Why Hitting Prospects Fail This article will explain how a talented hitter fails in professional baseball, and why the system is inadequate to help him. Joe Linedrive leads the SEC in home runs, RBI, and is second in batting average. Joe is a top draft choice. He signs a bonus contract. The club has indicated that he is their third baseman of the future. Joe's first year in pro ball is not a disappointment, but it isn't all the club ...

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Lost Secrets of Hitting

Posted on July 17, 2013

Going for home runs, too many modern players pile up strikeouts instead of making contact with the pitch! It was a monumental find. While pursuing my lifelong study of the skill of hitting, I discovered some old, dusty 16 mm film footage of the great hitters of yesterday. One was titled, "Hitting Stars of 1943." It featured Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter, Dixie Walker, Ralph Kiner, Pete Reiser, Joe DiMaggio and at least a dozen ...

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How To Choose A Wood Baseball Bat

Posted on July 17, 2013

Note: There is a glossary of bat terms at the end of this article Most players today (other than those who are being paid to play) are new to the ways of wood baseball bats. I've included some basic knowledge on the subject for the serious player and his coaches who are realizing that to get to the next level you need to train with wood. More importantly, here's some straight advice on how to choose the right bat and get the most for ...

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Real Players Hit With Wood

Posted on July 17, 2013

Let me say this up front. I do not like aluminum bats . . . but I'll win with them. Practice with wood . . . and you'll win with aluminum. It's really very simple. An aluminum bat swing can be mechanically flawed but still get results. Inflated averages & power numbers abound with huge aluminum sweet spots & tricked-out metal alloys! But eventually bigger fields and better pitching eliminates many aluminum bat hitters well before ...

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Hitting Simplification

Posted on July 17, 2013

THEORY The hitter is more successful if he. 1.  Knows what pitch is coming 2.  Knows what the action of these pitchers are 3.  Knows the pitcher's tendencies in a given situation INITIAL OBSERVATION 1.  Observe the pitcher warming up in the bullpen prior to the game. Train your eye. Take note of the movement of his fastball, angle of the release, movement of the breaking ball, timing of the motion, and repertoire of pitches. 2.  ...

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At Junction City High, we find ourselves constantly "playing from behind" with regard to the skill development of our athletes, since our community is so transient in terms of population. As a result, we spend a great deal of time establishing a workable base of fundamental skills to which we refer. Our overall offensive philosophy is to "play to our strengths, while creating weakness in the opposition." We do this in a variety of ways, both ...

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In all of sports hitting a round ball with a rounded bat is said to be the toughest thing to do. It might be true, it might not, but I can tell you that the difference in Major League Baseball between $2 million per year and pumping gas at a Texaco station could be as little as 30 more hits a year. So, it sure is not easy! Think about that for a second. 500 at bats and 150 hits, and you are hitting .300. 500 at bats and 120 hits, and you ...

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Successful Hitters Always Have a Plan

Posted on July 17, 2013

Here are some thoughts on the above topic from a buddy of mine. The guy's name is Steve Springer. "If baseball is 90% mental, why do we work on it less than 10% of the time?" "You cannot control getting a hit, but you can control hitting the ball hard!" Who Is This Guy? Springer isn't just another "dry jock" (a not-so-flattering term given to many broadcasters who never played the game). No, this guy logged over 7,000 pro AB's with 11 ...

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Ever notice how some teams who play close games end up winning those games in the late innings at the plate. Good teams who are coached right and do the right things tend to win those close games late. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to teach your hitters on how to win the battle at the plate late. 1. The pitcher has to pitch to the batter. He is the one who needs to throw strikes, and that is where the battle begins. Pitchers want to ...

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Learning to Be Your Own Batting Coach

Posted on July 17, 2013

Use checkpoints to stop at given points of the swing to observe & correct yourself. NOTE: Learn to check yourself from the feet up.every time. This will keep you from missing certain parts of the swing and more easily allow you to remember all details. Rest Position - How does it look, how does it feel? Are you comfortable? Is your weight about 40% front foot and 60% back foot? Are you on the balls of your feet with your weight ...

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