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    Starting Strength, 3rd edition
    by Mark Rippetoe

About the Author

My pitching pedigree is nothing to write home about, having spanned a whopping 6.0 IP over 4 years as a relief pitcher at The University of Texas at Dallas. As a fringe player starved for playing time, I dedicated myself to learning everything I could to get better and move up the depth chart.

There was a natural progression through the internet starting with Dick Mills, followed by Dr. Mike Marshall, Chris O'Leary, and Paul Nyman. I read books by Tom House and Will Carroll. Reports of the gyroball led me to Kazushi Tezuka, and another blog introduced me to Dr. John Bagonzi.

I read the opinions of Alex Eisenberg and Carlos Gomez at The Hardball Times, and finally the work of Kyle Boddy who got me started on strength and conditioning.

Influenced mainly by Eric Cressey and the Cressey Performance crew (Tony Gentilcore, Brian St. Pierre, etc.), I have been studying athletic strength and conditioning for a few years. I also feel like I'm making some huge strides on the nutrition front as well.

Having previously earned a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from UTD, I have recently returned to school to study medicine. I am not an expert, but I have dedicated myself to an approach of continuing my education and of keeping my mind open in an effort to avoid taking anything for granted.

In my articles, I draw attention to my personal conclusions based on the research presented.  I do not claim to be unbiased, but I do my best to separate my opinions from the facts. My conclusions should not be accepted as facts, and I strongly encourage you read the science for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

I have coached several select baseball teams to national tournaments, spent a year as an assistant coach at my alma mater, and have worked with professional pitchers. My MLB resume includes internship-level work, video analysis, and professional scouting.