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28 Ways Pitching Prepares You for Life

Posted by Phil R. on November 20, 2013 at 1:54pm 5 Comments

This post was originally posted on my pitching website, BetterPitching.com:

28 Ways Pitching Better Prepares You for Life

 

 

At the end of the long season, it's always a good idea to take a step back and look at the big picture. Give yourself some time to recharge and take stock of where you're at in your career (and in your…

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What Happened to the Overhand Curveball?

Posted by Grant Clifford on August 7, 2014 at 12:02pm 12 Comments

Decline of the Curve

Curveball1 Many have tried, but few have mastered the art of throwing a devastating overhand curveball. Now, the cutter is king.

By Pat Jordan

Three major league scouts were talking over lunch, in…

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Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help

Posted by Bill Stanton on August 9, 2014 at 5:00pm 7 Comments

Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help



By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press | August 7, 2014



I just returned from Hall of Fame induction weekend, where I find that my cronies and I are slowly becoming the older generation of the membership.



Most of us are in our 60s, having made our mark on the game in the late 1970s and '80s. Like any club or fraternity, the Hall's…

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The real reason pitchers get injured

Posted by Bill Stanton on August 14, 2014 at 10:30am 20 Comments

The real reason pitchers get injured

August, 13, 2014
Matt Buschmann AP Photo/Gregory…
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A Passion....

Posted by Nick Renault on March 31, 2009 at 1:31pm 10 Comments



In writing this essay, I was forced to take a hard examination of my passion for the game of baseball, and for giving back to the children. It turns out, it is far more accurate to say that I am paying back, not giving back.



I grew up in a very poor family. There was always food on the table, and some sort of roof over my head, but things like baseball equipment were definitely considered a luxury. New equipment was considered a… Continue

Pitchman: How Tom Emanski changed the sport of baseball — and then disappeared

Posted by Markus Darnley on July 17, 2014 at 2:19pm 2 Comments

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The "Conceptuality" of Pitching

Posted by Jonah Bayliss on July 17, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

At a certain point in your pitching development, you're going to have to start thinking outside the box if you wish to continue improving.

I’d like to take a moment to dive into some abstract thinking.  Generally, when I teach pitching, I start with a 5 phase approach consisting of very basic principals.  I wrote a 2 piece series on those 5 phases that can be found…

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The 5 Magic Words, And Only Words, My Son Will Hear From Me Until He's 12 or 13 yrs. Old!

Posted by Lantz Wheeler on June 16, 2014 at 5:42pm 0 Comments

Call me biased, but I'm trying to give my son an unfair advantage!  

My goal is to place him in a win/win situation every time he steps on the field!  

How am I going to do that?  

Keep my mouth shut, get out of the way and repeat these 5 words over and over!  

http://baseballthinktank.com/praise-the-intent-not-the-results/

Get Lucky!

Posted by Jonah Bayliss on June 26, 2014 at 9:45am 0 Comments

Ever wonder what it takes to be a Major League baseball player?   Or maybe you've wondered what it takes just to be



 drafted.  



The answer, unfortunately for everyone, is not quite that simple.  I can tell you, however, that no matter what your dreams may be, it will not be handed to you.  

What you desire does not come without hard…

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Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

Posted by Will Laurence on May 29, 2014 at 11:44am 50 Comments

Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

By David Mendell, Published: May 23, 2014 Washington Post

David Mendell, a freelance writer and former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, coaches Oak Park Youth Baseball outside Chicago.

The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong…

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"Play The Game The Right Way" (Jeter - Konerko)

With Derek Jeter and Paul Konerko retiring from MLB this week, you hear the phrase "he played the game the right way" quite a bit.I hear many coaches and players say "you need to play the game the right way." It gets thrown around A LOT.  It seems a bit cliche' at times and depending on who is saying it, hypocritical. It's such a broad statement to make since baseball has so many elements within the game.What does "play the game the right way" mean to you?…See More
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Need Arm for Arizona MSBL World Series 35+ Oct 19-26

Started by Scott Paltos in General Baseball on Thursday. 0 Replies

We just had one of our arms go down with a family issue.  We are looking to add another arm to replace him as one of our strong arms.  If a position player as well, that is great, we do not carry a…Continue

Skills Competition

Started by Bill Stanton in Drills and Practice. Last reply by Bill Stanton 13 hours ago. 11 Replies

I'm trying to find ways to mix up our 8U team practices.  I was thinking of setting up a "Skills Competition" for the kids.  Football has "punt-pass-kick".I want to do Run-Throw-Hit type drills where…Continue

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Beach Collegiate Baseball League Team looking for players Summer 2015

Started by Phil McClure in Teams Looking for Players Sep 22. 0 Replies

I am the head coach of the Windy Hill Whales and I am in the recruiting process for summer 2015.  Last summer my team was just under .500 but lost to the BCBL runner-up in the playoffs.  My team was…Continue

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Marketing Research Project on Protective Headgear for Pitchers

Started by Sawyer Bowen in General Baseball. Last reply by Sawyer Bowen on Sunday. 1 Reply

Hello all Checkswing members. Most of you know me, as I have been a member of the website for quite some time, and have conversed with many of you by discussing baseball among other topics. I'm…Continue

Training Like a Pro

Started by Mike in Exercise and Training Sep 20. 0 Replies

I am making a challenge for CS members. Try to design a full day (no work or school) worth of baseball training. Try to design what would go on during a full days worth of baseball training, like how…Continue

The WBL is Signing Players for 2015

Started by VMarlins in General Baseball Sep 18. 0 Replies

 College, Pre-College, International, and free agents are invited to contact us about the new leagues of the WBL.  For now go visit www.vmarlins.com for all…Continue

Cutoffs on 60 foot diamond?

Started by Bill Stanton in Pitching, Fielding, and Defense. Last reply by Jordan Krolick Sep 9. 6 Replies

How are you handling cutoffs on the small, 60 foot diamond?Space is limited. I am talking about throwing to home plate from the outfield.Do you have the 3B take the cut from left field and the 1B…Continue

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Throwing

Started by Mike in Pitching, Fielding, and Defense. Last reply by Kagan Hudayar Sep 15. 13 Replies

Hello CS Members. I am currently an outfielder and I am looking to build some throwing strength. I currently have an average arm but it definitely could be better. If anyone has some advice on…Continue

Fall Ball ideas?

Started by Jose M Hernandez in General Baseball. Last reply by Don Ervin Aug 24. 4 Replies

"I am managing a Fall-Ball baseball team for 13-14 yr olds. Any ideas on warm-ups, drills or anything to help would be greatly appreciated."Continue

Upgrading from a 32" to a 33" - HELP

Started by Avery Jennings in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Tim Belk Aug 22. 4 Replies

Hi, I am a Junior in High School and I have been considering upgrading from a 32" bat to a 33". I am 5'11" and 175 lbs. I don't know if the following info helps, but my exit velocity off a tee with a…Continue

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