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One of my best athletes can field a groundball......

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Borges Apr 24, 2012. 7 Replies

I am still searching for a SS on my team.  It is in between two players one is a senior and the other is a junior.  My senior is smoother than my junior however, I know my junior will put in more…Continue

Baseball is under way, as a youth 9-14yrs what are the first aspects you work on as a player or as a coach?

Started Feb 21, 2011 0 Replies

I am always curious as to what everyone concentrates on as a youth player and coach.  I personally feel that pitchers get left behind early and often which it should be your main focus as a player…Continue

Tags: defense, offense, conditioning, training, running

What age is it best to start playing year round baseball and what other sports do you allow them to play?

Started Oct 22, 2010 0 Replies

I am a firm believer in developing athletes.  There are certain skills that get passed by with year round baseball.  Plus, burnout is a big concern with year round baseball and over-use injuries.  I…Continue

Tags: summer, travel, school, high, baseball

 

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Michael commented on Kyle Nelson's blog post The Top 7 Mistakes Baseball Players Make in the Weight Room
"Great post, do not forget about nutrition. Stick with your basics of proteing fruit and veggies and a bit of carbs only right before and right after training sessions. Plus, any kind of stimulus you place on the muscles is going to great muscle size…"
Dec 2, 2014
Ashley Minor and Michael are now friends
Jan 27, 2013
Michael posted a status
"Dynamic warm-up (no jog around the field) ab work, throw, sprint work or MB work, fielding & hitting, 4x a week of lifting!!!"
Jan 26, 2013
Michael posted a status
"We just completed our first two weeks of practice and it has been great! Kids have been loving the different practices."
Jan 26, 2013
Michael and justin brian torres are now friends
Jan 26, 2013
Michael and Eddie Marrero are now friends
Jan 12, 2013
Matt Borges replied to Michael's discussion One of my best athletes can field a groundball......
"Junior should take short...  Counting hops is great.  footwork stuff may help too.  Right left catch step throw"
Apr 24, 2012
Michael replied to Adam Kester's discussion Pitching to Contact?
"Chart your pitches to see how your doing.  A bare minimum goal is 60% first pitch strikes and 60% overall strike percentage.  Work on it!"
Apr 19, 2012
Ted Browne replied to Michael's discussion One of my best athletes can field a groundball......
"Tough situation. We had a catching issue like that 3 years ago and we went with the junior.  In fact, we have a situation like that THIS year at the same position, and we're platooning. "
Mar 17, 2012
Michael replied to Michael's discussion One of my best athletes can field a groundball......
"I am not favoring my junior, it is the situation.  My senior is making easy errors as well.  Me personally, that is going to take more work from both of them.  I know that my junior has and is putting more work into improving. …"
Mar 16, 2012
Ted Browne replied to Michael's discussion One of my best athletes can field a groundball......
"Michael, From what you've written, it seems that you are pulling for the Junior to beat out the Senior.  Is this the case? Also, if the Jr is getting the yips in pressure situations, is it possible that he's focusing on an ego-based…"
Mar 15, 2012
Michael replied to Michael's discussion One of my best athletes can field a groundball......
"I like that one Dave, did not think about that one.  I am going to meet with him tomorrow with your tip and a head down tip drill.  Thanks Dave."
Mar 15, 2012
Dave Vaccaro replied to Michael's discussion One of my best athletes can field a groundball......
"Teach him to start reading hops to not allow him to get caught in between. The best way to install this mentality is to have him count the hops during practice off of the fungo. It's amazing how much this improves both hand and foot work as…"
Mar 15, 2012
Ted Browne replied to Michael's discussion One of my best athletes can field a groundball......
"You have a starting senior SS and a 2nd string jr SS who has the gift of time to learn how to slow down the game."
Mar 15, 2012
Michael posted a discussion

One of my best athletes can field a groundball......

I am still searching for a SS on my team.  It is in between two players one is a senior and the other is a junior.  My senior is smoother than my junior however, I know my junior will put in more work.Here is my problem, my junior keeps making easy errors and it has been at critical times in the game.  Now he (the whole team) has a mandatory mental routine for all aspects of the baseball game.But, I cannot figure out what to do with my junior about fixing his ground ball errors.  I am seriously…See More
Mar 15, 2012
Michael replied to Dave Holt's discussion Calling all Hitting Coaches: What mindset do you teach your Hitters?
"Gregory, loved your reply to here to this thread.  I would like your opinion on something, what age group do you coach where you implement this "all quiet"?  During the actual game?  What about general comments, we (I) use…"
Mar 15, 2012

Profile Information

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'1
Weight:
195
Position(s):
P, 2B, 3B, OF
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
Line drive type hitter, above average speed 6.4 in the 60, above avg arm from the OF
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
I pitched once with an independent league Amarillo Dillas. FB hit 90mph, but that was all I had....
I currently:
Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Scout Baseball, Enjoy watching games
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, High School, AAU, College, Independent, Minor League
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Teeball, Little League, High School, 18+
Softball Playing Experience:
None
Additional Playing/Coaching Info (If applicable, include detailed info here such as - HS, College, Pro Leagues, Summer Leagues, Arm Speed, 60 Time, Catcher Pop Time, etc.):
above average speed 6.4 in the 60, above avg arm from the OF clocked over 90mph, one season as a pitcher clocked at 90mph but that was all I had. Ran track in college as a sprinter.
More About Me:
I have had the luxury to play and learn from some of the best. I got to play along side in the minors with Luis Castillo, Edgar Renteria, Robbi Stanifer, Ryan Jackson, Todd Dunwoody. Which all these guys have played or are still playing in the Bigs.
I also have had the opportunity to play along side with Von Hayes, Ozzie Smith, Bill Matlock, Bill Lee, Darrel Evans, Ozzie Virgil.
I have also done camps with Mike "the hitman'' Easler

Michael's Blog

What is your timing mechanism?

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 10:01pm 10 Comments

Wanted some feedback from some coaches, instructors, and parents. Now I always tell my kids and parents that the basics of the swing are the same at every level of baseball LL to MLB. But, there are some variations of "getting ready, into a launch position, etc". I would like to know what some guys use or teach as their timing mechanism.

I constantly hear a few instructors in my area teach one method and that is all.....the leg kick. And if you do not do it this way your doing it…

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At 2:00pm on February 21, 2011, Clayton VanderLaan said…
Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. My freshman year at Michigan State I was the setup guy and had decent numbers for a freshman. However, after a coaching change I transfered to a D2 in Oklahoma and earned the number 1 spot in the rotation. I had a decent year and considering our conference is known for large hitting numbers due to the wind in this part of the country and the ball parks are quite small I wasn't too upset with them. Im actually closing this year though.
At 5:28pm on November 13, 2009, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Michael!

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At 10:23am on November 13, 2009, Bill Stanton said…
Michael- Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!
 
 
 

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