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MVP Baseball Training is dedicated to teach youths how to build confidence, self esteem, sportmanship, character, dedication and discipline through the fundamentals of baseball. Facebook: MVP Baseball Training Twitter: MVP Baseball

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Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on May 30, 2011 at 3:16pm
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Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on February 2, 2011 at 12:36am

Basic Fundamentals: PITCHING

1.Establish fastball: Down in zone, preferably outer half, not too early in the count.

2. Get ahead in the count: Dare hitter to hit you early in the count.
First pitch strikes: The time to challenge is 0-0, when the odds are in the pitcher's favor.
Get strike low: The on base percentage of the 0-2, 1-2 counts is one third of the behind counts.

3.Ahead in the count options
Fastball down and away
Fastballl hard, up and in
Breaking ball, down and out of the zone
Expand the zone: Hitter wants to hit, not walk, so when you are ahead, let him get himself out. Make quality pitches.
The on base percentage when the hitter is behind in the count is below 20%, so get ahead.
4. Behind the count options
Continue to throw balls and walk the hitter
Throw strikes and greatly increase the hitters chance of getting on base
Never give in to the hitter, even though behind in the count. Keep trying to make quality pitches, and if youlose the hitter, get the next guy.
The on base percentage when the hitter is ahead in the count is over 50% so get ahead.
5. Make the hitter put he ball in play within the first three pitches
You will never get behind the count
Most hitters arent as good early in the count as they are late in the count
you will always have low pitch count innings, which equals more innings pitched
Defense always plays better when pitchers throw strikes
You can't get strike three until you get strike two
Pitchers who throw strikes early in the count are in command of the game
6. Pitch inside
We, as coaches must stress the importance of pitching inside. Pitch hard in off the plate to open up the outer half, which is the pitcher's half . Pitchers make their living on the outer half, so a pitcher must let the hitter know that he will pitch hard in to keep them from leanig over.
Hitters hate to have the ball thrown by them or to get jammed, so take advantage of their egos. Pitch hard in off the plate; make them know that you mean business on the inner half. They will begin to cheat so as not to get jammed, and you will own the outer halft of the plate.

Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on June 24, 2010 at 1:14am

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: "THE UMPIRE ALWAYS WINS"- The batter takes a pitch that is called a strike. The hitter disagrees with the call. The hurler pitches again and the batter takes again. The umpire calls another strike. By this time, the batter who is furious with the umpire's calls against him, steps out of the batter'...s box and argues vigorously. The umpire orders him to resume his hitter's position. He refuses. WHAT DOES THE UMPIRE DO?
Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on June 24, 2010 at 1:01am
Yes, a bat cannot exceed 42 inches in length. If it does, the batter who uses it is swinging an illegal bat. If he is detected, he is called out by the plate umpire.

Babe Ruth supposedly used a bat that weight 48 ounces. The present average is about 34 ounces. There is usually just a one number difference between the length and the weight of the bat. The Babe may have been using a 47 inch bat. When the legendary Babe Herman first had a tryout with the TIGERS, he carried along with him a pair of favorite bats tha weighed approximately 45 ounces a pice. Ty Cobb, then the Tigers manager, lifted one of the war clubs and said, "why even BABE RUTH's bats dont weigh this much."

Herman, who compared himself favorably with the other Babe, replied, "I know, but I figure if I use heavier bats than Ruth, I'll hit the ball further than him." His theory was all wrong, Stan Musial swung a 31 ounce bat. He hit 475 major league home runs. Distance, Musial said, is determined by speed of swing and speed of pitch. Of course, Musial knew that there were variables, such as wrists, weight, and balance. But obviously a hitter can swing a 31 ounce bat faster than he can swing a 45 ounce club.
Comment by Jim Hawkins on June 19, 2010 at 8:50am
Ef, you raise a valid point on "Bigger is better". I've always preached a short compact swing, the key to that is quick hands. If you can keep your hands back and and see the ball in the strike zone as long as possible, good things will happen. Always look for the fast ball, hands back for the of speed stuff. That goes for the big and strong players also. That's my two cents worth.

Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on June 18, 2010 at 11:35am

BIGGER IS BETTER: A young long ball hitter is coming off a big season in which he has hit 40 plus home runs. Big and strong, he thinks that if he uses a longer and heaver bat, he will hit more home runs. We know bynow that pine tar cannot exceed 18 inches from the handle to the barrel. IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE LENGTH OF THE BAT?
Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on May 24, 2010 at 2:22pm

Double Jeopardy Let's change the last situation a little bit. Suppose that with one out. Nettles doesn't get a hit when his sawed-half bat flies apart. Instead, he lines the ball to Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken. Yankee runner Lou Piniella is lleading off second base at the time. Ripken, after he catches the ball, throws it to second baseman Rich Dauer, catching Piniella before he can get back. It's double play. Or isn't it? Is the inning really over?****** Yes, the inning is really over. When Nettles hits with that illegal bat, any outs occur as a result of the irregular at bat count. It's not the same as batting out of ourder or interference. So there was an inning- ending double play.
Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on May 23, 2010 at 6:20pm

Arguing with Umps: Signs you are about to be ejected: 1. You've repeated your arguments twice, and the umpire hsa said that while he understands your point, the call stands. 2. There's dirt on the umpire's shoes (you kicked it there) 3. Umpires start to discuss where they're going to eat after the game. 4. You've just ...thrown something. 5. The umpire keeps looking at his watch, yawning. 6. You asked the umpire to eject you. 7. You just called the umpire a sharp name that ends in -cker.
Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on May 23, 2010 at 6:18pm
On Behalf of MVP Baseball Training, we offer our deepest sympathy to the Lima Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. Jose was a great pitcher. Que dios me los bendiga y me los ampare en estos momentos dificiles.
Comment by Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E on May 23, 2010 at 6:18pm

Former Major League pitcher Jose Lima died of a massive heart attack at his California home early Sunday morning. He was 37. Lima, a native of the Dominican Republic, pitched in the Major Leagues for 13 seasons, from 1994-2006. After breaking into the big leagues with the Tigers in 1994, Lima went on to compile an 89-1...02 career record to go with a 5.26 ERA. His best season came in 1999 as a member of the potent Houston Astros rotation. Lima posted a 21-10 record that season, along with a 3.58 ERA. In addition to the Astros and Tigers, the fiery right-hander also spent time with the Royals, Dodgers, and Mets. In his final year in the big leagues, 2006, Lima went 0-4 for the Mets.

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