I received my copy of the Dick Mills/Brent Rushall book and am finding it to be a fascinating read. I highly recommend it even for the DM bashers out there.
What everyone needs to know about this book is that it really is NOT a Dick Mills book. In fact, I’d call it Brent Rushall’s book with Dick Mills adding a small component on pitching. Out of 9 “topics” in the book, the first 8 are by Rushall and only the 9th one is by Mills. Rushall = 85%, Mills = 15% by # of pages (approximated by me, not counted).
That being said, Rushall is making some very strong statements about the validity of most of the key research undertakings that baseball people have relied on for a long time. Those like DeRenne and ASMI on the effectiveness of using weighted balls to increase throwing velocities. He points out his reasons why they are not valid regarding their not adhering to scientific method and should therefore be seen as invalid for drawing conclusions.
He also speaks of training specificity and that baseball is just not getting it.
It’s a good read folks and it shakes the foundations of baseball coaching. So, remember, it’s NOT a Dick Mills book. It’s Rushall. Mills is just “along for the ride” for most of it.