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5 Tools That Play Baseball

    5 Tools That Play Baseball We have all heard about the rarity of a 5 tool player.  Scouts spend countless hours scouring the globe for that diamond in the rough.  Below is a list of players that fall 4 tools short but none the less, bring their tool to every single game.   Skinny Tool This guy is ...

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5 Things For Pitchers To Consider Next Time On The Bump.

1. Throw your fastball until the hitter shows you that you have to throw something else.  “Ride it until she bucks you” 2.  Your fastball is more than just one pitch. Throw it inside, outside, elevate it, slow it down (yes I said that), and speed it up. 3.  Hitters are hitters.  It doesn’t matter what level you play, they ...

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What is your unique contribution to the team?

We all bring something unique to the table for our teams.  It might be speed, a powerful bat, or an arm angle that hitters hate.  Whatever our unique gift is, it’s important that we maximize it’s potential.  As baseball players we often focus on what we lack and what areas we need to improve on.  Heck, as human beings we ...

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Pitch Clocks Will Help Pitchers Dominate

The New Pitch Clocks Will Help Pitchers Dominate.  One word – Rhythm. Pitch clocks will be introduced this year in professional baseball at the Double A and Triple A levels.  The purpose of the clocks are obvious, to speed up the game.  How will this added feature impact the game other than getting it over with sooner?  I think that ...

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6 Characteristics of Natural Team Leaders in Youth Sports.

Every team in youth sports has a few standout athletes.  Usually those players are blessed with natural talent and playing ability but do they have what it takes to be a leader of the team?  Below are 6 characteristics of team leaders in sports.  Some of the best leaders are not always the most physically gifted but they are usually ...

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Holding Runners On Base

5 things a pitcher should think about when a hitter reaches base (after kicking the dirt) Thing #1 – Once he is on base you are NOT trying to get him out with a pick-off. You are just trying to keep him close to that base and away from the next one. You already had a chance to get him ...

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Where, When and How do I start the college recruiting process?

    The path to college for a baseball player can seem like an overwhelming and daunting endeavor.  Put your mind at ease and let this map provide you with a starting point.

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Crash Test Pitching Mechanics

What does a car crash test have to do with pitching mechanics? One of the most important requirements of good pitching mechanics is how the body and arm work to generate, shift, and exert energy.  I use the analogy of a crash test to demonstrate how the body starts, builds up, and releases its energy.  By no means am I ...

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The Batting Order – Not A Rating System

The batting order for a baseball team is not a rating or ranking scale of the best hitters to the worst hitters.  Players and parents often look at the lineup as a promotion or demotion based on performance.  A knowledgeable baseball coach will always try to seek a balanced lineup. Next time your having trouble accepting where you or your ...

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A Baseball Story

It was early fall 1994, I had just moved to Mesa, Arizona to pursue a college life filled with baseball and whatever shenanigans that might come.  Mesa was not my first choice in schools but a high school buddy talked me into going with him and trying out for the baseball team-so off we went.  We locked down a two ...

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