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The Right and Wrong Way to Handle a Slump

Quick quiz…


a.) Who went 0-20 in 1960?

b.) Who went 0-24 in 1965?

c.) Who began the 1955 season 0-24?

d.) Who went 1-23 in 1978?

e.) Who went 0-32 in 2004?

f.) Who went 5-25 in the 1945 World Series?

g.) What do they all have in common?





a.) Mickey Mantle

b.) Willie Mays

c.) Roy Campanella

d.) Mike Schmidt

e.) Derek…


Added by Kyle Nelson on April 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Diamond Dish Podcast: Bill Stanton Interview

Back in November 2013, Jonah Bayliss joined us here on CheckSwing and jumped right in as a major contributor to our baseball community. I quickly became a big fan of his blog because he teaches pitching in a way that is smart and easy to understand. Already this season I have used his advice on the field with my players.

Jonah recently started doing a weekly podcast and was nice enough to invite me as…


Added by Bill Stanton on April 16, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Teaching Pitching to a Young Athlete.

The following comes off of my blog.  It's a post I made in response to an email question I received.  A father reached out to me about teaching his little league kid how to pitch and I figured there might be a few more dads out there looking for similar information.  Then I thought there might be a few more over here in the wonderful checkswing community.  As I mention in the article, this is a "basic" approach.  Originally, it was a two part article on my blog.  I hope you don't mind, but I…


Added by Jonah Bayliss on April 15, 2014 at 4:13pm — 5 Comments

Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!

Let Americans throw!

With the recent announcement…


Added by Bill Stanton on April 15, 2014 at 11:50am — 11 Comments


Matt Stark still has not returned the $2995.00 he took from me in Oct. 2013 for a "Free Agent" camp scheduled for March 2014 that he cancelled the night befor the start date.

He's now the Athletic Director/Baseball Coach at American Sports University.

Let me know if you are a victim also. 

Added by JOHN A MARLEY on April 14, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Looking for bat company need about ten dozen to start

I manage a minor league Indy team. We are looking for a new bat sponsor for this year to do a deal with. If anyone knows or has a bat companies out there we are looking to place an order ASAP for around ten dozen bats and looking to spend around 3k plus possible trade sponsorship available.

We would want a mix of the ten dozen. 33, 33.5,34,and some 34.5. Models mixed as well. 271, 243, 110, 318, i10. Etc

We would need bats delivered and ready by 2nd week of May for… Continue

Added by Chris Paterson on April 9, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Great story: Chris Colabello Finds Comfort at the Plate

This is a fantastic story. Last season, I shared an article about Daniel Nava of the Red Sox and his persistence that led him to hitting over .300 in 2013 and winning a World Series ring.  This story about Chris Colabello not only tells his great story of persistence, but gives some great insight into the mind…


Added by Bill Stanton on April 9, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The MLB Approach To Hitting- Jim Parque

The MLB Approach to Hitting

04/08/2014 – Jim Parque

Anyone watch major league baseball? You know....that place where the best in the world compete on the biggest sporting stage on earth?

So, I got some questions:

Why do so many coaches teach their players things that do not exist in the big leagues? More so, why are there so many coaches…


Added by Bill Stanton on April 8, 2014 at 4:43pm — 15 Comments

My New Favorite Fielding Game

Practicing baseball in a gym for 4 weeks will force you to get creative.  Those of you who have been following me, my blog, and my products over the past year and a half know that I have been making a huge push to make players more athletic and less robotic and mechanical.


Accomplishing this for infielders in a gym is rather difficult since they don't see realistic hops.    First, we gave our players a solid mechanical foundation from the ground up, now we are trying to make…


Added by Kyle Nelson on March 30, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

High School Baseball Politics

Call me naive, but are not the best ballplayers suppose to be the starters? My boy's first year of B-Team baseball. The first game he was the starting shortstop made no errors, had four assists, did go 0-2 but had 1 quality at bat, but has not seen the field since. I know I will be called biased because he is my son, but my boy plays travel ball with almost all these guys and he is obviously better or at worst as good as anyone on the team. The 3rd baseman (8th grader) has had 12 balls hit…


Added by Tracy Hancock on March 27, 2014 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

What Makes a Good Hitting Drill?

There are literally millions of hitting drills available on the web right now, many of them are good, but many of them are just plain counterproductive.  When you are a looking for a good hitting drill for your player or team, make sure it accomplishes one ore more of the following criteria.


1.) Promote a proper hitting position (body position at foot strike)

2.) Promote decision making and introduces cognitive interference (ideally with ball…


Added by Kyle Nelson on March 18, 2014 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Pregame hitting routine for 10-11 year olds

What is your pregame hitting routine and Why?  Weighted balls, Soft Toss into net Wiffle balls any other ideas.

Added by Paul Carroll on March 17, 2014 at 1:53pm — 3 Comments

Ball Four - don't turn a leveraged count into a walk!

You have thrown every pitch exactly where you want it. First pitch strike. An offspeed pitch has him out front and it’s now 1-2, the scales tipping in your favor. You feel the strikeout humming in the back of your mind. Your catcher is on the same page and puts down the fingers you wanted to see. Nodding in agreement, you feel a rhythm, drive forward and fire. The ball feels like it explodes out of your hand and the pitch is on its way, low outside fastball headed into the glove. But the glove… Continue

Added by Anthony Slama on March 17, 2014 at 1:58am — 16 Comments


In my career coaching youth baseball, I've toyed with different batting order ideas, both to be competitive and to be fair to the players. I was happy to institute a system for tee ball in my league that seemed fair. Our tee ball league has teams play three innings with everyone batting. Just as it should be; outs and runs don’t mean anything. Many of the teams have more than nine…


Added by Marty Schupak on March 16, 2014 at 10:18pm — No Comments

ESPN Magazine article: "Hey, data data -- swing!

"Hey, data data -- swing!"

The hidden demographics of youth sports

Originally Published: July 11, 2013
By Bruce Kelley and Carl Carchia | ESPN The Magazine

COMPETITIVE YOUTH SPORTS may be as American as apple pie, but we know a lot…


Added by Bill Stanton on March 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Looking At Youth Baseball From The Inside

Looking At Youth Baseball From The Inside

In addition to writing our story on high school travel ball and showcases, P.K. Daniel is viewing things from the inside, as the parent of a 10-year-old boy and a…


Added by Bill Stanton on March 13, 2014 at 11:51am — 3 Comments

NCAA stats: Probability of competing beyond high school

Probability of competing beyond high school

Baseball:  About five in 75, or about 6.8 percent, of high school senior boys interscholastic baseball

players will go on to play men's baseball at a NCAA member institution.…


Added by Bill Stanton on March 12, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

The Things I Miss Most- by Dan Fetes

I came across this blog and felt it was worth sharing.  I'm sure many of you can relate.


The Things I Miss Most

July 29, 2013…

Added by Bill Stanton on March 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Who Are You??

Know Who You Want to Be:

Advice from a surprising sage

Hello everyone.  this post is going to be kept short today because… well, it’s Saturday.  In reality I’ve been very busy, which is great, but it just means that I don’t get to write as much or as frequently as I’d like to.  Anywho, I thought I’d at least give you a little nugget this weekend, and let me tell you, this is, indeed, a nugget of…


Added by Jonah Bayliss on March 1, 2014 at 8:19am — 5 Comments

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