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Raoul Martinez and Dinger are now friends
Aug 15
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Apr 28, 2013
Raoul Martinez replied to Dave Holt's discussion Attention All Hitting Coaches: What mindset do you teach your hitters? in the group Hitting Coaches and Instructors
"I I have seen and heard a great deal of what Coach Holt talks about regarding negative feedback before and after certain swings. By providing negative feedback in this manner, there are several negative psychological stressors placed on the hitter.…"
Mar 12, 2012
Raoul Martinez replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Just missed it: Dropping the bat head
"  I would say keeping the hands back and staying inside,, the back knee will turns inward make a more dramatic downward motion with the back knee, this will throw more weight transference onto the bent front knee. Then keeping your head down on…"
Jan 9, 2012
David LeVine commented on Raoul Martinez's blog post Switch Hitting Difficulties
"I am a natural right hander but my left eye is very weak.  Therefore, I cannot see a good fastball.  I started hitting from the left side of the plate since my right eye is my only good eye.  I see the ball much better but don't…"
Dec 30, 2011
Raoul Martinez posted a blog post

Switch Hitting Difficulties

 My son learned to hit left handed at the age of 7, he is now 16, he is a natural right hander however, now, he is a much better hitter from the left side. When he has to hit from the right side, he becomes unsure of himself, a state of mind that defeats the best of players. We have always practiced the right and left side equally however, when he goes up to bat, I can see uncertainty affecting his swing. Other than a sense of uncertainty (which I know is most telling regarding success at the…See More
Dec 27, 2011
Raoul Martinez replied to pw's discussion Should NCAA Summer League Coaches alter a players hitting mechanics? in the group Hitting Coaches and Instructors
"That's what I'm talking about, as the hitting expert do what you are best at helping hitters improve. The first rule should always be, DO NO HARM TO THE HITTER. If you are making changes simply because the hitter's mechanics does not…"
Nov 11, 2011
Raoul Martinez replied to pw's discussion Should NCAA Summer League Coaches alter a players hitting mechanics? in the group Hitting Coaches and Instructors
"Changing a hitter’s stance and/or mechanics during the course of summer baseball may be too much, I agree.  However, Good, knowledgeable and caring hitting instructors, with the best interest of the hitter first, have to make…"
Nov 10, 2011
Raoul Martinez is now friends with Joel Hartman and Charles "Lefty" Trudeau
Oct 10, 2011
Raoul Martinez replied to Paul Richards's discussion How do you help Little League 10-12 get over fear of being hit by pitch?
"This may be unconventional however, it worked for my son when he was younger, he is now 16 years. In the athletic facilities where I instruct hitting, there are indoor soccer fields, I asked my son to line up against the wall, I then moved 50…"
Sep 22, 2011
Raoul Martinez and Kyle Grucci are now friends
Sep 22, 2011
Raoul Martinez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Hitting Coaches and Instructors
"I know the how to teach the correct manner of hitting to get top spin and how to hit to all fields however, these kids have been dropping the hands almost all their life hitting the ball hard have been considered some of the best hitters. However,…"
Sep 13, 2011
Raoul Martinez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Hitting Coaches and Instructors
"I'm a hitting instructor and I help coach some of the best teams in this area however, there are some kids that have been able to swing up to the ball and have had some success just under the JR varsity level in high school. and travel teams.…"
Sep 13, 2011
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Sep 13, 2011
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Barnstable Bat Company

We would like discussion from hitters on wooden bat quality, model choices, wood specie preference and bat performance. As we all know the wooden bat marketplace is flooded with many brands and quality ranges .What is the best bat wood for you?
Sep 13, 2011
Raoul Martinez added a discussion to the group Baseball Moms
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Emotions your son/daughter not playing the position they are most skilled at

I don't think being a woman decreases or increases the emotionality  regarding the issue that you presented. When any of us see our kids not playing the  position he/she is best at, we feel  mostly for our kids,not for ourselves. I don't see anything wrong with speaking to the coach about the matter. I think  most coaches would appreciate the fact that you are presenting the matter directly to them.  You will then have to expect that most coaches will be as direct with you as you are with them.…See More
Jul 28, 2011

Profile Information

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5'10''
Weight:
230
Position(s):
P, SS, OF
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
Power, contact hitter and power gap hitter. I had many triples, doubles and in side the park home runs. I was fast and once I reached first base, I was a threat to steal home which I did many times. My swing was such that I hit a great deal of line drives. I stopped hitting just a bit under the ball after little league where I hit 19 home runs in 16 games at that time.
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
I matured physically earlier than other, so I was a power pitcher with a great curve ball and what they now call a slider that broke big down and out. I could get it the pitch to simply fall once it reached the plate.I pitched legion baseball after a lay off doing football training. I played in Ohio's Classic North-South All-Star football game while my legion team was playing in the state legion tournament at Ohio University. I can only recall one hitter who I could not blaze a fast ball by him. I think the reason was he was a great hitter but he was a left handed hitter so it was difficult to use breaking balls on him. So he pretty much knew what was coming. I was flown to Athens Ohio to pitch in the legion tournament, I faced 6 batters and struck all 6 out. I could not stay over night because I was leaving for Jr. College the following day. I regret that decision to this day.
I currently:
Play Baseball, Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Play Slow Pitch Softball, Coach Slow Pitch Softball, Play Fast Pitch Softball, Coach Fast Pitch Softball, Play Wiffleball, Coach Teeball, Umpire Baseball, Umpire Fast Pitch Softball, Enjoy watching games
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion, AAU
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Little League, Babe Ruth, High School, AAU, Independent
Softball Playing Experience:
Little League, Youth, USSSA, AAU, Independent, Slow Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
My favorite hitter was/is Roger Marris because he was a self-made hitter, worked hard to obtain and maintain his hitting skills. Roger Marris was able to remain focused during the most trying times of his baseball career and still managed to break Babe Ruth's single season home run record under tremendous public and private pressure.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Pedro Martinez, he showed no fear and was always focus on winning. I also admire him because he was not a large man like many power pitcher however, when he pitched one could see that he pitched from the tips of his toes to the top of his cap. He threw with heart and soul and gave everything inside of him. His arm was connect to his heart and mind would do anything within and sometimes above his powers to win.
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.):
Coached and played summer league college baseball. I took was offered football scholarships from Division 1 schools in 1968. However after high school, I did not have the discipline nor maturity to follow through on the many opportunities offered. I played around too much until I was drafted into the Army in 1969. It is so very important to guide kids, it would have helped me a great deal in 1968. I then worked a school counselor and licensed mental health therapist. However after leaving the army I played semi professional baseball in Ohio and Colorado.
More About Me:
I was very good at playing football so my coach had me run track because I was very fast however I regret not saying no to coach and wished I had played baseball in the Spring for my high school team.I did not have the strength at the time to say no to my football coach.

Pedro is small in stature compared to many of today’s pitchers however, Pedro made up for lack of size with knowledge, guts, confidence and the ability to keep hitter of balance.

Pedro is small in stature compared to many of today’s pitchers however, Pedro made up for lack of size with knowledge, guts, confidence and the ability to keep hitter of balance.

Raoul Martinez's Blog

Switch Hitting Difficulties

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 1:29pm 1 Comment

 

My son learned to hit left handed at the age of 7, he is now 16, he is a natural right hander however, now, he is a much better hitter from the left side. When he has to hit from the right side, he becomes unsure of himself, a state of mind that defeats the best of players. We have always practiced the right and left side equally however, when he goes…

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At 10:54pm on November 22, 2009, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Raoul!

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At 3:20pm on November 20, 2009, Bill Stanton said…
Raoul- 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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