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Perry Cunningham
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  • Waynesburg, PA
  • United States
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  • William Merrill
  • Clayton VanderLaan
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Profile Information

Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull? best.
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Ground ball. The cutter was my best pitch. My pitching philosophy was to miss barrels, not strike guys out (except for when I had to).
I currently:
Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Am a Baseball Author
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, Babe Ruth, High School, College, Independent, Minor League
Baseball Coaching Experience:
High School, College
Baseball Umpiring Experience
Softball Playing Experience:
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Hank Aaron. Known for only being the home run king. Was a much better overall player than given credit .

Stan Musial. The most under-appreciated player in the history of the game.

As good as today's players are, can you imagine the numbers the older players would have put up with today's exercise science, nutrition and being able to train year round and not have to work in a furniture store or a factory in the off-season?
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Roy Halladay.
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.):
Currently rank 2nd in the Frontier League history in victories (37), innings pitched (497.2) and starts (78).
More About Me:
After a pretty successful four year independent career where I had an overall record of 39-22 with a 3.50 ERA, I have founded a company, To The Top Performance. We currently offer two instructional DVDs - Around the Mound and The Perfect Player.

Our DVDs are different in that most applicable lessons are shown for both right - and left-handed players, leaving the guess work out.

Around the Mound focuses on all things pitching and is more than mechanics. In addition to eight steps to build pitching mechanics from the ground up, we cover pitching with runners on base, pickoff moves, fielding your position, grips and release points for 10 pitches and how to use your body to throw harder, last longer and be more accurate.

The Perfect Player looks at five easy steps to the perfect swing (hitting isn't that complicated), bunting, base running, infield, outfield and catching fundamentals.

We are close to releasing three eBooks. A Golden Shoulder is a 27 week program to building a stronger, more durable shoulder. Power to Play is a 27 week program designed to increase total-body power without a gym or fancy exercise equipment and Simple Nutrition outlines 50 small changes you can make to become healthier.

Please check us out and let me know if I can help you out in anyway.


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Leader or Follower?

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 1:36pm 0 Comments

If you play a team sport, especially as you get older, every player is either a leader or a follower. Every team needs a couple of leaders and the others need to understand that they are followers. But you can’t have too many leaders or the absence of a leader.


While there are a number of reasons for underachieving teams – not enough talent, lack of focus, poor practices – the absence of a clear cut leader is a big one.


Before describing a leader, let me point…


Facing Adversity

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 7:53pm 0 Comments

Inevitably, at some point in your baseball career – and more importantly, your life – you will face hardships. It may be as a team with a losing streak, coaching change or other unusual circumstance. Personally, adversity shows up as a slump.


How do you deal with adversity?


When you are in the midst of a problem, doesn’t it seem like everything is magnified. Each mistake you make, batter you face or at-bat you are given feels as if there is an enormous weight…


Starting Pitching: The Importance of Shutting Out an Opponent

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 9:39pm 0 Comments

The obvious answer to my statement is throwing a shutout is great because you will more than likely win the game. Only if your team is having trouble scoring runs, is there a chance you may be in trouble. But I’m not necessarily talking about games, more about innings.


There are two instances when it is imperative a starting pitcher has to limit the opposition to zero runs. The first situation is the first inning, especially if you are the home team. Not allowing your…


Practicing Down the Middle?

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 7:55am 4 Comments

During a practice, an individual lesson or a camp, many times kids question why we do not do a majority of our hitting drills on pitches down the middle. That is the pitch that most can hit the best – hardest and farthest. So naturally, kids want to do what they do best. And that involves the middle of home plate.


Let me start by giving you a brief overview of my hitting philosophy.


Hitting isn’t nearly as complicated as most people try to make it out to be…


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At 2:21pm on February 21, 2011, Coach David Beard (LXA) said…
Perry, grateful to be a friend here on CheckSwing.
At 3:01pm on January 19, 2011, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Perry!

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At 10:08am on January 19, 2011, Bill Stanton said…
Perry-  Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making

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