I’d want to be a baseball player. That’s why I find this stuff interesting. I’d do anything to a baseball player; the lifestyle must be fantastic. Heck you could end up being married to the President of France or something ridiculous like that.

  15. The topics you address are all of interest to us outsiders but you might want to try approaching them differently. A story about how you outsmarted a hitter told in a humorous or semiserious vein would be entertaining and enlightening. Below the serious exterior I sense a comedian waiting to break out. There’s a fine line between being an asshole and being a smart ass but I think you could pull it off.

  16. Personally, I most enjoy the articles like the last one that give unique insite into the day-to-day life of a professional player and also provide that little “extra” information about other players you come in contact with. I think it really helps everyone understand just how much work a player puts in on a daily basis shows what a physical/mental grind a season can be.

    One thing you haven’t really covered that I’d be interested in is how much do players hang around together outside of the park vs. a typical 9-5 job where people leave the office and go there separate ways.

  17. The first thing that came to my mind was the entry on thinking through an inning. Announcers are quick to guess and judge, but actually reading the thought process is something that I have just never seen anywhere else and was absolutely fascinating to me.

    One thing I’m curious about: What is it like to sit in the bullpen for an entire game, not even knowing if you’re going to get in? How does the pen keep loose game after game when usually only 2-3 guys get in to any given game?

    Keep up the fantastic work.

  18. Fantastic stuff all along Michael, my only wish would be more. Like maybe 4 articles a day or so. I can see where that might get in the way of the actual pitching though, so I’ll concede the thought. Regardless, few of us have had the experience you are having and hearing the thought process of an inning, or what goes on for the other 21 hours we don’t get to see on the field is a treat. I really appreciate you coming on and taking the time to do this and share with us.


  19. Mike,
    We all appreciate your contributions. You have picked excellent topics so far and delivered them tremendously. I certainly look forward to any of your articles and am always curious what topic you have chosen.

    One of the best articles I have ever read was your “An Awesomely Crazy 29 Hours”. I have told so many people about it. Anyone involved with sports – players, parents, friends – should absolutely love that story. I killed a few trees having to print it for some older folks I know. An incredible sequence and well delievered. It was meant to happen to you.

    I do not want to hear about ‘gossip’ or your opinions on players that may get you into “political correctness” problems, though we all appreciate first hand accounts. However, I find the baseball preparation stories to be the most intriguing. Basically, baseball stuff that does not appear on tv.
    For Example: How do you interact with coaches? How badly are players affected by their ‘role’ and how it changes? (Seems to be a lot of discussion at the Major League level on this topic.) How difficult is it to develop a new pitch? What kind of research do you do? (You mentioned your extensive use of video.) Ancedotes are always appreciated, like how do players get out of a slump or neat stories you hear about other players path into professional baseball.
    Thanks so very much,

  20. This may be somewhat off-topic, and I apologize if it is, but this seemed like the most appropriate place to post this:

    Morgan Ensberg has started a blog, and it looks like he gives insights like the ones Mr. Schwimer’s been nice enough to provide here. Figured as many of us have been loving Schwimer’s work, I’d point it out.

  21. I agree with Red Tornado the breakdown of your approach through the inning with video to reference was one of the best blog entries I’ve ever read. It’s what differentiates reading your posts from other bloggers, getting to sit in your head for an inning was a unique, informative experience.

    That said, your perspective on everything has been refreshing thus far.

  22. You’re doing a great job. I think the most impressive aspect of your blogging is your ability to cover such a vast array of aspects. The pitch-by-pitch breakdown of your mental approach to an AB (and the strategy therein), was a personal favorite of mine. Selfishly, my only suggestion/request would be that you post more often!

  23. Schwim, write whatever you want. All your articles are insightful in one way or another. You have a flare for writing… Good luck this year my man, and keep on, keep on trucking..?

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