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Baseball's Unwritten Rules

Updated: May 31, 2014, 12:22 PM ET

The Unwritten Canon, Revealed

The by-the-book code you won't find in the Official Baseball Rules

By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com
In baseball's common-law court (well, in Dallas Braden's common-law court, anyway), no runner shall cross the pitcher's…
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Added by Markus Darnley on June 4, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Phoenix Rising (Phoenix bats article)- informative

Phoenix Rising

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The barriers to entry are very real, but in a…

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Added by Bill Stanton on June 4, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Experience is the Ultimate Teacher!

(this was an article I submitted to a local paper after watching one of the most amazing games I've seen in a long time)

It's Alive!  It's Alive!!!

by Jonah Bayliss

Last night I sat down to watch a baseball game.  After the sun went down, the temperature dropped considerably and the air became far too brisk for my thin t-shirt.

Yet, as I sat on a cold bleacher amongst a substantial crowd, I began to notice my hands clenching the bench seat…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 3, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

ASMI: Position Statement for Tommy John Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

Position Statement for Tommy John Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

May 2014

EPIDEMIC

During the past few years there has been an “epidemic” rise in the number of professional pitchers requiring ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”).1 This is like déjà vu, as a similar sharp rise was seen in adolescent pitchers near the turn of the century.2,3 These two rises are indeed connected; that…

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Added by Bill Stanton on May 29, 2014 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

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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Added by Will Laurence on May 29, 2014 at 11:44am — 50 Comments

Victories Within Lead to Victory

Baseball is a game of small intricacies and mini battles.  Within the overall war between two teams, there are several smaller battles taking place on a more personal level.  …

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 29, 2014 at 7:40am — 5 Comments

Holding Runners: Un-complicating Unnecessary Complexities

Why is it, that it seems like the best thing we humans are good at, is taking something so simple and joyous, like the game of baseball, and make it as complex as possible?

Holding Runner/Controlling the Running Game

In today's game, you'll see kids at the youth…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Diamond Dish Podcast ep.8: Strike Zone Strategies and Holding Runners

In this episode, podcast host and former MLB pitcher, Jonah Bayliss, discusses his opinions on Strike Zone Approach/Strategy and Holding Runners.  Being aggressive in the strike zone and controlling the running game doesn't have to be complicated.  Here are a few tips to help simplify your approach and free you mind up to operate more efficiently.…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 26, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Baseball Summer Player Development 2014

Offering training in all aspects of the games on the field and at our indoor facility in Longwood, FL.  For more information and registration, visit our website at www.orlandobaseballlessons.com.  …

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on May 24, 2014 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Stretching: Explosiveness Kryptonite?

Here's another question that I get all the time.  "What stretches should I do before I pitch?"

Let me tackle that loaded subject with a couple of references, and one personal take on the subject.

 The Science

Stretching does NOT increase performance, and…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 22, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

High School Coach Post-Game Rant: Acceptable or Not?

Here is audio of a high school baseball coach talking with his team in the locker room after a game.

Warning:  The language is harsh.

Here's my question:  Is this acceptable or not? Listen and give your thoughts.

Here's the news…

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Added by Bill Stanton on May 21, 2014 at 11:14am — 31 Comments

The Diamond Dish Podcast ep.7: Interview w/ Dr. Pete Hoyt

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Today Pete Hoyt joins us to talk about:

  • soreness vs. pain 
  • injury prevetnionand the disconnect between…
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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This is the story of a boy and his baseball field (must read)

I just came across this story. theChive is a website targeted to younger males with goofy stories and lots and lots of pics of cute girls. It's become a popular website and the guys running it are doing well. 

Read this story and see how they stepped up to help kids in Texas. It's a great story.

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And that is the Reader’s Digest version of how a 4 year-old kid weighing 30 lbs. beat cancer 3 times.

DJ loves two things: The…

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Added by Bill Stanton on May 15, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

An Inside Look into the Harsh Conditions of Minor League Baseball

An Inside Look into the Harsh Conditions of Minor League Baseball

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Added by Will Laurence on May 15, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

Development Is a Never-ending Process

Don't let time decay the memory of your hard work

It's freezing out.  There's frost on the outside of the window.  I barely made it into work this morning because my car would crank…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 15, 2014 at 7:52am — 3 Comments

The Beauty of Hard Work Is That ANYONE Can Do It

All around the country, even the world for that matter, there are baseball players of all difference molds.  There are big, "country-strong" hitters wielding logs for bats and crushing baseballs, and then you have little pesky hitters with exceptional eye-hand abilities, you know, the ones that are impossible to strike out.  

Some Pitchers are tall, lanky, wiry, or however you want to describe them, but they resemble someone out of a Tim Burton movie.  You also have your "big…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 13, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Diamond Dish Podcast ep.6: Interview w/ Rob Helmick

Rob is a former minor league strength coach with the Royals, Blue Jays, and Cubs.  He has also worked with MLB International, training players in South Africa and parts of Europe, giving Rob a very unique perspective on the differences in training perceptions.



In this episode Rob talks a lot about "the basics," and how not to overcomplicate your programs.  At the end of the day, there's no substitution for hard work and repetitions, and that's what Rob tries to drive home to the…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hone In the Focus of Your Efforts for Better Results

"How can I increase my velocity?"  

Man, I believe the adage would go something like this, "if I only had a penny for every time a kid asked me that..."

First and foremost, who doesn't?  Take a poll of every single baseball pitcher and ask them if they'd like to throw harder and you'll find one of two things.  One, EVERYBODY wants to throw harder and, two, if they don't I'd be willing to say they're lying.

Assuming that you could keep all the…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 8, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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