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Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help

Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help



By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press | August 7, 2014



I just returned from Hall of Fame induction weekend, where I find that my cronies and I are slowly becoming the older generation of the membership.



Most of us are in our 60s, having made our mark on the game in the late 1970s and '80s. Like any club or fraternity, the Hall's…

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Added by Bill Stanton on August 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Two Things High School Coaches are looking for at tryouts

Two Things High School Coaches are looking for at tryouts:

"We are looking for two things at the tryout, a reason to cut you or a reason to keep you."…



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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on August 8, 2014 at 11:49pm — No Comments

What Happened to the Overhand Curveball?

Decline of the Curve

Curveball1 Many have tried, but few have mastered the art of throwing a devastating overhand curveball. Now, the cutter is king.

By Pat Jordan

Three major league scouts were talking over lunch, in…

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Added by Grant Clifford on August 7, 2014 at 12:02pm — 12 Comments

At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?

At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?

By Bill King, Senior Writer

Published



At the red brick museum that preserves the history of Little League, each visitor’s trip begins as the organization did, in the backyard of Carl Stotz, a 29-year-old lumber store clerk who, as the story goes, hatched the idea for well-tended, child-sized ballfields after…

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Added by Will Laurence on August 4, 2014 at 10:59am — 5 Comments

The 100-mph-throwing art school kid

The 100-mph-throwing art school kid: An incredible story of a scouting find

Jeff Passan
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Added by Bill Stanton on July 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How To Evaluate High School Pitchers To Project Future Velocity!

Here’s what I ALWAYS looked for with pitchers, when I was a college pitching coach...

In fact, its so important, it’s the reason…

Why l always chose the 85 MPH pitcher over the 93 MPH pitcher, and would do it again- EVERYTIME!

In today’s Featured Post-Im going to reveal…

  • Why I didn’t use a radar gun to gauge velocity-and why every pitcher had to have these 3 things for me to recruit them.…
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Added by Lantz Wheeler on July 27, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments

Top Ten Reasons Why Kids don't make their HS teams

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - Top 10 Reasons Kids Don't Make the HS Team 



6. Understanding the game/ being overwhelmed – It is unfortunate when players become overwhelmed by what they are asked to do. It seems some players become confused about things like run…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 26, 2014 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Must Read for Pitchers and their Families!

Tommy John surgeries are up among youths



Laken Litman, USA TODAY Sports8:40 p.m. EDT July 22, 2014…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 23, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Baseball / Central Florida FINZ Baseball League Tryouts

Central Florida FINZ Baseball League Tryouts

Sunday, August 3rd

Ages 8 - 14

All inclusive player development focused program under the management of Chaz Lytle, MiLB Pittsburgh Pirates Batting Title, UGA All-Time Stolen Base Champ, MLB Scou…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 21, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Baseball Vision

The Baseball Vision Of Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds homer

By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.

Editor/Collegiate Baseball

© 2014 Collegiate Baseball

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Why isn’t more time spent training the eyes to see pitches better, fielding the ball more cleanly or training pitchers to have more command with more focused vision?

Dr. Bill Harrison, the most renowned…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on July 18, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Pitchman: How Tom Emanski changed the sport of baseball — and then disappeared

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Added by Markus Darnley on July 17, 2014 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

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

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN…

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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

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