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Video Blog, Throwing a Devastating Change Up

Posted by Kyle Nelson on January 18, 2016 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

CHANGE UP VIDEO LESSON

This video blog post discusses the importance of, and how to throw a change up at the youth and high school levels.  Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to collect your free "Throwing a Change Up Successchecklist

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Hitters: Quit Chopping Wood, Don't Go for Backspin

Posted by Will Laurence on December 20, 2015 at 4:37pm 2 Comments

Hitters: Quit Chopping Wood, Don’t Go for Backspin

Around little-league parks, and even on the back fields of certain schools and…

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The Rise of the Accidental Pitcher

Posted by Bill Stanton on October 5, 2015 at 10:45pm 2 Comments

The Rise of the Accidental Pitcher

The MLB playoffs showcase numerous former position players who took up pitching late and are now thriving…

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was a minor-league catcher in 2009 when a team official asked him to try pitching instead.
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The Secret To Japan's Little League Success: 10-Hour Practices

Posted by Markus Darnley on September 2, 2015 at 11:22am 9 Comments

The Secret To Japan's Little League Success: 10-Hour Practices

August 28, 2015 5:06 AM ET…
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Josh Donaldson on Hitting

Posted by Will Laurence on August 5, 2015 at 3:32pm 0 Comments

Josh Donaldson on Hitting

The hands seem so important when it comes to hitters, it’s fair…

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NCAA stats: Probability of competing beyond high school

Posted by Bill Stanton on March 12, 2014 at 10:00pm 4 Comments

Probability of competing beyond high school

Baseball:  About five in 75, or about 6.8 percent, of high school senior boys interscholastic baseball

players will go on to play men's baseball at a NCAA member institution.…

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Professional vs. Amateur Scout

Posted by Jalal Leach on January 2, 2010 at 12:15am 9 Comments

Professional vs. Amateur Scout



Recently I was hired as a Professional scout for the World Champions New York Yankees. Some of you may be asking what is the difference between the Professional scout and the more visible Amateur scout.



To explain it the Professional scout primarily observes current professional players in organizations from their Big League Club to their Single “A” Club. For example, if I’m given the San Francisco Giants to cover I will have to… Continue

23 Ways Youth Baseball Has Changed From When We Grew Up. By Jason Romano

Posted by Jason Romano on March 2, 2015 at 4:38pm 5 Comments

23 Ways Youth Baseball Has Changed From When We Grew Up.

By Jason Romano



1. We had Fundamentals. Why? Because we practiced more than we played.



2. We had Fun. Umpire said play ball. "We Played".



3. We had metal bats. Not aluminum, not air craft material. Just a metal green Easton.



4. We used the same glove for years...and loved it.



5. We carried our equipment bags. Nowadays it looks like these kids are getting on a plane. Rolling bat… Continue

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB

Posted by Bill Stanton on June 15, 2015 at 11:53am 14 Comments

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB

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Derrick Bonds

Started by Jasiak Bat Company in General Baseball. Last reply by Jasiak Bat Company on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Just inquireING if anyone knows how to contact Derrick Bonds of Area 51 billets and Naked bats?.Let me know please.ThanksContinue

Defensive Catcher needed in Southern NY MSBL. Westchester-Putnam-Rockland-Bronx Counties

Started by Kagan Hudayar in Teams Looking for Players. Last reply by Larry Cicchiello Jan 16. 3 Replies

Hello all:The White Plains Tigers - 2015 Westchester/Putnam MSBL champions are looking to add a catcher.  Division is 28+, but the team still has allowances available for players as young as 21.We…Continue

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Fundraising

Started by Joe Piombo in General Baseball. Last reply by Joe Piombo Jan 21. 14 Replies

Hello All,I was fortunate enough to be named the new head varsity baseball coach at the school I work at in Stockton, CA! After spending 10 years coaching in a very successful high school program…Continue

Have you tried a baseball bat sensor? Pros and cons? Advice?

Started by Sarah Bernier in General Baseball. Last reply by bill kenik Dec 12, 2015. 1 Reply

It seems to me like using a sensor is an incredible way to take the guess-work out of improving the baseball swing, since the feedback is measured and objective.It’s also tracked over time, so you…Continue

Edge Bat

Started by Zach Jacobs in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Zach Jacobs Jan 21. 3 Replies

Hey everyone,I am an avid baseball fanatic, played up through college ball and now enjoy the coaching aspect of the game. That being said, when it comes to working on my own swing or coaching others…Continue

Increase Flexibility and Mobility

Started by Bill Stanton in Exercise and Training. Last reply by Kyle Nelson Nov 28, 2015. 7 Replies

I could use some help with drills or a program to increase flexibility and mobility in baseball players. I have a great group of kids and their baseball skills are improving quickly.It's just that we…Continue

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4 Youth Bats for Sale

Started by Bill Stanton in Buy, Sell, Trade Nov 14, 2015. 0 Replies

4 Youth Bats for sale.Easton XL1. 28-18. 2/14 barrel. 1 year old. It was my son's second bat. Used sparingly. Super clean with Lizard Grip. $80. Louisville Slugger Assault. 28-15. 2/14 barrel. 2…Continue

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Any Advice on How to stop a player from being outfront, lunging whatever you want to call it, but not the typical out front.

Started by RodChapman in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Don Ervin Jan 21. 10 Replies

I have one high school player I am working with that I can not fix!  I have tried everything I can think of and nothing is working, doesn anyone have any ideas?  When this player loads, his body is…Continue

MSBL Sponsorship

Started by Anthony Fruhling in General Baseball Nov 6, 2015. 0 Replies

MSBL 25+ team looking for some sponsorship help for the 2016 tournament season.  Will be traveling to Las Vegas, NV , Phoenix, AZ , and Memphis, TN.  Any help or suggestions would be greatly…Continue

Responsibility

Started by David LeVine in General Baseball. Last reply by Bill Stanton Oct 17, 2015. 12 Replies

Murphy goes from 1st to 3rd on the walk.  Some blame the coaches.  I say the players are responsible since they are not kids and should know the ball is live and to be aware of the next play.Comments?Continue

 
 
 

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