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"Play The Game The Right Way" (Jeter - Konerko)

With Derek Jeter and Paul Konerko retiring from MLB this week, you hear the phrase "he played the game the right way" quite a bit.

I hear many coaches and players say "you need to play the game the right way." It gets thrown around A LOT.  

It seems a bit cliche' at times and depending on who is saying it, hypocritical. It's such a broad statement to make since baseball has so many elements within the game.

What does "play the game the right way" mean to…

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Added by Bill Stanton on September 29, 2014 at 4:26pm — 3 Comments

Throwing the Change-Up

Learning to throw the change-up can be one of the most frustrating experiences for pitchers.  Many times, the way the change-up is taught makes it terribly difficult to throw and pitcher end up casting it aside in frustration. 

This video blog post gives practical tips to help pitchers of all ages throw effective change ups.  

Added by Kyle Nelson on September 22, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

ON 1ST AND 3RD LET TAKE ADVANTAGE!!

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IN A GAME EVERY SO MANY INNINGS U WILL SE A RUNNER ON 1ST AND 3RD. THAT=1 RUN AND THE RUNNER FROM 1ST ON 3RD BASE AFTER WE TOOK A CHANCE AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE DEFENSE AS THEY ARE NOT PRO WE TOOK ADVANTAGE AS IN OUR PRACTICES WE PRACTICE THE DOUBLE STEAL. THE MAN FROM 1ST WOULD START JOGGING TO SECOND. THE…

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Added by HENRY MUNEVAR on September 16, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Special Olympics Baseball- True passion for the Game- Join us

One of the best baseball experiences of my life has been being a part of developing the first Special Olympics baseball program in the USA.  The journey started 2 years ago with open tryouts and rubber baseballs and progressed to a roster of 17 players ranging in age from 15-54 with varying degrees of ability, but the concept of a team in place. As one of the players named it "Big team, little me".  The culmination of the journey was watching these players throughout the USA Games in June…

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Added by Tony Vlahovic on September 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What is Your Pre Pitch Routine on Defense?

Have you ever thought about what your fielders should be doing between pitches? What should they be thinking? In tee-ball, as long as they are not making mini sand castles on the infield dirt, they are ahead of the game. But as your players get older and more competitive, there are a few essential things they should be doing between pitches when on defense. This is called the Pre-Pitch Routine.

What is a Pre-Pitch Routine?



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Added by Michael Kuebler on September 5, 2014 at 11:03pm — No Comments

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WWW.HENRYSBASEBALLCLUB.COM  781 891 0621 CLICK ON TV SHOW TOP OF THE HOME PAGE. MY LAST GUEST WAS STEVE SAX OF THE WORLD SERIES!!

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Added by HENRY MUNEVAR on September 5, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Why You Could Be To Blame For Players Body Language!

Why this may be the most important message you've ever read...

Can mental toughness be taught?

You want to know what I think?

Yes!

But you know what…

  • It starts with parents and coaches like us, we’ve got to hold our kids accountable inside every single activity!
  • We can’t let them off the hook and point the finger at the umpire, coach or teacher and when that “poor me” body language pops up…

SQUASH IT! 

If…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on September 5, 2014 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments

2015 Marucci CAT 6 Review

I had a chance to review the Marucci CAT 6 this last week end and here are my thoughts: Marucci CAT 6 Review

Overall:

We Recommend the 2015 Marucci CAT 6 for hitters who: Like the honest feel…

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Added by Brian Duryea on September 1, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

Pitching Tips Easy Enough My Drunk Uncle Could Master!

Here's my latest video post at BaseballThinkTank....enjoy!

Added by Lantz Wheeler on August 29, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

(Video) Why this should always be a pitcher's 1st adjustment!

Why do we make pitching so complicated?

Most coaches are quick to blame everything on pitching mechanics, but very few realize that your ability to throw strikes has very little to do with pitching mechanics!

In fact, it starts with your EYES!

It's true, the first adjustment every pitcher should make is....THE EYES!

You'll be amazed at how quickly this changes things for your pitchers, don't believe me....try it yourself!

Click the link below and SEE for…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on August 28, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments

SO. CA WOOD BAT TOURNAMENT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAS TRAVEL BASEBALL BIG BOYS LEAGUE IS HOLDING THEIR "BIG BOY" WOOD BAT TOURNAMENT AUG 30TH, 31TH (HAVE LABOR OFF TO RELAX AT HOME) & SEP 20TH, & 21TH IN HESPERIA (HS LOCATIONS BEING UPDATED). CONTACT RAY at RRRM20@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFO. HS QUALIFIED TEAMS PLAY ON BEAUTIFUL NEW VARSITY AND JV FIELDS.
THE ULTIMATE UMPIRE ASSOCIATION AND THE…
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Added by Ray Briones on August 25, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments

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As you all know, I'm always looking for things to write or share here on CheckSwing. There are nearly 8,000 members in our baseball community here on CS. I've had the pleasure of meeting some of you in real life, but most of us communicate here on the site. I feel like I know many of you as you share your background in your CS profile and in our baseball discussions.  It's easy to see the personality of a person when they discuss the great game of baseball.

With that, I want…

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Added by Bill Stanton on August 25, 2014 at 10:00am — 16 Comments

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on August 24, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Why this was DIFFERENT!

In about 5 hours, I’ll be heading over to Wrigley Field for early BP and to catch up with my guys.

But today is different than all my previous visits...

Back in 2005 I met this kid while coaching at Lipscomb.

To say he was “baseball crazy” is an understatement.

As a high school kid he weaseled his way into the clubhouse at Greer Stadium, it’s the AAA affiliate in Nashville of the Milwaukee Brewers.

He shined shoes, chased down balls, anything and everything he could do… Continue

Added by Lantz Wheeler on August 22, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments

The real reason pitchers get injured

The real reason pitchers get injured

August, 13, 2014
Matt Buschmann AP Photo/Gregory…
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Added by Bill Stanton on August 14, 2014 at 10:30am — 20 Comments

Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help

Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help



By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press | August 7, 2014



I just returned from Hall of Fame induction weekend, where I find that my cronies and I are slowly becoming the older generation of the membership.



Most of us are in our 60s, having made our mark on the game in the late 1970s and '80s. Like any club or fraternity, the Hall's…

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Added by Bill Stanton on August 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Two Things High School Coaches are looking for at tryouts

Two Things High School Coaches are looking for at tryouts:

"We are looking for two things at the tryout, a reason to cut you or a reason to keep you."…



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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on August 8, 2014 at 11:49pm — No Comments

What Happened to the Overhand Curveball?

Decline of the Curve

Curveball1 Many have tried, but few have mastered the art of throwing a devastating overhand curveball. Now, the cutter is king.

By Pat Jordan

Three major league scouts were talking over lunch, in…

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Added by Grant Clifford on August 7, 2014 at 12:02pm — 12 Comments

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 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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Added by Will Laurence on August 4, 2014 at 10:59am — 5 Comments

The 100-mph-throwing art school kid

The 100-mph-throwing art school kid: An incredible story of a scouting find

Jeff Passan
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Added by Bill Stanton on July 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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