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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…


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…


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…

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


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…


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!

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


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…


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…


The Beauty of Hard Work Is That ANYONE Can Do It

Posted by Jonah Bayliss on May 13, 2014 at 7:30am 4 Comments

All around the country, even the world for that matter, there are baseball players of all difference molds.  There are big, "country-strong" hitters wielding logs for bats and crushing baseballs, and then you have little pesky hitters with exceptional eye-hand abilities, you know, the ones that are impossible to strike out.  

Some Pitchers are tall, lanky, wiry, or however you want to describe them, but they resemble someone out of a Tim Burton movie.  You also have your "big…


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"My comment was so long ago that I can't remember if I was being skeptical of this teaching method. The exclamation point behind my sentence leads me to believe that I was praising his ability. Maybe I don't think the average player can…"
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Fall Ball ideas?

Started by Jose M Hernandez in General Baseball. Last reply by Don Ervin on Sunday. 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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Measuring Baseball Players

Started by Mike in Exercise and Training. Last reply by Kyle Nelson Aug 20. 9 Replies

I was wondering for the purposes of goal setting and curiosity. What are the measurements physically for an above average high school underclassmen. I am wondering what the average: ht-wt; bench;…Continue

Looking to play in the independent league or oversees

Started by Thomas Cloonen in Players Looking for a Team Aug 17. 0 Replies

23 year old outfielder looking to play independent ball or go oversees I have no problem relocating oversees

Putnam Braves Seeking Players for 15U Fall Ball 2014

Started by Gordon A. Moccio in Teams Looking for Players Aug 15. 0 Replies

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Wood Bats

Started by Mike in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Thomas Bednark Aug 23. 4 Replies

Hello all, I am a high school player looking for any people that make wood bats that can be purchased online. If anybody on here works for somewhere that makes wood bats at a -3 drop (32-29 or…Continue

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Wood Bat Usage

Started by Dan in Equipment/Uniform recommendations. Last reply by Dan Aug 14. 18 Replies

Hello I am new to this forum. I have a question maybe some can help me with. My 15 year old started making his own wood bats and wants to use them in games and torney's. They are within all…Continue

brachialis/bicep pain

Started by Thomas Quirk in Exercise and Training. Last reply by Tim Belk 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

For months now I've been experiencing pain in the side of my throwing arm. I am a third baseman and so this prevents me from effectively playing my position. Does anyone have any idea what the…Continue


Started by Mike in Drills and Practice Aug 6. 0 Replies

Anyone have any good baseball drills? Hitting, fielding, throwing, or speed/agility drills. Just share your favorite drills for everyone.Continue

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Started by Mike in Drills and Practice. Last reply by Jake Pulcheon Aug 1. 1 Reply

Hello. I am looking for some drills to do to improve my game. I'm an outfielder and developing into a switc hitter. I am a high school player. Both defensive, offensive, and speed and agility drills…Continue

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