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Will Laurence's Discussions

Teaching the Changeup?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Stanton Jul 23. 10 Replies

MLB Draft Breakdown: State-By-State

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shaun Reed Dec 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Teaching How To Slide?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregory Leonard Celeski Jul 27, 2012. 13 Replies

 

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Kelly Kleinman replied to Will Laurence's discussion where to stand in batters box in the group Let's talk hitting Mechanics
"Todd Zeile (a friend) also suggested not moving them around.  Problem is, most kids don't have the discipline to stay put until they get older and are too antsy and impatient so they fail and lunge and get frustrated.  I'm most…"
Tuesday
Richard Lovell replied to Will Laurence's discussion where to stand in batters box in the group Let's talk hitting Mechanics
"I understand Kelly's reasoning behind this, but todays kids at 11, 12 years old are throwing change-ups, curves and other off speed pitches and throwing with more velocity. Considering the strike zone starts at the front edge of the plate, I…"
Tuesday
Will Laurence replied to Robin Rushing's discussion Looking for Urban/Inner City Team Near Houston
"Can you share some of the new training methods?"
Aug 5
Will Laurence posted a blog post

Josh Donaldson on Hitting

Josh Donaldson on Hittingby Eno Sarris - August 4, 2015http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/josh-donaldson-on-hitting/The hands seem so important when it comes to hitters, it’s fair to maybe be fascinated with them. Where are they…See More
Aug 5
Will Laurence liked Bill Stanton's discussion "Playing Up"?
Aug 5
Bill Stanton commented on Will Laurence's blog post How To Get A Job In Independent Baseball
"Interesting article about failed Indy leagues.  Is it even possible to make this work from a business standpoint? http://indyballisland.com/2015/07/27/so-you-want-to-start-an-indy-league-the-season-that-wasnt-2015-edition/"
Jul 27
Kelly Kleinman replied to Will Laurence's discussion where to stand in batters box in the group Let's talk hitting Mechanics
"At an early age until 13 I put hitters with toes on the chalk and have 3 positions for them.  First position is back foot middle of the plate vs a slow pitcher, back foot back of plate for an average pitcher, and all the way back in the box…"
Jul 23
Will Laurence added a discussion to the group Let's talk hitting Mechanics
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where to stand in batters box

Where do you teach players to stand in the batters box when hitting?At the highest levels you see everyone as far back in the box as possible, but is this the case for the youth level?I hear "move up in the box for slower pitching" and "move back in the box for faster pitching."  Is this the right approach?I had an old-timer who played pro ball in the 60's advocate that standing in the front of the box at all times to "get the ball earlier" was always the way to go.I guess I'm just confused. …See More
Jul 23

Profile Information

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
215
Position(s):
P, 1B, 3B, DH
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
power. nice opposite field power.
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Gas.
Whoever is catching me has an easy job. Just put down one finger and give me a good target.
I currently:
Play Baseball
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, High School, American Legion, College, 18+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
None
Softball Playing Experience:
None
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
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
More About Me:
The only place on the planet where I am at peace is on the baseball field.

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Josh Donaldson on Hitting

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 3:32pm 0 Comments

Josh Donaldson on Hitting

The hands seem so important when it comes to hitters, it’s fair…

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How To Get A Job In Independent Baseball

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 9:30pm 2 Comments

How To Get A Job In Independent Baseball

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Little League Crime

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:09pm 4 Comments

Little League Crime: The Multimillion Dollar Little League Fraud Crisis

Vice Sports

For 25 years, Jerry Benisch and Stephen Verhage were friends. They were the only officers of Kennedy Little League in Madison, Wisconsin, serving as vice…

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At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:59am 5 Comments

At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?

By Bill King, Senior Writer

Published



At the red brick museum that preserves the history of Little League, each visitor’s trip begins as the organization did, in the backyard of Carl Stotz, a 29-year-old lumber store clerk who, as the story goes, hatched the idea for well-tended, child-sized ballfields after…

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Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:44am 50 Comments

Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

By David Mendell, Published: May 23, 2014 Washington Post

David Mendell, a freelance writer and former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, coaches Oak Park Youth Baseball outside Chicago.

The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong…

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