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Teaching the Changeup?

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MLB Draft Breakdown: State-By-State

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Ted Browne replied to Will Laurence's discussion Teaching the Changeup?
"I assume you refer to younger kids.  I teach kids to throw the change up with a simple palm ball grip.  All this assumes that the pitcher can spot up FB low/outside on 7 of 10 attempts, and go hi/low with fastball as well.  In other…"
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Darrell Coulter replied to Will Laurence's discussion Teaching the Changeup?
"The change up should be thrown just like every other pitch. Same arm slot and arm speed.  Its the grip and and wrist and forearm angle at pitch release that causes the change of speeds. Have them play catch with a 3 finger or circle change grip…"
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Dave Thompson replied to Will Laurence's discussion Teaching the Changeup?
"Don't sweat it Will, that's Henry.  He always writes in all caps.  He also types slow because he knows some of us don't read so fast."
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Will Laurence replied to Will Laurence's discussion Teaching the Changeup?
"Henry- What are you talking about?  I asked for advice on how to teach the changeup. Is English your first language?  I can never understand what you write.  Also, quit yelling!"
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Teaching the Changeup?

I feel as though I understand how a changeup is thrown, but do not articulate it well to younger players.What are the key points to focus on?  What are the different grips?  Why use one grip over another?What age is appropriate to start throwing the changeup? How do you explain the purpose of the pitch?Sorry for the vague questions.  Any guidance is much appreciated.Thanks!  CheckSwing, the smartest group of baseball guys on the planet!See More
Will Laurence commented on Tad Reida's blog post How Winning At All Costs At An Early Age is Affecting Your Swing
"1- You are 100% correct. 2- In today's game guys like your Dad are labeled as "Daddy Ball" coaches and parents will be looking for the nearest "professional coach" for their 9 year old. These coaches today make a living with…"
Steve Chriscoe replied to Will Laurence's discussion Teaching the Changeup?
"Think of it this way.  The fastball is basically thrown with the index & middle fingers, and thumb on opposite side.  Teach kids to throw the changeup with pinky and ring fingers, and thumb on the bottom.  This is especially…"
Apr 9

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power. nice opposite field power.
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Whoever is catching me has an easy job. Just put down one finger and give me a good target.
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Evan Longoria. He can do it all. He is one of the guys that I will stop doing whatever I might be doing to watch hit.
Others in this class are Pujols, Utley, Berkman, Manny and Braun.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Papelbon. Throws gas and is somewhat crazy.
Aroldis Chapman- PURE GAS
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Mike Matheny Letter To Parents

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 7:08pm 8 Comments

I was sent this by a friend and thought the CheckSwing folks would like it.  It's worth a read.

Mike Matheny Letter To Parents

Message from Kevin Seitzer - Mike Matheny is the new St. Louis Cardinals Manager.  Mike lived with me in Milwaukee his rookie year.  He's one of the most respected, wonderful people you will ever be around.  Mike coached his…


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