The TJPA has been created by Tommy John and Garrett Berger to formally educate the youth of today about the art of pitching and most importantly to help prevent arm injuries. Mechanics are the foundation of a pitcher, while execution determines the success of the pitcher. We teach how to get batters out!
TJ had a 26-year major league career (288 wins), he is best remembered for his seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970s. He made appearances in the All-Star Game in 1968, 1978, 1979, and 1980. He played in all three Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series of his era (1977, 1978 and 1981).
On September 25th, 1974 TJ revolutionized the game along with Dr. Frank Jobe by having the "surgery", and although it seemed unlikely he would ever be able to pitch again, he spent the entire 1975 season in recovery. John would work with team mate and major league pitcher Mike Marshall who was said to know how to help pitchers recover from injuries. After a long and grueling rehabilitation, John returned to the mound with the Dodgers in 1976, completing 207 innings, recording 10 wins with a 3.09 ERA, and receiving both the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Fred Hutchinson Award for Outstanding Character and Courage. His 10-10 record that year was considered "miraculous" but John went on to pitch until 1989, winning 164 games after his surgery.
Garrett Berger was drafted as the 60th overall pick in the 2001 MLB Draft as the Florida Marlins 1st selection. He was a two sport athlete in high school, baseball and football, earning All-State honors in both sports. Garrett was the 2001 Gatorade State Player of the Year Indiana (baseball) and USA Today State Player of the Year (baseball).
In 2001, just 2 months after he was drafted, Garrett became yet another member of #tjszipperclub, having Tommy John surgery. Garrett spent 7 years bouncing around in the minors leagues and in 2007 and 2008 was reunited with TJ and pitched for Tommy in the Atlantic League with the Bridgeport Bluefish. Garrett has taught lessons for over 10 years and has spent time with some of the best coaches in the game learning pitching and teaching it to the youth of today.
Gatorade State Player of the Year Minnesota 1996.
All conference DH/P/2B at Furman University. Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Health and Exercise Science from Furman.
10 years of training experience of athletes and personal training.
7 years experience in Arpwave rehab protocols.
Owned and operated a baseball performance business where I logged over 11,000 baseball lessons in the skills of pitching, hitting and fielding.
Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in GA.