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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

With veterans in mind, N.J. American Legion baseball battling to stay alive

With veterans in mind, N.J. American Legion baseball battling to stay alive

Matthew Stanmyre/The Star-Ledger By Matthew Stanmyre/The Star-Ledger

updated July 03, 2014 at 11:56 PM…
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Added by Bill Stanton on July 15, 2014 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Ep.14: Qualities of a Good Instructor

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on July 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

3 Simple Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Private Lessons

So you pony up some hard earned cash for some private lessons for Jimmy.  It’s winter time and he’s not doing much else, so aside from getting better at baseball, you’re hoping this will also “give him something to do.”  

Much to your content, you are right with both. He takes 10 lessons and sees dramatic improvement.  He wraps up his lessons at the end of february, maybe mid March, and he’s ready to for team practices to begin around that…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on July 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My Son Has Great Mechanics, but Can't Hit

I hear this a lot when I work with young players in individual lessons, and I see it a lot in high school baseball.

 

There is no doubt that having a proper mechanical foundation will help hitters be successful, but it is far from the ONLY ingredient for success.  I would challenge that the mental side of hitting is just as important, if not more important than the physical side.

 

Over the past decade, I have seen a lot of high school hitters who have quick…

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Added by Kyle Nelson on July 7, 2014 at 2:12pm — 15 Comments

With Velocities Going Up, Your Commitment to Development Needs To

Yesterday I had one of those 20 minute time blocks where you’re not really sure what you’re doing, or who’s actually in 

control of your thoughts and actions.  You know, the 20 minute internet surf where you seam to “black out” only to awake 20 mins later with no recollection of how you got there.

Usually it just ends up as 20 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back, with nothing accomplished or nothing learned.  So, I…

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

In the most recent Diamond Dish Podcast episode, where I talk about hard work, commitment, dedication, and work ethic, I alluded to the idea of eliminating “what if’s” from your performance to increa…

In the most recent Diamond Dish Podcast episode, where I talk about hard work, commitment, dedication, and work ethic, I alluded to the idea of eliminating “what if’s” from your performance to increase the rate of your baseball development progression.

That episode of the Diamond Dish Podcast can be found HERE

I wanted…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on July 1, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Get Lucky!

Ever wonder what it takes to be a Major League baseball player?   Or maybe you've wondered what it takes just to be



 drafted.  



The answer, unfortunately for everyone, is not quite that simple.  I can tell you, however, that no matter what your dreams may be, it will not be handed to you.  

What you desire does not come without hard…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 26, 2014 at 9:45am — No Comments

Hitting With 2 Strikes Advise

I once attended a hitting clinic by Coach Upshaw who had been Barry Bonds' hitting coach. An approach that I have found successful was discussed which he endorsed as one Barry used later in his career. Look middle and adjust, hitters can make an 81/2 inch adjustment but not a 17 inch adjustment when trying to battle with 2 strikes. The pitcher doesn't always have the command and you can't always be sure to anticipate the location based on a pattern. Many of our hitters find this approach…

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Added by Robert H Bogdan on June 24, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Hitting Approach: Commit, or Adjust?

So, I was just having a conversation with one of my players.  We were discussing his frustration with he recent streak of strike outs looking, on the outside corner. 

He has a great approach, recongnizing the balls he needs to find if he wants to drive them hard.  He likes to look middle in, and is…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 24, 2014 at 7:30am — 62 Comments

The Diamond Dish Podcast ep.11: Interview w/Matt Kata (part 2)

Former Major League hitter, Matt Kata, continues his discussion on his Hitter's Checklist as well as his thoughts on youth development and the role of parent involvement.

LISTEN HERE…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 23, 2014 at 7:45am — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - Catching

Catching is a key position to zero in on and one of the most difficult. Strength, durability and a strong arm are definite requisites. This is also a position in which the player’s defensive skills could carry the player to the Major Leagues.

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 18, 2014 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - What does it take to be a major league fielder?

A strong arm and defensive skills can and do carry a player to the Major Leagues (usually up-the-middle positions). A live, active lower body, quick free, agility, instinct (right spot at the right time), and alertness are some of the qualities that go into the makings of…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The 5 Magic Words, And Only Words, My Son Will Hear From Me Until He's 12 or 13 yrs. Old!

Call me biased, but I'm trying to give my son an unfair advantage!  

My goal is to place him in a win/win situation every time he steps on the field!  

How am I going to do that?  

Keep my mouth shut, get out of the way and repeat these 5 words over and over!  

http://baseballthinktank.com/praise-the-intent-not-the-results/

Added by Lantz Wheeler on June 16, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - Five Tools: Base Running

Shows instincts to steal bases.  Knows how to run bases.  Smart on bases.  Steady on bases.  Gets good leads.  Looks to run and take extra base.  Takes extra base.  Good athletic ability. To read the full blog, visit www.orlandobaseballlessons.com.  Click on…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 16, 2014 at 12:20am — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - What to Look for in an Arm

Players showing fluid arm action and easy release will normally have strong arms. Look for “carry” on the ball – seeing how strong the ball stays up on the line of flight about halfway from the point of release to the point of being received. Read full blog post at …

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 15, 2014 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - Scouting Thoughts and Truism

SCOUTING THOUGHTS AND TRUISMS - The 3 A’s: attitude, aptitude and ability. If you don’t have tremendous ability the attitude and aptitude better be real good. Visit www.orlandobaseballlessons.com and click…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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