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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

sad news

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 — 15 Comments

Chaz Lytle Baseball / Central Florida FINZ Baseball League

Looking for 2 - 14u STUD Athletes to complete our roster.  Offering innovative and traditional training methods to help your player develop the skills to STANDOUT.  Call us at 407-951-6924 to schedule a tryout.

Chaz Lytle

MiLB Pittsburgh Pirate Batting Title

UGA All-Time Stolen Base Champion

MLB Scout School Graduate

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

How To Evaluate High School Pitchers To Project Future Velocity!

Here’s what I ALWAYS looked for with pitchers, when I was a college pitching coach...

In fact, its so important, it’s the reason…

Why l always chose the 85 MPH pitcher over the 93 MPH pitcher, and would do it again- EVERYTIME!

In today’s Featured Post-Im going to reveal…

  • Why I didn’t use a radar gun to gauge velocity-and why every pitcher had to have these 3 things for me to recruit them.…
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Added by Lantz Wheeler on July 27, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments

Top Ten Reasons Why Kids don't make their HS teams

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - Top 10 Reasons Kids Don't Make the HS Team 



6. Understanding the game/ being overwhelmed – It is unfortunate when players become overwhelmed by what they are asked to do. It seems some players become confused about things like run…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 26, 2014 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Must Read for Pitchers and their Families!

Tommy John surgeries are up among youths



Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports8:40 p.m. EDT July 22, 2014…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 23, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Baseball / Central Florida FINZ Baseball League Tryouts

Central Florida FINZ Baseball League Tryouts

Sunday, August 3rd

Ages 8 - 14

All inclusive player development focused program under the management of Chaz Lytle, MiLB Pittsburgh Pirates Batting Title, UGA All-Time Stolen Base Champ, MLB Scou…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 21, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Baseball Vision

The Baseball Vision Of Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds homer

By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.

Editor/Collegiate Baseball

© 2014 Collegiate Baseball

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Why isn’t more time spent training the eyes to see pitches better, fielding the ball more cleanly or training pitchers to have more command with more focused vision?

Dr. Bill Harrison, the most renowned…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 18, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Pitchman: How Tom Emanski changed the sport of baseball — and then disappeared

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Added by Markus Darnley on July 17, 2014 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

What it’s like to live and play in the Cape Cod League

What it’s like to live and play in the Cape Cod League



They all have a room with a view of the big leagues.…

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Added by Bill Stanton on July 17, 2014 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

The "Conceptuality" of Pitching

At a certain point in your pitching development, you're going to have to start thinking outside the box if you wish to continue improving.

I’d like to take a moment to dive into some abstract thinking.  Generally, when I teach pitching, I start with a 5 phase approach consisting of very basic principals.  I wrote a 2 piece series on those 5 phases that can be found…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on July 17, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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