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Featured Blog Posts – August 2010 Archive (6)

Correct Batting Practice Methods For Little League Baseball Teams By Marty Schupak

In my twenty one years of coaching youth baseball, I am always looking for the most efficient practice methods for every aspect of baseball. It took me only a few years to realize that most youth baseball coaches and myself were running batting practice, not incorrectly, but not efficiently. From what I have seen with the typical batting practice, a coach will pitch a predetermined number of balls for each batter with the fielders fielding the hit balls and throwing them to…

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Added by Marty Schupak on August 30, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Pitching Questions

I have a question that I have been going over in my head the last couple of days and I am looking for any help or advice anyone can offer up. I'm working with a pitcher and this kid is opening up when he throws and cannot locate his fastball for strikes. He is also releasing the ball too far back to locate anything down. When he doesn't open up, he leaves the ball up and he doesn't throw hard enough to pitch up in the zone consistently. My questions are, which should I focus on first... the…

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Added by Shaun Reed on August 27, 2010 at 12:00am — 21 Comments

All I want to do is coach!!!!

My name is Shaun and for the past 2 years I have been trying to get a job at a baseball academy or any place where I can teach the great game of baseball (pitching to be exact). I have had a few coaching postitions where I have taught pitching; there's a few problems though. First: I never played pro ball. I came close, but didn't make it. I have applied to a bunch of places and I just can't get my foot in the door. What am I missing? I played college ball and was pretty successfull, not…

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Added by Shaun Reed on August 18, 2010 at 12:09am — 5 Comments

Minor League Baseball: Investing In The Future- great read

I came across this Blog posting by Mike Ashmore, the beat writer for the Hunterdon County Democrat who covers the Trenton Thunder, the NY Yankees AA team.



It is a lengthy, but excellent overview of the not so glamorous lifestyle of the average minor league player. He touches upon the economics, travel, food, competition and even the cost of wood bats. It's a great… Continue

Added by Bill Stanton on August 17, 2010 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

Catchers: Blocking the Plate

Two nights ago, Carlos Santana a promising young catcher from the Cleveland Indians was taken off the field at Fenway Park after a collision with Boston's Ryan Kalish. There is now quite a bit of debate in the press about whether or not catchers should be blocking the plate at all... or if they do, what is the correct way?



What do you think?

If you're a catcher are you blocking the plate to stop that one run or is it too risky?

Coaches, what are you teaching your catchers in… Continue

Added by Bill Stanton on August 4, 2010 at 12:00pm — 27 Comments

A Silent Threat

The Emerald Ash Borer poses a threat to the supply of ash

The Emerald Ash Borer poses a threat to the supply of ash







There is a silent, yet very real threat which, left unchecked, could pose a significant threat to the very oldest material used for making baseball bats.



What is it?

The ash borer beetle is one of the largest…

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Added by Curt Rapp on August 4, 2010 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

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