Baseball Outside the Box

Hosted by Peter M. Caliendo, Former USA Baseball National Team Coach and Skills Development Coach.

Peter Caliendo

This show is for coaches of all levels, players and also parents that need to be better educated in their son’s or daughter’s development. After 35 plus years of coaching in baseball, from instructor at the world famous Mickey Owen Baseball School to national team coach to Independent professional baseball, Team USA and teaching around the world, I realized why I wanted to start The Inside Pitch. To give coaches the same opportunity I have had, to learn from the best coaches from all over the world.

April 16 – Jeremy Booth, Founder/CEO of Program 15 and President Baseball Operations New Balance Future Stars Series, brings an honest discussion about how we are losing players early on because they are being incorrectly developed and evaluated in many ways. How do we correct it? Jeremy has been working on this for many years.

April 15 – Tom House and Luke Collis are co-founders of Mustard, a new training app that harnesses a smartphone’s camera to guide the development of young athletes and democratize access to elite coaching. House has a 40-year history of coaching the mechanics of Hall of Famers across baseball. Collis, COO and Head of Product, explains why this app will help a player’s pitching game from the very beginning.

Click here to learn more about the Mustard app and request early access.

April 14 – Tyler Goodro of has worked with catchers of all levels and has some great innovative catching techniques and drills. If you want to learn where to start with a young catcher and how to work towards the big leagues, this episode is for you!

April 12 – Russell Hartford, USA Baseball Senior Director of Technology, discusses the performance testing and approval process that bats must go through in order to receive USABat certification; why USA Baseball decided to use bats which act exactly like wood bats; and more!

April 9 – Hawaii native Carl Iwasaki, head baseball coach at the University of Northern Colorado, joins the show! Iwasake talks about guys like Kolten Wong, Kurt Suzuki and others in MLB and why they made it big. Plus youth baseball in Hawaii, his Japanese heritage, and more.

April 7 – Former MLB Pitcher, Pitching Coach, Front Office Assistant GM joins Coach Caliendo to discuss pitching, the development of the game, and more.

April 5 – Dr. Bob discusses the epidemic in youth sports, parents, and overuse – physical and mental overuse, abuse, how to educate parents and coaches on these issues. There may be way too many games being played in youth baseball and why that’s a bad thing. Youth sports now a 20 billion dollar industry.

April 2 – Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN is the co-founder and Director of Sports Nutrition education for My Sports Dietitian (, an online sports nutrition education company that helps athletes of all levels improve their eating habits to enhance performance, recovery, and health through the guidance of a Licensed Sports Dietitian.

March 31 – Coach Caliendo is joined by Thomari Story-Harden & Clark Jones. They talk international baseball trips and why it’s great for building character; the state of Youth Baseball in the USA and what changes need to be made to help players long term development; keys to building a successful program at all levels; universal training; ways to help coaches get better; what things the COVID-19 pandemic has actually helped within the development of the game; and more.

March 30 – It’s all about learning from other sports and Peter Caliendo welcomes his childhood friend NHL Columbus Blue Jackets assistant coach Kenny McCudden to the show. McCudden started off as a stick boy with the Blackhawks and with determination, hard work, passion, and a willingness to consistently learn he made it in the NHL as a top coach and instructor.

March 29 – Former MLB catcher Jim Sundberg joins Peter Caliendo to chat about his time in the big leagues including the things he worked on that made him an all-star and his book “How to Win at Sports Parenting. Sundberg, now a motivational speaker, covers how to help parents with their kids in sports, coaching as a volunteer, coaching your own kid, and more. Plus, dealing with the failure as a coach, player, and parent.

March 26 – Having coached T-ball, Youth Baseball, High School and College, this is a must listen show. Jack McDowell a 3 time All Star, 2 time 20 game winner and Cy Young Award talks straight about the game today and his thoughts on developing young players.

March 24 – Learn about Serbian Baseball as they continue to look for ways to develop their grassroots and national team level. Listen to Nick Mitrovich who went to Serbia to play and became one of the national team coaches. We discuss from how baseball started, how they recruit players all the way to the national team program. Listen to how culture plays a role in how they deal with failure, get better and their work ethics. Not many players in the country but they can compete, why? Lots of USA coaches have been to Serbia to help and you can find out how you can help Serbian Baseball. You can learn how they raise money, gather equipment and more. Check out the Serbian Baseball Team on Facebook, here. Lots to learn from other countries on how to develop the game on and off the field.