The man who turned Jays reliever Steve Delabar into all-star

Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar had an excellent 2013 season after undergoing arm-strengthening...

Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar had an excellent 2013 season after undergoing arm-strengthening techniques. (Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 AM ET

TORONTO - Blue Jays fans know the hard-throwing all-star reliever as Steve Delabar.

To the man on the stage he was — and is — Stevie Delabar ... for he knew him when.

Even before when.

“Stevie was the ninth player in our program,” Joe Newton told coaches at the recent Best Ever coaching clinic in Toronto. “Stevie had a metal plate in his right elbow with nine pins.

“By the end of the first year I, had 19 participants, then it was 300, then 1,200 and we should be about 6,000 this year.”

Newton owns the Players’ Dugout in Elizabethtown, Ky., where Delabar learned the weighted ball Velocity Program, throwing balls weighing three-to-12 ounces to strengthen his arm.

Tom House, the former Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers pitching coach, who runs an academy in Southern California, formed a partnership with Newton. The velocity program began four years ago with former college coach Jamie Evans also heavily involved.


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