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Virtual Baseball Simulators...

Started by Jose M Hernandez. Last reply by Jalal Leach Feb 10. 2 Replies

Virtual baseball simulator. Good? Not Good? Anybody has any experience and thoughts on how good, or not good, this is or can be? Thanks in advance for your input.Continue

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Does This Make Sense?

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Rod Haney Jul 11, 2014. 10 Replies

I saw this article where Dale Sveum, Royals Hitting Coach discusses the struggle that…Continue

Tags: coach, batting, hitting, instruction, opposite

What is a "PURE HITTER?"

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Michael Richards Jun 25, 2014. 7 Replies

I am reading this article on ESPN, "Who are MLB's best pure hitters?" and it made me think.  I think…Continue

Tags: Magadan, Dave, Gary, Hughes, philosophy

Attention All Hitting Coaches: What mindset do you teach your hitters?

Started by Dave Holt. Last reply by Phil Schnorr Jun 19, 2014. 21 Replies

Calling all hitting coaches: What kind of mindset do you teach your hitters? Do you want them to think aggressively and…Continue

Tags: approach, positive, devloping, batting, tips

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Comment by Chris Abbate on October 20, 2015 at 8:53am

I have a question about teaching how to hit the low pitch: I have read and seen discussion about actually lowering your center of gravity by flexing your legs after your stride foot has landed to hit the low pitch.  John Monteleone says Lowering your body by flexing your legs as if you are sitting making you level your swing plane out.  My question: This is causing a drop of the head and movement downward of the eyes which any other time would be a big no no.  Is this more valuable then keeping the head and eyes stationary after the stride foot lands?  Also, once the ball is delivered the batter only has a couple of tenths of a second to see the ball is low in the zone, drop the body and then swing, is there really time too do this?  I have also seen a side by side break down on you tube of Pablo Sandoval lowering his body in a similar fashion to hit the low pitch.  Is this merely because he was looking low?  Is there time to do this?  

Comment by Richard Lovell on September 29, 2015 at 6:11pm

Hey Bill,

Regarding to "scap load" in hitting. I physically tried to do this and to me, it is not a natural move. I can see who it works in pitching, but in hitting you aren't necessarily trying to bring both scapula down and in as you are possibly trying to do in pitching. And yes, I agree that trying this is getting too complicated. Nice to know and understand as an instructor, but not to teach to a young hitter. Maybe as an explanation to a higher level player that likes to know the process, but it certainly isn't for most.

Comment by Richard Lovell on September 29, 2015 at 5:03pm

Hello fellas,

Been pretty busy lately, but I wanted to make a comment on Brandon's post, but specifically to Dave. I understand what you are getting to with the front heel plant to back heel release, but the back knee pinches in which initiates the swing. This is something Mike Epstein observed many years ago and is something that is taught when differentiating between style and technique. In other words, where does style end and the swing begin an what actually initiates the swing. Once the front heel plants, what Bryce's back knee pinch, or hinge towards his front leg, then the heel follows or raises after the back knee pinches in.

Brandon, as far as waiting until he gets older to "spread out", there is no need to wait. He doesn't have to be bigger, or stronger in order to have the proper distance between his feet after his stride. Measure his inseam and that should be the proper distance between his insteps once he has taken his stride. He can start wherever he wants; narrow and long stride, wide with short stride, medium, wherever he is comfortable. I am always at a loss when I hear an Instructor claim that a player is not old enough, or big enough, or strong enough to swing like a MLB player. That's HS and untrue because I teach a system that has been proven for the last 25 years to be , efficient, effective and it works. Will the hit it as hard or as far? Of course not. That will come with experience and growth.

Best of luck to you and one more word of caution: I am not saying only listen to me, but be careful how many things you take into account. You can become a victim of paralysis from analysis. Find a particular style your son likes before initiating his swing; wide stance, narrow stance, stride vs no stride, where he holds his hands-as long as his style doesn't interfere with his technique, it should be comfortable for him. Technique is where the money is made..meaning hitting the ball hard and consistent.

Comment by BRANDON BULL on September 29, 2015 at 1:51pm
Comment by Rod Haney on September 26, 2015 at 9:55am



         Will you please tell me you see what's happening from Bryces' belt

         upward..... at the split second  before he starts the swing of the bat .

         And the position of his stride foot at the moment of bat to ball contact.

         And than tell us ''what impact his stride has on the power delivered

         to the ball''?




Comment by BRANDON BULL on September 21, 2015 at 12:05pm

Thanks Dave.  I am hoping as he gets bigger and stronger he will be able to spread out more. 

Thanks Bill I will try and remember that.

Comment by Dave Vaccaro on September 21, 2015 at 11:56am

Thanks Bill!!

Comment by Bill Stanton on September 21, 2015 at 11:54am

Dave & Brandon-  If you click on the media button as you post (the little blue film strip looking thing) and cut/paste the YouTube embed code, the video will appear right in your post.  I did it for you below.

Comment by Dave Vaccaro on September 21, 2015 at 11:36am

I see where you're going. However, if you watch Harper in this video, you will notice the "linear reach" he gets with the front foot on the stride. Notice the ball of the front foot absorbs the impact initially, then the heel. The heel down movement triggers the back foot heel up movement. This reach also allows him to hit BEHIND the front foot and not OVER TOP of it. I would try to either develop that "reach" in Bryden or spread him out a bit so that when he does his trigger movement, he's behind the front foot instead of over top. Once again......good video.

Comment by BRANDON BULL on September 21, 2015 at 11:18am


Thanks for your analysis.  You are correct on all accounts.  I posted a video showing comparison of Brydens swing vs Bryce Harper.  Of course not to show that my sons is as good-- rather to show what I think is the natural pull power lefties generate and from my research its the extra pull they get with the front hip.  You called it over rotating and his core spinning.  I see it as an advantage if he can keep his hands back and front shoulder closed after his hips start to open.  I think this creates some additional whip on the bat as it comes through.  So for now I am letting him develop naturally.  He is a great athlete both physically and mentally so I am giving him some time to work it out. 


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