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Showcase : : Story jumps in with PG
Jeff Dahn        
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Kevin Barr is in his 19th year working in Major League Baseball as a strength and conditioning coordinator, his 10th with the Tampa Bay Rays. He started his career in 1994 with the Florida Marlins, moved on to the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds before returning to the Marlins for one year. His reputation in the field is unmatched and unchallenged; in 2009, he received the Nolan Ryan Award that recognizes the MLB Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year.

It should perhaps also be noted that Barr was a four-year letterman in the University of Toledo baseball program and served one year (1993) as the strength and conditioning graduate assistant for the Ohio State University football team.

In June, 2011, Barr launched his own website called (The Baseball Resource). and Perfect Game are also announcing a working agreement that should further enhance Barr’s ability to share what he’s learned with today’s young players and their parents.

I’ve had the same questions presented to me by amateur (baseball) parents and coaches for years,” Barr said of what prompted him to launch the site. “I started compiling categories of topics where I knew I could help people, and my area of expertise is obviously strength and conditioning; I know everybody in the community is looking for the same information.

I wanted to create a community where everyone could come and find everything they needed in one clean, non-advertising-cluttered place.”

Those repeated questions led to the creation of website where Barr has put his vision to work. The site is clean and non-cluttered and includes sections that offer information on subjects such as “What Pro Scouts Evaluate”; “Pro Scouting Guidelines” and “Scholarships & Recruiting”. There is also a “Baseball Community Directory” which is dedicated to “connecting parents, coaches and players with college baseball programs, professional scouts and companies that can assist them.”

Visitors to the site are required to pay a membership fee in order to access the "Baseball Training" section that utilizes Barr’s expertise: “Athletic-Development and Injury-Prevention Programs.”

Barr is going to begin working closely with Perfect Game and its website,, in an arrangement that will help "Freinds of PG" and to save some money.

He will provide Perfect Game with weekly online articles and video clips dealing with baseball-specific strength and conditioning and will also provide a link to that will enable users to sign-up for a one-year membership for $50.00, $30 off the regular one-year price.  For less than the cost of one hitting or pitching lesson, users will have unlimited year-round access to the same athletic development and injury prevention programs and drills used by professional baseball players.

Right out of the gate I thought it was perfect fit,” he said of the relationship with PG. “I’m a huge fan of (Perfect Game) and what it represents – they’re in it for the long-haul and they’re honest people, and that’s how I am. I’m extremely excited to be a partner with Perfect Game.”

Barr certainly has cemented his reputation with a legion of major-leaguers who attest to his methods. There are testimonials on, including the following words from the Rays’ three-time MLB All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria:

Kevin Barr and I work closely together to make the daily adjustments for maintaining the strength, power, speed and agility necessary for playing at a high level during spring training, the regular season and the postseason. I know that will help you to achieve ALL of your baseball goals.”
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