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Michael Paes's Discussions

pitching and injury

Started Apr 19, 2014 0 Replies

After watching Bartolo Colon pitch recently, I had a thought regarding I juries.  In his game, I think he gave up 7 hits - 6 with two outs and the bases empty.  I think he knew when to let up, rather…Continue

pitching and injury

Started Apr 19, 2014 0 Replies

After watching Bartolo Colon pitch recently, I had a thought regarding I juries.  In his game, I think he gave up 7 hits - 6 with two outs and the bases empty.  I think he knew when to let up, rather…Continue

hitter with fear

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ning Member Oct 30, 2010. 7 Replies

I coach a team of 11 year olds.  One decent hitter (my son) was hit by about 8 pitches when he was 8.  Sometimes he hits great, but when he sees an especially fast or wild pitcher, he gets scared,…Continue


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Latest Activity

ken kesterman replied to Michael Paes's discussion MLB ump call in the group Umpires
"305b says it all! unless the pitcher sustains an injury. ? ! its 2017 now! a pitcher can e injured and it can end his career! Ive torn rotator cuff and a long head tear.,,I work hard to keep my right shoulder strong  when Im behind the plate/I…"
Feb 26, 2017
Michael Paes replied to Transplant Dad's discussion Custom Gloves vs. Factory gloves
"What is lacking from a good Rawlings or similar?  I have heard mixed results on quality.  I think it's about the colors and the "gee, I have something custom". If there was a legitimate reason, I think you would see pros…"
Oct 3, 2016
Michael Paes commented on Mike Greene's blog post Drop 5 to BBCOR
"Nothing wrong with dropping an inch on the bat, which makes the transition easier.  I make wood bats, and I often get parents who want to get their youth player (swinging up to -11) a wood bat.  I often suggest going down an inch on the…"
Oct 1, 2016
Michael Paes replied to Eric 's discussion Hiding paint transitions and finishes. in the group Wood Bat Makers
"Auto pinstriping tape works great, and is available in lots of colors."
May 24, 2016
Michael Paes commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Pepper
"It's great for both batters and fielders, and lots of fun. Unfortunately, in general, players spend a lot less time doing drills like this."
May 20, 2016
Michael Paes replied to william baker's discussion where can I get decent maple billets? in the group Wood Bat Makers
"Try calling local sawmills directly - some of them carry billets."
May 2, 2016
Michael Paes replied to william baker's discussion Who here does this the old fashioned way with a lathe and hand tools? looking for tips. in the group Wood Bat Makers
"I still do it that way.  A couple of tips: 1. I assume when you mean square stock, you are getting sawn stock.  Rounded billets are generally made from split wood, so the grain follows the length of the wood better, and makes for more…"
Apr 19, 2016
Michael Paes replied to Chase's discussion Looking for some help in the group Wood Bat Makers
"I dip one bat at a time - I use PVC tubing.   The cap covers the top when you are done, and keep the lacquer fresh."
Feb 18, 2016
Michael Paes commented on Bill Stanton's video

"Win At All Costs" - 2016 Oregon State Baseball

"The video started out great for motivation. Yes, you have to work the hardest and care the most, but then it started turning my stomach."
Feb 3, 2016
Michael Paes commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Duluth hockey association embraced change to combat falling participation
"This article talks about an issue I have mentioed before.  Focusing on elite/travel over the whole results in many players feeling unwanted, and stripping away the best players can result in a lack of talent where no one wants to participate,…"
Feb 3, 2016
Michael Paes replied to Adam Jarrell's discussion New to Turning- Bat Finish Issue in the group Wood Bat Makers
"Unless you want to mess with a grain filler (IMO not worth it), that is now ash is going to look. Before I starting using a dipping lacquer designed for baseball bats, I used Minwax water-based polyurethane - 2 coats with a quick sand in between."
Nov 11, 2015
Michael Paes replied to Coach Mike's discussion Restraint in Youth Coaching
"Agreed. We have to remember, these are kids. There is a limit to what they can comprehend.  Better to give them one or two cues to work on at a time. Unfortunately, there tend to be two types of situations - either they are already getting…"
Nov 10, 2015
Michael Paes commented on Bill Stanton's blog post I Never Thought It Would End This Way
"Agreed - very well said.  I coached for 10 years, and odds are no one I ever had will ever come close to making a living playing the game.  But hopefully they all had a good time, improved, and learned things that will help them in their…"
Oct 22, 2015
Michael Paes commented on Bill Stanton's blog post The Rise of the Accidental Pitcher
"I honestly believe the way we are "developing" pitchers is a big reason for all the injuries.  I also believe the way pitchers throw in games is a big contributor. Players used to throw every day to build arm strength (and have fun).…"
Oct 6, 2015
Michael Paes commented on Kyle Nelson's blog post Why James Harrison was wrong about participation trophies
"At age 6, I understand giving them out, but once you start keeping score and have playoffs, no participation trophies.  That's enough.  At that point, trophies should mean something.  There is too much emphasis on winning in…"
Aug 30, 2015
Michael Paes commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Baseball Field Maintenance
"It's all about maintenance.  If you do the little things every time the field is used, there will be fewer big things (and fewer injuries)."
Jul 25, 2015

Profile Information

I currently:
Play Baseball, Coach Baseball, Umpire Baseball, Enjoy watching games
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, Independent, 30+, Vintage
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Babe Ruth
Baseball Umpiring Experience
Softball Playing Experience:
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Babe Ruth - there was no one better.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Pedro Martinez
More About Me:
I hand turn custom vintage and modern bats - The Bulldog Bat Company

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At 6:19pm on February 26, 2015, Rod Haney said…


    HEY !!!!!         I THINK i GOT IT !!!

At 6:18pm on February 26, 2015, Rod Haney said…

You're right Mike,the subject was how do we get/keep more kids involved ? But when I get confused as I am with,''what's the difference if the kids are playing travel ball or rec,league ball,they're involved! I get off target. But I believe the success of travel teams proves there are players serious about playing baseball and softball.I also believe if a high school team has a losing program kids don;t want to play there.And it's been my experience,if a high school doesn't have the #s to work with, they have a losing program.So we're back to,what can be done to encourage more kids to put enough effort into playing baseball so they can/want to play in high school ? My position is show them they can accomplish becoming a good player in a manner they comprehend it, and the incentive to do so will develop with-in. This also deals with the issue of parents wanting to relive their youth through their child.I know how annoying it must be to read my post because I don't know how to I'm going to excuse myself by telling you guys I'm 77 years old. I don't do that for sympathy or forgiveness.IT'S A CRY FOR HELP.  Rod

At 1:38pm on February 26, 2015, Rod Haney said…

  Mike,you can see by my messages I don't handle the computer well,and I guess I also    can't get the meaning of my message through effectively either.

   So bear with me.

   When there was no where else to go,how could a players go somewhere else?

    Most parents I know that wanted their player to play on a travel team,wanted their

    player to have an opportunity to get better as a player.

    Playing to have fun losing wasn't what life's lessons had taught them was the right

    thing for their child.

     ''Back in the day''you're referring to, it was common for the coach to favor his own           child and children of their friends.This was another reason parents looked for other         options.

       And your right, high school coaches etc.look for travel team players .....for a


      But my original point was meant to be,in order to get/keep more kids interested in            playing baseball,they need to understand they can be good at the game if they

      want to be.They can hit high school pitching if they want to.

        I see your favorite hitter is The Babe,Do you know what he Mantle,Aaron,Wms,and Maris had in common ?


At 10:07pm on October 12, 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!
At 11:26am on October 12, 2009, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Michael!

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