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  1. Antony Donskov
    March 30, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    Amazing story! Congrats on the fine accomplishment. What a PROUD moment.

  2. Darren Alomes
    March 30, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    Beautiful. Every coaches dream to coach an athlete like that.

  3. Domenic
    March 30, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    Great article! The improvement is remarkable, especially with the throwing speed, that is one of those physical abilities along with jumping that is widely assumed to be god-given, hard work paid off the put it mildly!

  4. Kevin
    March 30, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    I’ve been following Tim’s story and career on here for a while and it’s always been an inspiration. I was beyond excited when my Braves got him in the trade from Toronto (Billy Wagner 2.0, anyone?) and beyond bummed when they shipped him off to KC. Nonetheless, he’s definitely a player I admire and one I’ll be rooting for all year. Awesome to see all that hard work pay off!

  5. Ari
    March 30, 2011 - 7:34 pm

    I can’t wait to see Tim stick it to the Blue Jays every time he pitches against them to remind them of what they could have had!

  6. R Smith
    March 30, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    Eric,

    It’s remarkable that Tim was the first person I met when I visited CP. He was so cool, nice and accommodating that I was surprised to learn on this blog weeks later that he did not work there. Just a genuinely great guy, and one that we are all excited to see succeed.

    I AM a Royals fan. (My mom bought me a Royals shirt when I was six, and it kinda stuck with me.)

    BTW: Great piece of writing.

    RS

  7. Jon Goodman
    March 30, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    The fact he’s not on the Jays roster makes me very upset. Just think that our roster could very easily have had Collins, Halladay, and Lincecum. Oh well, we’ll have to take down the Yankees and Red Sox some other way.

  8. Paul J. Connolly
    March 30, 2011 - 10:21 pm

    This is GREAT stuff Eric!

  9. David Kusin
    March 30, 2011 - 10:44 pm

    Eric, congrats to Tim on his hard work! He really deserves a lot of credit. But I’m really not so surprised…he trained with the best in the business! I’m sure you’ll be turning out plenty more guys like this in the future. Keep being awesome.

  10. Luka Hocevar
    March 30, 2011 - 11:04 pm

    That is such a great story and I’m happy both for Tim and the whole CP team.
    Definitely passing this on to all my baseball guys to see not only that it can be done but that it can be done with class!

    Great job Tim, Eric and everyone at CP!

    Luka

  11. Jason
    March 30, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    This is great stuff! That’s an amazing transformation in both performance and physique! Its refreshing to see that Tim is such a stand up guy both on and off the field. Eric and Tim, congrats and great job! Looking forward to seeing Tim play this year.

  12. Chris Tombs
    March 31, 2011 - 12:51 am

    Fantastic story, truly inspirational to all aspiring athletes. Tim and just as importantly Cressey Performance deserve the success both parties richly have earned! Hopefully see you in Vegas I am going to be at NSCA conference!!

  13. Daniel Iaciofano
    March 31, 2011 - 2:49 am

    Great story Eric!

  14. James Brandenburg
    March 31, 2011 - 4:20 am

    My son and I met Tim at CP in Dec. 2009, and he made a great impression on us. Can’t wait to get up to KC and see him in a game, and we wish him all the success in the world! Congrats to everybody at CP and to Tim on his accomplishment–I hope it’s just the tip of the iceberg!

  15. Jason Hodges
    March 31, 2011 - 5:16 am

    As a lifelong Royals fan, I’m excited for Tim and the team.

  16. shama
    March 31, 2011 - 5:34 am

    congrats coach, job well done. i know there will be more disciples lining up at your door steps. congrats to a well deserving athlete too, Tim is the kind of spokesperson baseball needs right now. (or any sport for that matter). tc, sham

  17. Clement
    March 31, 2011 - 5:38 am

    Congratulation, Tim and Eric. You’ve showed many people the importance of commitment, hard work and strength and conditioning, even in today’s modern game. Talent or genetics isn’t everything.

  18. James Mee
    March 31, 2011 - 5:50 am

    Great Article!
    Can anyone help me = how can i work out my wattage based off my weight and VJ height (weight 280lbs, VJ 20″)??
    Cheers

  19. Keith
    March 31, 2011 - 5:57 am

    Eric/Tim:

    This is already the feel good story of the year!
    It has been fun and inspirational to watch this develop over the last couple of years. Your dedication and perseverance are qualities that we should all aim for.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Tim, best of luck and I’m going to pick you up for my fantasy team!
    When are you slated to pitch your first game?

  20. Hans Hageman
    March 31, 2011 - 6:30 am

    Congratulations! I enjoyed sharing this with my youngest son as a lesson and perseverance.

  21. Chris August
    March 31, 2011 - 7:08 am

    Eric,
    Congratulations to yourself and everyone @ Cressey Performance.The success of Tim is a tribute to what Cressey Performance can do for one who aspires to be in the Majors. It goes to show that hard work along with the right training program and guidance can lead to success.

  22. Rick Kaselj
    March 31, 2011 - 7:10 am

    EC,

    Very cool story!

    Look forward to some photos from the game.

    Rick Kaselj of http://ExercisesForInjuries.com

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  23. Ryan Wimble
    March 31, 2011 - 8:57 am

    Unbelievable story. The Major’s need more guys like this, Congrats Tim. Keep climbing the ladder!

  24. Mike
    March 31, 2011 - 9:01 am

    Great story.

    I put Tim and Youk on my fantasy team, just because I know where they trained all winter.

  25. Roland
    March 31, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Tim & Eric,

    You did what others dream. Awesome work.

    Thanks guys!

  26. Jilligan
    March 31, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Thanks so much for sharing his story, what a great piece of writing!

  27. bmcginty
    March 31, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Applied sound training, great attitude, almost always yields great results but the training atmosphere and expertise is what shines through here congratulations to CP

  28. Juan Jose Tovar
    March 31, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Congratulations Im happy for you guys.
    As an example of a baseball player who has given a lot to his comunity I will like to name Edgar Renteria from the Cincinnati Reds. Hes from my country Colombia where he has helped the homeless a lot especially the children.

  29. Jeff Blair
    March 31, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Great story, Eric-congratulations and enjoy!

  30. Lisa
    March 31, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    I can honestly say that I am not a baseball fan, but after reading this, I will be cheering for the Royals. Loved the article.

  31. Rich T.
    March 31, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Great story! Gotta love the underdogs! The baseball version of the movie “Rudy” could be in the works!

    The fact that only 3% of players drafted make it to the big leagues makes it all the more impressive! Never knew the number was that small.

  32. Ron
    March 31, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    Congrats- great job on your part and tremendous work by Tim. I hope he has a long and great career.

  33. Mark
    March 31, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Kansas City is excited to have him. A lot of positive buzz surrounding him and his great story. Hope you enjoy the game.

  34. Alex Katsanos
    March 31, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Heartwarming Coach Cressey…I usually don’t comment but you must be proud. Congratulations!

  35. Doug F
    March 31, 2011 - 10:09 pm

    Eric
    Great story and thanks for posting someone who others can look up to. I get pretty frustrated with all of these “anti-heros” being given so much media time.

    Great for the kids to look up to someone like Tim!

  36. Doug F
    March 31, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    Eric
    Great story and thanks for posting someone who others can look up to. I get pretty frustrated with all of these “anti-heroes” being given so much media time.

    What I also experienced beyond the great training at CP was the environment you set up. Everyone there was well mannered and pleasant. It was a far cry from other gyms I have seen. You and Tony deserve a lot of credit.

    Great for the kids to look up to someone like Tim!

  37. Ryan Christie
    April 1, 2011 - 6:00 am

    Great post Coach Cressey! Really inspirational and that is the reason that we are in this business, to help change lives. All the best to Tim with the Royals!

  38. kel
    April 1, 2011 - 6:13 am

    I love a story about another lil Rhody-er!

    This is the website I use to stay in shape!

    http://ultimateathleticfitness.com/

  39. Dave
    April 1, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    Did you see the kid have a great out in the home opener? Congratulations to all who helped him along his journey.

  40. Jason - Core Routine
    April 2, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Loved the post. Great inspiration. Congratulations.

  41. kyle
    April 3, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    GREAT job Eric! and gooooooooo Tim!!!!!!!

  42. Jim Delaney
    April 28, 2011 - 11:26 am

    Eric,
    I showed this story to my 2 kids, and they were very impressed. There was an article in last Sunday’s New York Times on Tim Collins. Here is the link. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/sports/baseball/24pitcher.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=tim%20collins%20baseball&st=cse

    On a separate note, I wanted to ask you a question regarding my own 2 kids (a daughter 14 and a son 12). They both play AAU basketball about 10 months of the year and my son also plays travel baseball. Is it ok for them to start some sort of a weightlifting program for both their upper and lower body? Thanks for your help

    Jim Delaney

  43. Don Ervin
    August 5, 2013 - 7:37 am

    The best of luck to “TIM COLLINS” When I first observed Tim pitching I said “OUCH” how has his arm lasted this long? due to the fact that his first move from the rubber was a big deep squat of his hips along with a deep collapse of his drive foot ankle and knee which kills the initial linear movement due to the fact that the pitchers first movement at the peak of the knee lift should be linear, moving the hips forward with the stride foot and leg following, most pitchers at all levels start out just the opposite by first striding with the stride foot then following with the hips thus leaving the arm to execute the majority of the body’s physical throwing energy.
    Hey Eric Tim certainly did come out of his sessions with you better built and throwing with more velocity but his body mechanics still need to be improved.
    The pitchers body in motion/movement from the rubber to it’s final flat back follow through position should function within a series of sequenced,chained reactive body movements to be executed at the proper time and in their proper sequence, compliments of Dr. Andrews and his associates through their scientific research.
    Eric, keep up the great work that you do.
    Don Ervin
    dfervin32@yahoo.com

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