ROBIN ALLEMAND, who runs MLB's development team in Beijing, has co-created Coached App, which lets anyone submit pitching or hitting videos and receive a critique within three days from a current MLB coach or former player. It's a handy tool for aspiring big leaguers, and it leads to speculation about other ways average Joes could tap into the knowledge of the pros. (Consider the following ideas copyrighted.)
THE CLICHÉ GENERATOR
Anxious about a meeting? Pop in an earpiece, open the app and live-chat with your choice of retired athletes who will feed you meaningless nonstatements. Settings include bore, deflect and philosophize. At the end of the day, it is what it is.
TD/SACK DANCE MASTER
Fresh off his appearance on Dancing With the Stars, Von Miller offers how-to videos and a projected guide for your feet to follow. Miller shows you how to slow it down or hit the gas! The moves are sweet, but like Miller's DWTS run, the app self-destructs after seven weeks.
FIND MY FERRARI
Is your Italian sportster missing? This app reaches out to Floyd Mayweather, who has so many cars, it's impossible to keep track of them without technological help. He may not find your car, but he will soothe you with tales of money he's tossed away on his collection.
THE DIGITAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Pesky lawsuit? Divorce? Caught inhaling into a gas mask? The DDA will bid out your defense to a group of damage-control experts and ambulance chasers while tweeting out rumors claiming you were hacked/took protein powder/loved too much, and then point the finger at Johnny Manziel.
THEY SAID IT
"JUST THANKFUL I HAD A SHIRT THIS TIME."
Free-agent QB's quickly deleted tweet about the mug shot released after he was booked on a misdemeanor assault charge on May 4, referencing the shirtless pic that followed his 2012 arrest for fighting and presenting a fake ID.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Hawks guard Kent Bazemore fell asleep on the bench during his team's 123--98 loss to the Cavs on May 3.
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