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Ground Balls: A Hitter's Best Friend?

Ground Balls: A Hitter’s Best Friend?


Added by Bill Stanton on November 17, 2014 at 2:15pm — 22 Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - The MLB Ready Position

The 1-2 step occurs on the trigger so that the player arrives into the Ready Position just as the ball is entering the hitting zone. The timing of this needs to be practiced so that it is perfect.

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on November 14, 2014 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Still wondering what a Scout Report looks like? Here is another peak...

Still wondering what a Scout Report looks like? Here is another peak!

Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on November 14, 2014 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Ever Wonder what a Scout Report looks like? Take a peak...


First, provide a detailed description of the player’s physical appearance.  Use a body-type of a well-known Major League player to give the best picture.  Be sure to identify the organization for which the body-type example plays.  Ex.  Similiar to A. Rodriguez – Yankees.  Read more at

Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on November 13, 2014 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Pitch Smart- new MLB site

MLB launched a new website called "Pitch Smart".

Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

Here's the description:

"A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers."

The focus appears to be on arm care, injury provention and a focus on Tommy John…


Added by Bill Stanton on November 13, 2014 at 3:41pm — 6 Comments

My Experience with Baseball Uniforms.

I'm a coach of a little league team and I was thinking about how certain things have changed over the years around baseball - especially with the uniforms. I played when I was a kid, and I remember how our dad (the team coach) would have to get everyone's sizes ahead of time, then drive into town to pick out the uniform he wanted. He'd pick out a generic logo of a tiger and have the company put it on the jerseys. When they came in a month later, usually there were three or four that didn't…


Added by joelness on November 12, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Travel Baseball Economics- help please

I just completed my first season of travel baseball as a parent and a coach. I coached an 8U team this Fall and our season was very successful on every level. The kids improved a great deal, had fun and we won enough games.

I'm reaching out to have an open discussion with people from all over the US about the economics of travel baseball. Without a doubt, this is a business. There are hard costs associated with running a travel baseball team. Coaches, Fields, Uniforms,…


Added by Bill Stanton on November 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — 17 Comments

Wrinkled Raisins - View From the Dugout

While sitting in the dugout, I have seen many players throw wrinkled raisins.  I will explain, but first let’s leave the dugout for a few minutes and step into my office. 

As you read this imagine you are walking into my office just down a hall leading out a door through the back of the dugout…


Added by Rick Harig on November 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Reasons why I throw great batting practice


                     Reasons why I throw the best batting practice, and how to be a better hitter.

                     There is only one way to develop the proper timing of your swing: batting practice,

                     batting practice, and more practice. Preferably against live pitching not a machine.

                     to really learn timing of your swing, you need to see the motion of…


Added by John Marino on November 5, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

(Video Review) The Cure For The Inverted W

You’re a pitching mech-addict, let’s face it.

But, here’s the ironic part.

What I’m going to show you goes against what you’ve been taught about pitching mechanics and it’s going to help you get over your addiction.

The reason you’re addicted is because you’ve been looking at it backwards, focusing on the symptom and not the cause, valuing key points and desirable positions.

Think of this as your first day of rehab and you’re about to look…


Added by Lantz Wheeler on October 31, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

Will Your Athlete's Core Work Translate to on Field Performance?

Every Serious baseball player in the country will be looking for ways to improve their conditioning this offseason and be able to generate more power at the plate, throw with a higher velocity on the mound, or have more body control in the field.


Regardless of the demands of the individual player, their training should start with the core.


Let's take a look at the traditional method of training the core, the crunch.  Ask yourself this question, where on a…


Added by Kyle Nelson on October 30, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

Finishing a wood bat

I am starting to make wood bats for some of my student that I teach and it is a hobby for me when I am not at work. Carving that bat isn't the hard part for me but finding the best wood for the price and if the wood is even good ha been difficult but finishing the bat has been my most difficult par of this all. Both putting on stickers and the type of paint needed.

If anyone can point me in the right direction about buying hickory or maple please comment.

Second how to… Continue

Added by Chameleon Bats on October 30, 2014 at 2:21am — No Comments

PHX Spring Baseball Options for 9U

This fall 8U Cal Ripken league has been a challenge.  In this league the coach pitches after the kids walk a batter.  Our head coach struggles to throw quality pitches and our hitting has suffered.  I pitched in this league last year and the kids averaged over 12 runs / game (no arched pitches).  We can't quit the team even though we are not improving.  If anyone has suggestions for the Spring Season in the PHX area I'd appreciated it.  We are signed up for Winter Ball at Cactus Athletic…


Added by Terry Linnig on October 28, 2014 at 1:05pm — 2 Comments


Take this to Vegas because if there’s such thing, as a “Sure Thing”, this is it!

We’ve all heard history has a way of repeating itself and that’s not about to change any time soon. 

In a moment I’m going to reveal the $1 Million prediction…Plus I’m going to finally share with you why you’re so frustrated and confused about this “pitching thing”.

Let’s take a step back in to time before moving forward to the future….

It’s late July 2011 and I’m…


Added by Lantz Wheeler on October 24, 2014 at 10:20am — 2 Comments

Prayer for a Coach

Good morning everyone,  I"m asking that we pray for a guy that is suffering from kidney and liver infection and was given a week to live. This was a friend of mine's former assistant coach a few years ago.  I"m not asking for money but just prayer for his family.  His name is Jeff Mark Robinson.  Thank you all 

Added by Shaun Reed on October 20, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Centauro T4 optimal set up for turning wood bats?

Titan bats is new to the baseball bat community.  We have turned bats by hand until 3 weeks ago.  Just purchased a T4 Centauro copy lathe and needing assistance with optimal set up.  We are having issues cutting with just the back knife on the handle portion of the bat.  What's the optimal RPM's to run at and should we be using a second cutter?  We seem to be getting a lot of chatter when the cutter works on the handle of the bat. 

Added by Todd Eric Stephens on October 20, 2014 at 10:55am — 6 Comments

In Dugout, a Grinder Who Never Gave In

October 9, 2013

In Dugout, a Grinder Who Never Gave In

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Banister sat alone in the…


Added by Bill Stanton on October 16, 2014 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

The Missing Ingredient in US Talent Development

The Missing Ingredient in US Talent Development

In 2005, the coaches at one of the top English Premier League Youth Soccer Academies held one of their semiannual meetings to decide upon which players…


Added by Markus Darnley on October 10, 2014 at 9:26pm — No Comments

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