Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Enjoy watching games
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, American Legion, Minor League, 18+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
American Legion, College, 18+, 30+
Baseball Umpiring Experience
Softball Playing Experience:
Independent, Fast Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
The great one"Mr. Ted Williams"
Because he was the most intelligent. patient and focused player of all of the players who were and are intelligent patient and focused, he personally took it upon himself to defeat the field switch his opposing managers etc. confronted him with He had too much inner pride to let anyone get the best of him. making the hitting adjustment he made was and still is a very special accomplishment and if Ryan Howard Would get his head out of his butt he certainly has the physical talent to be as he stated during an interview I want to be the best all around player in the game, his mental attitude along with the pitch up and in and the pitch low and away are what is keeping him at the mediocre level, my question is would "Ted Williams" have let his manager or anyone else tell him to hit more home runs and not to be concerned with average? if it were not for his high number of RBI'S he might just be a minor leaguer.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Going way back again, " Johnny Sain" is my all time favorite pitcher and most of all pitching coach due to the fact that he won 20 games four times and most importantly he coached five players who won 20 games or more, his most important asset was that he was a master at fusing the mental and physical aspects of his pitchers into very positive results, I have never heard as many players express their total respect of him as I have heard about "Mr Sain."
More About Me:
Not much to say.
I am from Kansas City, I played up through the leagues into Legion ball on into the Summer then college Ban Johnson league my last two seasons of Legion ball, signed a contract in the Phillie's org. coached 3&2 junior league ball, Legion ball Ban Johnson league ball, Coached with former head baseball coach Sonny Maynard at Johnson County Kansas Community College, I presently live in Springfield MO. and coach in our summer college and our High School fall ball leagues along with doing what I enjoy the most which is teaching/instructing individual player skills and team positional skills lessons.
don, not sure if my response was forwarded to you or not. I clicked something & ended up somewhere. just in case, i'll try it again.
just received your message.
i'm concluding that you too are like me and many others: can't always get enough guys or even one for practice, so we have to do whatever we need to maintain not only our skills but keep the "body moving". throwing by oneself is better than no throwing at all, especially at our age (i'm turned 51 in the july).
also, the reno/sparks doesn't offer the types of training facilities I prefer. the only place that had an iron mike had to downsize due to the economy & as a result, put all the machines in storage.
the other places have wheels with bad lighting, too short of a distance or non autofeed machines.
as much as I like live pitching, I do like to face something consistent & with greater speed to concentrate on certain things & make sure i'm ready for a decent fastball.
and for those times I just absolutely "have to hit" and don't want to go to the local machines, I too throw 'em to myself & hit 'em. but this down after I hit off my tee.
I've accumulated 68 balls in my bucket. hit 'em out off my tee. then toss 'em up & hit 'em back to the tee.
I do throwing separately. I like using the football field to get a better idea of how far i'm throwing and chart my progress. sometimes i'll set up my portable backstop so I have something to throw to.
i'm sure you've found it's so much easier to throw to a human or some other three dimensional object.
but as I've already alluded to, throwing to nobody and keeping the arm moving is better than nothing at all.
and i'm sure you experienced "learning" some of the same things over and over again in different sessions of hitting whether it be off a tee, a machine or a live arm.
ted Williams' book is the only book on hitting that I've read all the way through and more than once.
I've read and/or seen bits & pieces of others' ideas and concepts and what I've concluded is that everyone else has taken some or all of ted's ideas and presented them as their own as they interpret them.
I think everything you need to know can be obtained or developed from "the science of hitting".
Williams presented some very basic and yet specific concepts.
as I've already stated, swinging a bat is like swinging an axe. and not because I say it, or ted says it, but because the basic motions are the same. regardless of the obvious differences, most, if not all of the same muscles are used to perform both, and most of the actual movements are the same, if not exactly the same.
whether I say it or you or ted Williams says it, "2+2+4". fact is fact.
a swinging motion is a swinging motion.
not to take any credit away from ted Williams, but what if someone else had written his book? then we'd be talking about that person and referencing/comparing ted Williams to that person.
today, people talk about the rotational and linear aspects of hitting as if these are some amazing new concepts.
you & I both know they've always been around. ted may not have stated it explicitly that way, but he certainly addressed it.
that's it for now. we can discuss and exchange more ideas if you like.
I thank you for your responses and comments. i'm concluding they are meant to be a compliment and acknowledgement of my understanding of some baseball knowledge.
Pitching machine is simply a way to make batting practice easy. You can't wear out your pitchers and most adults can't throw strikes. The average youth player gets very limited amount of real hitting practice. I find pitching machines in general to be very beneficial.. As for your comment about time in the batters box. You don;t know me , I assure I have done my time!!
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