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Will Laurence's Discussions

Teaching the Changeup?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Stanton Apr 24. 8 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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Mike Greene commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"Bill, obviously I agree 100%. The security blanket that ESPN provides combined with the big profits that the local organizations take in is a nice security blanket. I have been a fan for several years of the USSSA organization when it comes to…"
Aug 4
Bill Stanton commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"Some LL business facts from this article: - LL has only 105 full-time employees, most of them at its headquarters in South Williamsport, PA. - Little League functions with so few employees because of 1.5 million program volunteers around the world -…"
Aug 4
Bill Stanton commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"Mike- You're absolutely correct.  LL is getting hammered from a participation standpoint.  Looking ahead, don't be surprised if you see LL embrace Travel Baseball by leveraging the ESPN deal.  More tournaments on TV and…"
Aug 4
Mike Greene commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"Personally I think LL's entire problem is pretty clear in one statement from Mr. Keener: “Parents want what we’re offering,” Keener said. “They just don’t know where to find it. They want their kids to have an…"
Aug 4
Michael Paes commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"In a word, no.  Little League was intended as a way for kids to play baseball in the spring.  It was not intended for a parade of All-Star, travel, and other teams that leave the average player without a decent place to play. When I was…"
Aug 4
Will Laurence replied to Mike's discussion Weightlifting
"All of that is great.  You seem very focused for a kid your age. Very impressive.  I'd just mix in a ton of pushups and pullups. Keep us posted on your progress."
Aug 4
Will Laurence replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"The bunt is a weapon that is not used enough."
Aug 4
Will Laurence posted a blog post

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

At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?By Bill King, Senior WriterPublished August 4, 2014 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 tripping on a lilac bush while playing with his nephews in his backyard. Here, amid 10,000 square…See More
Aug 4

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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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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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An Inside Look into the Harsh Conditions of Minor League Baseball

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:44am 0 Comments

An Inside Look into the Harsh Conditions of Minor League Baseball

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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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