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The “SECRET” Big League Approach

There is a secret that Big League baseball players know about when it comes to being successful in this sport. It’s so effective and yet even the youngest most inexperienced player can use it to become a better baseball player. In fact young kids were probably the first to use this incredible baseball technique, and for whatever reason, circumstances have forced some baseball players to move away from this secret baseball approach.

Now let me present to you this secret approach……drum roll………

It’s very simple. After all the hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and labor, if you’re not having fun, it will not be worth it.

As a baseball player, how long do you think you will last in this game if you’re not enjoying the experience of strapping on a pair of cleats, and swinging a bat??!

Even for you baseball parent’s. Have you taken the time to remind you kids how important it is to simply have fun and enjoy themselves? It can be very easy to get caught up in results, winning, and losing. Have we forgotten about the process?

It’s about the journey. Not the destination.

Playing baseball is truly a privilege, and we would be doing a dishonor by not doing everything we can to show our gratitude.

The great thing about having fun is that joy gives you positive energy. Positive energy gives you confidence and confidence is everything! Do me a favor. If ever you find yourself struggling, or you are the parent of a player struggling, ask yourself this.

Are you forgetting to have fun?

Play baseball not in the past or future. Play it in this moment for it’s this moment that holds the potential for success. This moment is a gift, and that is why we call it the present.

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Eye-sight for baseball players

If you are looking for some helpful batting tips and advice about hitting then a great place to start is researching about the eyes. You could have the best swing in the world, but having flawless hitting mechanics won’t do you any good if you’re not picking it up correctly. Surprisingly, a lot goes into the process of picking the ball up and out of the pitchers hand as he releases. For that reason you should check out a post published about increasing your eyesight for baseball.

You will find an article about the process of how your eyes work in sports, as well as two baseball videos that show how you can increase you vision with specific drills.

Check it out and tell me what you think.

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1 Hitting habit you should stop now: Rotational or Staying on top?

Through the course of my baseball career I have heard a handful of baseball hitting terms like “throw the hands”, “stay on top of the ball”, “stay inside”, “get back spin”, “hit the innner half”.

A lot of young hitters have been taught that going straight to the ball means taking the hands from were they are in the hitting stance to the point of contact.

Coaches use the rule of thumb that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Yes this may be true, but we arent connecting dots we are trying to hit a fast ball coming down at an angle. The higher level we play at, the harder this becomes.

I’m not a fan of terms like “chop down on the ball”, “Get back spin”, or “go straight to the ball”, simply becuase the terms teaches the hitters to have their bat head cut the hitting zone in half instead of staying through it for as long as humanly possible.

Chopping down on the ball will take away the time that your bat stays in the zone, and ask any professional baseball players that see’s 90+ fast balls on a daily basis. Having the correct bat plane is everything.

If you need proof of what bat angle you should take, simply look at the bat head of any big league hitter. Imagine a square box floating above the plate. Look at the swing plane and you will see that the bat head comes through the side of the box, so that the swing plane is level with the trajectory of the pitch.

Their swing doesn’t cut through the box!

Luckily this is a simple adjustment that can be fixed with tee work. You can find a list of hitting tips and drills here. As well as other batting tips throughout this site.

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Batting Average: 3 secret tricks to increasing it

You can have the greatest mechanics in the world, with a great hitting approach, and skill, But even when you’re seeing the ball great, and hitting it hard, the game of baseball still doesn’t promise you success.

You can do everything right and still go hitless!

Fortunately there are some things that little league, high school and college coachs don’t teach that may help with you getting on base and increasing you’re batting average.

2 tips to know what pitch is coming

This is actually a tip I heard from an anonymous minor leaguer who would rather go unnamed for the risk of being infamous by opposing pitchers and catchers for this approach. He claims that he did them when necessary, and not only to help increase his batting average, but to help his team win.

Here is the first one…..

On occasion, right before the pitcher begins his delivery and the catcher has set-up on which ever side of the plate, call time out. As you step out of the batter’s box to take a few practice swings, in the corner of you’re eye notice where the catcher has set up.

Is it on the inner or outer half?

Depending on the game’s situation, where he is set up will tell you a lot about what pitch is coming. EX: If you have two strikes on you and the catcher has set up inside, guess what? He’s probably coming inside with a fast ball. How many times has a pitcher thrown you a change-up or breaking located in? NEVER! They’re supposed to bury those pitches or locate away right?

The trick is to do this sparingly, and on certain occasions.

If you aren’t slick enough to do this, then be ready to get hit. Catchers aren’t stupid.

#2 Have the hitter on-deck communicate with you on catcher’s setup while you are in the batter’s box.

This is another effective yet dangerous way of knowing pitch location. Figure out a system with a teammate on how to let you know when a catcher has set up inside or outside. EX: He can call out your number when a catcher sets up inside( let’s go two three!) Or have him call your last name when a catcher’s set up away( hit it hard castro!)

If I got a quarter for every time I saw a hitter smash a change-up away because his teammate warned him it was coming, I would be a very rich man.

Both of these tips are risky, so do them at your own risk! If you can do them right, expect to see your batting average rise quite quickly.

If you are a hitter with a little bit of speed and has the ability to get down the line pretty fast, anytime your in a situation with first base empty and a runner on second with less than two outs, try bunting toward the the first baseman. First of all, he should be playing back. If can get it past the pitcher it should be an easy hit. If your timing is right and your able to square around not to early but also not to late, you should be awarded a sacrifice if you happen to get out.

These three batting average tips, are considered scrappy. If you find yourself struggling at the plate, try these out, and tell me how they work!