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Play Better Baseball in 5 Seconds

You’re probably wondering what could possibly allow a baseball player to play better baseball in the next 5 seconds right?

Maybe your saying, “it’s not true”!!!! Getting better takes hard work! It takes blood, sweat, and tears!

Though this may be true, sometime the best results come from the simplest things. Playing better baseball isn’t necessarily about developing quicker bat speed or developing arm strength and increasing velocity. It’s about knowing what steps to take now, in the present moment, that will allow you to hit, field, and throw the ball more consistently.

Playing better baseball in 5 seconds is about taking immediate action.

This is how you play better baseball in 5 seconds.

Breathe…..

Breathing can transform your life.

If you are worried about your slump, breathe. It will bring you back to the present. The present is the only place where you can make an adjustment. Not yesterday’s game and not tomorrow’s.

If you are feeling stressed about an injury you just had, breathe! Breathing promotes blood circulation, and blood circulation promotes healing!

If you feel discouraged about not getting enough playing time or worried that your’e not good enough, breathe. It will remind you of how fortunate you are to simply have the ability to pick up a baseball and throw it. To run across the grass and dirt freely. Breathing will change your perspective, and show you how lucky you are. Feeling gratitude will give you confidence. With confidence, you can accomplish almost anything in baseball.

If you desire to play better baseball, remind yourself to breath. Enjoy each moment as a baseball player. For most of us, there are to few to waste.

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Where does baseball talent come from?



Ask not what your talent can do for you but what you can do for your talent. When I think about talent and how important it is to have, I remember something that an old coach of mine once said about skills. ” Take a look at a kid’s talent and then go over to a tree. Shake it and out will fall a dozen just like him”. The reason why I love this game is because though it may bless those with talent, to be a truly gifted player, you need something that is beyond talent. If I had to give it a word to describe it I would use the word, DESIRE. Talent will only take you so far. The question will always be how far will you take your talent?

-Art of Baseball Productions

Desire is more powerful than any list of baseball tips or hitting drills.


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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!


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How to play baseball like a Robot: Using rituals



Regardless of who you are. How talented you may be, or who you play for. Playing baseball every day is an absolute grind. Ground ball after ground ball. Pitch after pitch. Sprint after sprint. Over the course of a season, being consistent is very difficult. Not having a mental and physical approach to rely on will make it that much harder. You have to be programed to think and feel in a certain way(consistently) like a robot analyzes it’s surroundings.

It’s computer programs are consistent regardless of the situation.

Having a specific approach is a lot like having a daily ritual. Without doing this specific ritual, something just isn’t right.

Success is within your control.

The great thing about an having a ritual or approach is that it reminds you that there somethings in baseball that are within your control to be successful at. Regardless of how many times you strike-out, you can always be successful in preparing for an at-bat exactly the same way. You can boot a ground ball, but nobody can ever take away sprinting to your position between innings. Being consistent with using rituals tricks your mind into thinking that you have a sense of control with the success you experience in baseball on a daily basis. This is a very powerful emotion.