Buying An Arm Style Pitching Machine

Posted on August 15, 2013

Which Master Pitching Machine Iron Mike Do I Buy?     Probably the greatest tools a team could want that will make the single biggest impact on a team of budding ballplayers, is a pitching machine & batting cage! If the arm style machine is your favorite style (I figure almost all 30 MLB teams use them), then the Iron Mike is your play! It is the original and it is the standard and has been manufactured by Master Pitching ...

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Bunt Young, Bunt Often

Posted on July 17, 2013

Bunting is a very big part of the game of baseball. And when a bunt is laid down the right way, it is very difficult to defend. I have always been big on bunting and feel it can be taught at a young age. There are basically two types of bunts: the square bunt and the pivot bunt. My preference is the pivot bunt because the players' just pivot and do not have to lift their feet. Once in a playoff game I had a player square bunt and he put ...

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Batting Fundamentals

Posted on July 17, 2013

1.   Don't grip your bat at the very end. Leave, say, an inch or two. Also, leave at least an inch or more space between your hands; that gives you balance and control of bat, and also keeps hands from interfering with each other during the swing. 2.   Take position at plate, especially against right-hand pitchers,back of plate, and against a man with a real curve, you can stay on back line of batting box. Now try to hit to right-cent...

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How to Avoid a Late Swing

Posted on July 17, 2013

Swinging late is often a problem with young players. One reason for swinging late involves the hitter not knowing where he is supposed to make contact with the ball. Many want to make contact over the plate instead of in front of it. Carrying the ball to the plate and having the hitter swing slowly, indicating where they want the bat to make contact with the ball, is a good way to show them to hit the ball out in front. Also, they should ...

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Stepping out generally begins because of a fear of the ball and may continue later simply because of habit. To help correct this habit, place a ball glove or something flat to the left of the hitter's stride area (for right-handers), so they know when they are stepping out. If the hitter realizes they are stepping out and continues doing it, they may have a balance problem. Have them lift their front heel off the ground during their stance ...

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How to Really Take a Level Swing

Posted on July 17, 2013

There is a lot of controversy concerning the angle of the bat when hitting a pitched ball. Based on watching film of great hitters and what has proved successful for the kids I work with (and in line with Ted Williams' approach to hitting), a level swing is not swinging the bat level with the ground. A level swing also only refers to the path of the bat head through the hitting zone, not the initial part of the swing involving the hands ...

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Perfecting the Stride

Posted on July 17, 2013

Young players need to practice their stride (or the little step taken before they swing the bat). The stride should be: 1.Straight. Unless they are using an open or closed stance, the stride should be at the pitcher. When opened or closed, the stride should put them in a position where their shoulders make a line pointing at the pitcher. 2. Short (especially for young players). Long strides make it difficult to keep the head relatively ...

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Effective Two-Strike Hitting

Posted on July 17, 2013

One of the most important areas of offensive baseball is the ability to make good contact with two strikes. The most successful pitchers have the ability to "turn it up a notch" when they have the hitter in a two-strike situation. Unfortunately, many hitters do not raise their level of competitiveness accordingly. Not only does a hitter need to make physical adjustments, but he must also turn up his mental focus to prepare for the upcoming ...

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Coaches always look for any edge to win a game, and one way to do that is to control the inside part of home plate. Whoever controls the inside part of the plate wins the game, not only for the pitcher, but also for the hitter, and this philosophy makes better hitters. Good pitchers need to come inside to keep hitters from extending too much and hitting the outside pitch. They can also jam hitters in key situations, getting weak ground outs ...

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Sliding

Posted on July 17, 2013

In starting these drills, it is assumed that no one has had formal instruction in sliding, that the players are poor sliders, amateur sliders and even "afraid" to slide. Basic to beginning instruction is finding a comfortable side for sliding, knowing how to land and using the bent-leg slide insuring safety so that injuries do not occur. A few ballplayers will find they are just as comfortable on either side; therefore, they should practice ...

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