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The new standard in baseball development and performance.

The new standard in baseball development and performance.

The first high performance baseball facility in Toronto dedicated to helping both athletes and coaches in the sport of baseball realize their full potential by combining training, research and manual therapy.

Our Philosophy

The BDG believes that optimal development requires a comprehensive model founded in principles of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, & motor behaviour.

We understand that every athlete is unique, and thus every athlete requires an individualized approachThis starts with a thorough clinical assessment of the athlete’s health & physical fitness, injury history, joint function & movement quality, and skill-specific movement analysis.

We use this information coupled with ongoing assessments & monitoring strategies to direct targeted interventions at specific limitations to health, function, and performance. Depending on the athlete’s needs, this may include manual therapy, joint preparation, specific strength enhancement, or biomechanical adjustments.

Optimal development occurs when a team of professionals, unified under a singular model of health & performance, work together to deliver the best possible care.

That is the future of baseball performance.

Meet our Founder

Dr. Stephen Osterer – DC, CSCS

Founder

Dr. Stephen Osterer holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. While pitching for the Big Red baseball team he developed a strong passion for manual therapy, rehabilitation, and sports performance. The concept of combining these led him to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) where he completed a Doctorate of Chiropractic graduating Cum Laude with clinical honors

Now a Pitching Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, Stephen founded BDG in 2017 with the mission to create Toronto’s first integrated high-performance training facility.

Internationally recognized as one of the forefront thinkers on performance therapy and pitching development Stephen has been a presenter at Pitch-a-Palooza and Bridge the Gap and consulted with various MLB and NCAA teams before taking a full-time position with the Indians.

 

The rising tide of arm injuries that we’re seeing in baseball isn’t just frustrating. For Stephen, it’s personal. 

Dr. Stephen Osterer – DC, CSCS

Founder

Dr. Stephen Osterer holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. While pitching for the Big Red baseball team he developed a strong passion for manual therapy, rehabilitation, and sports performance. The concept of combining these led him to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) where he completed a Doctorate of Chiropractic graduating Cum Laude with clinical honors

Now a Pitching Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, Stephen founded BDG in 2017 with the mission to create Toronto’s first integrated high-performance training facility.

Internationally recognized as one of the forefront thinkers on performance therapy and pitching development Stephen has been a presenter at Pitch-a-Palooza and Bridge the Gap and consulted with various MLB and NCAA teams before taking a full-time position with the Indians.

 

The rising tide of arm injuries that we’re seeing in baseball isn’t just frustrating. For Stephen, it’s personal. 

Current BDG Leadership

Dr. Tyler Dobos is back at BDG after a year-long sabbatical in Germany, where he was working with a professional volleyball team as the head strength coach. 

Tyler grew up playing baseball in Abbotsford BC, where he pitched for the Cardinals in the BCPBL. He would later attend UBC on an academic scholarship and spent his freshman year training with the Thunderbirds practice squad. Shoulder discomfort would hamper his ability to pitch throughout the entire year, however.

This inability to throw without pain led to several referrals to Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Sports Doc’s, which eventually culminated in a shoulder MR Arthrogram – revealing posterior tearing and degeneration of the labrum. 

Several failed rehabilitation attempts later, after retiring from pitching, Tyler spent a year in Nanaimo where he made the transition to coaching. Here, he served as the assistant coach for the BCJPBL Pirates and would spend most of his time working with the pitchers. Throughout his tenure, he realized he could easily establish connections with players on the field, but saw that they were missing a key component off the field: a good therapist and strength coach.  

Recognizing he could have a future helping players both on and off the diamond, Tyler would finish his studies at UBC, and in 2015 he began studying Chiropractic at CMCC in Toronto. Midway through his degree, he began a strength and conditioning internship at BDG, under the careful guidance of Dr. Stephen Osterer. Tyler was the first hire by BDG. 

By the time graduation rolled around, Dr. Dobos had filled several roles at BDG, including: strength and conditioning coach, pitching coach, and head camp instructor. He had worked with players of all ages and skill, from the youth to professional level. Throughout his journey, Tyler also obtained various certifications in the FRS system, the DNS system, and the AMA system. 

Dr. Dobos is also slated to begin a Master’s degree at Brock University this fall, where he will be studying applied health sciences, in a baseball-related field.

With Steve venturing into a full-time role with the Indians, Tyler will be stepping into his shoes, ensuring that BDG continues pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a Canadian training facility. 

Dr. Tyler Dobos – DC, CSCS

Director of Therapeutics and Strength & Conditioning 

Dr. Tyler Dobos – DC, CSCS

Director of Therapeutics and Strength & Conditioning 

Dr. Tyler Dobos is back at BDG after a year-long sabbatical in Germany, where he was working with a professional volleyball team as the head strength coach. 

Tyler grew up playing baseball in Abbotsford BC, where he pitched for the Cardinals in the BCPBL. He would later attend UBC on an academic scholarship and spent his freshman year training with the Thunderbirds practice squad. Shoulder discomfort would hamper his ability to pitch throughout the entire year, however.

This inability to throw without pain led to several referrals to Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Sports Doc’s, which eventually culminated in a shoulder MR Arthrogram – revealing posterior tearing and degeneration of the labrum. 

Several failed rehabilitation attempts later, after retiring from pitching, Tyler spent a year in Nanaimo where he made the transition to coaching. Here, he served as the assistant coach for the BCJPBL Pirates and would spend most of his time working with the pitchers. Throughout his tenure, he realized he could easily establish connections with players on the field, but saw that they were missing a key component off the field: a good therapist and strength coach.  

Recognizing he could have a future helping players both on and off the diamond, Tyler would finish his studies at UBC, and in 2015 he began studying Chiropractic at CMCC in Toronto. Midway through his degree, he began a strength and conditioning internship at BDG, under the careful guidance of Dr. Stephen Osterer. Tyler was the first hire by BDG. 

By the time graduation rolled around, Dr. Dobos had filled several roles at BDG, including: strength and conditioning coach, pitching coach, and head camp instructor. He had worked with players of all ages and skill, from the youth to professional level. Throughout his journey, Tyler also obtained various certifications in the FRS system, the DNS system, and the AMA system. 

Dr. Dobos is also slated to begin a Master’s degree at Brock University this fall, where he will be studying applied health sciences, in a baseball-related field.

With Steve venturing into a full-time role with the Indians, Tyler will be stepping into his shoes, ensuring that BDG continues pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a Canadian training facility. 

Lennon Richards

Director of Pitching

An understudy of Dr. Osterer, Lennon has quickly become one of the brightest young coaches in the game.

Having a passion for learning, he currently holds numerous certifications from the likes of Driveline Baseball, ALTIS, etc, with plans to diversify his skillset by diving into the realm of Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Functional Range Assessment (FRA) more formally.

An active member of Pitching Twitter, Lennon often shares insight into the world of pitching performance and development. As a visible and respected contributor to pitching conversations, he was invited to participate in the Xpert Summit, a live debate featuring some of the finest follows on the platform.

Before his time at BDG, Lennon coached various levels of youth travel ball implementing the latest pitching development strategies and sharing his athlete’s progress and his journey as a coach through a blog under the domain richrdsbaseball.com.

Lennon found his passion for player development as a young player when he was first introduced to baseball development at a facility in his hometown. It was there, in the back of an industrial complex that he endured the grueling process of transforming himself from a 100lb soaking wet house league player into a Collegiate athlete over the course of a six-year journey.

It would also later become the staging ground for his discovery of pitching performance as he converted from catching to pitching while sitting out in the spring of his Freshmen year at College.

That six-month stretch would become one of the most influential moments in his career and the foundation of his eventual decision to drop out of school to pursue a career in coaching.

After managing to walk-on to his second Collegiate roster in the two years, Lennon struggled to perform at a level he desired. Continuing to search for every possible avenue for development, he would end up waking up one day and realizing he had become more coach than player, and his love of the game and obsession with development naturally began to shift to helping other athletes.

Through a continous process of learrning, questioning, and evolving, Lennon’s mission is to provide athletes the guidance he wished he had as a player.

Lennon Richards

Director of Pitching

An understudy of Dr. Osterer, Lennon has quickly become one of the brightest young coaches in the game.

Having a passion for learning, he currently holds numerous certifications from the likes of Driveline Baseball, ALTIS, etc, with plans to diversify his skillset by diving into the realm of Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Functional Range Assessment (FRA) more formally.

An active member of Pitching Twitter, Lennon often shares insight into the world of pitching performance and development. As a visible and respected contributor to pitching conversations, he was invited to participate in the Xpert Summit, a live debate featuring some of the finest follows on the platform.

Before his time at BDG, Lennon coached various levels of youth travel ball implementing the latest pitching development strategies and sharing his athlete’s progress and his journey as a coach through a blog under the domain richrdsbaseball.com.

Lennon found his passion for player development as a young player when he was first introduced to baseball development at a facility in his hometown. It was there, in the back of an industrial complex that he endured the grueling process of transforming himself from a 100lb soaking wet house league player into a Collegiate athlete over the course of a six-year journey.

It would also later become the staging ground for his discovery of pitching performance as he converted from catching to pitching while sitting out in the spring of his Freshmen year at College.

That six-month stretch would become one of the most influential moments in his career and the foundation of his eventual decision to drop out of school to pursue a career in coaching.

After managing to walk-on to his second Collegiate roster in the two years, Lennon struggled to perform at a level he desired. Continuing to search for every possible avenue for development, he would end up waking up one day and realizing he had become more coach than player, and his love of the game and obsession with development naturally began to shift to helping other athletes.

Through a continous process of learrning, questioning, and evolving, Lennon’s mission is to provide athletes the guidance he wished he had as a player.

Our Facility

Baseball Facility Toronto

The Baseball Development Group works out of a brand new 5,500 square foot facility. The space includes two batting cages, a massive live throwing area with a 40ft Plyo Wall, and a fully equipped high performance gym.

Our goal was to provide players with everything they need to get to the next level; radar guns and LED display boards for immediate feedback, Rapsodo pitching for data on spin rate and pitch efficiency, Motus sleeves to capture elbow stress, PUSH bands to track bar speeds, a HitTrax for batted ball data, and so much more.

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