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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

Chaz Lytle Baseball Blog - Signability

SIGNABILITY

  1. Don’t use the term, when talking about a HS player.  “He’s is going to UCLA”.  Say “He has signed with UCLA”.  Your comment would then be something like “I know you have signed a letter of intent to attend UCLA, but I would like to talk…
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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 14, 2014 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog: Outfield General Philosophy

The next pitch will be hit to me and I will be ready to make the play.

Don’t expect someone else to make the catch – be ready on every pitch.

Read more at …

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 14, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Simple Concept to Simplify Your Performance Goals

Don't Let Them Score

 

In today's day and age, I find that we have a strong urge to overcomplicate things.  With the technology that we have it can be a blessing and a curse at times.  We often find ourselves so caught up in angles, and lines, and x's and o's, that…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 13, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Wanna Have a Catch?

We are all looking for ways to maximize our limited practice time. Here is an innovative way to improve something you do every practice... catch. Head over to my blog at  http://goo.gl/M8mOtf  to get your free copy of our…

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Added by Kyle Nelson on June 12, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Have An Idea

Hitting is hard!  Really hard!!

Anything where someone who fails 70% is considered really good must be fairly difficult.  

I know hitting is hard, that's why I became a pitcher at the age of 9.  Back from the get-go, I was like, "wow, this hitting thing is not…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 10, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Diamond Dish Podcast ep.10: Interview w/ Matt Kata

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE

Matt's Bio:

  • Played 13 seasons of professional baseball
  • Played for 5…
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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 9, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

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