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WHO’S ON FIRST! by Abbott and Costello

Abbott: Well Costello, I’m going to New York with you. The Yankee’s manager gave me a job as coach for as long as you’re on the team. Costello: Look Abbott, if you’re the coach, you must know all the players. Abbott: I certainly do. Costello: Well you know I’ve never met the guys. So you’ll have to tell me their ...

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Casey At The Bat

by Ernest L. Thayer The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day; The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play. And then when Cooney died at first, and Burrows did the same, A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The ...

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Our Favorite Quotes from Ted Williams

1.) There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game. 2.) There’s only one way to become a hitter. Go up to the plate and get mad. ...

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

by Jack Norworth & Albert von Tilzer Katie Casey was baseball mad, Had the fever and had it bad, Just to root for her hometown crew, ev’ry sou– Katie blew. On a Saturday, her young beau called to see if she’d like to go To see a show but Miss Kate said, “No, I’ll tell you what you can do” ...

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Handling Failure

The proper mental attitude for a hitter is to first understand that you will fail more times than you succeed. Notice I didn’t say accept failure, I said understand that you will fail. There is a big difference between the two. To illustrate the difficulty of hitting a pitched ball, the greatest hitters that ever played the game “failed” nearly ...

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The Swing Plane

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I always get a kick out of listening to the parents of Little Leaguers when their child is at bat. “Swing level,” “Keep your back elbow up,” “Do this,” Don’t do that.” “Geez, Mom, hush up and let me hit!” Most kids would probably love to step out of the batter’s box and say that. In reality, your swing must ...

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The Grip – It Starts with the Hands

The hands are the one and only physical link to the bat. You don’t hold it with your arms, your shoulders, your legs, feet or your mind. The only body part which touches the bat is your hands. You may use those other body parts to swing the bat properly, but your hands are the only physical connection to the ...

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The Myth about the Elbow

I have heard fathers and coaches yell out commands to their sons and players for quite a few years now. Many times their information is incorrect. One command in particular that stands out in my mind (because I hear it so much) is the one telling the hitter to keep his back elbow up. I’m not sure where this tip ...

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The Ready Position

Okay, now that the lower part of your body is squared away and you understand how to stand and the necessity for good balance, let’s put the weapon in your hands and get into the hitting position. Assume the basic stance position with your weight balanced and your knees slightly bent. Now, gripping the bat properly, raise your hands up ...

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The Hitting Stance and Balance

Let’s get you in a good hitting position with your stance. Your feet should be slightly more than shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and your weight evenly distributed between both feet. You should feel a little more weight toward the balls of your feet and to the inside of your feet. You should feel springy and ready for action, ...

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The Three Batting Stances and Vision

As it relates to your stance, seeing the ball better means how you initially stand in the batter’s box to look out at the pitcher. There are basically three different types of stance. The neutral stance is one where your feet are square to the plate. This means that they are an equal distance from the plate. A stance like ...

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Building a Solid Hitting Foundation

Derek Jeter

When it come to developing a good stance, there are two very important factors that need to be expressed. The purpose of the stance is to afford you the best opportunity to see the ball. Secondly, to have enough balance so that you can take a mighty swing at the ball, giving you the best opportunity to hit the ball ...

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Avoiding The Inside Pitch

More often than not, a young hitter’s lack of success at the plate can be directly attributed to the fear of being hit by a pitched ball. Let’s face it, in the Little League Majors Division, a big 12 year old can throw the ball extremely hard from 46 feet. This can lead to intimidation, a very real fear of ...

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Inside-Outside Tee Hitting Drill

The use of an “inside-outside” tee is invaluable in learning to hit the ball the opposite way and/or pulling the ball. To properly set up this drill, place the ball on the “inside,” approximately 8-10″ in front of the plate and the ball on the “outside,” right on the outside edge of the front corner. The “inside” ball should be ...

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The Soft-Toss Drill

The soft-toss may be used to work on pulling the ball, it can also be used for hitting the opposite way. The “tosser” must be a safe distance to the rear of the hitter. The hitter must not peak. The “tosser” tosses the ball from the inside of the plate diagonally across to the outside. The hitter picks up the ...

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Big League Challenge 2002

Practice Day Click, Clack… shuffle, scrape, they eased their way through the tunnel, their metal cleats ringing off the concrete walkway. The blue sky beckoned them at the end of the tunnel, like a bright light to freedom. A soft tug on the cap to shield the eyes from the midday sun and the players made their way out the ...

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Circle of Change

Many years before our time someone looked at a round object and decided to give it a name, the circle. Time changed that circle into wheels, balls, heck we even figured out that the world itself is nothing more than a big circle. A big circle of change. Nothing stays the same for long. So it is in baseball, especially ...

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Fence Hitting Drill

The next logical drill to reinforce the proper hand action is swinging the bat with both hands. Here is a drill that will help you to get the right feel for the proper path of the bat to the hitting zone. The goal is to achieve a short path “to the ball”. Remember, during these drills all of the essential ...

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Coiling and Uncoiling

Much has been said about Bat Speed and how to develop it. Although it is obvious that the size and strength of the individual swinging the bat has a direct impact on the swing speed, there are certain mechanical factors involved that also have a significant impact. Given two individuals of the same size and strength, it is entirely possible ...

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High School Baseball Showcases

WHAT ARE THEY? In the past few years high school Showcases have become increasingly popular. College and professional scouts are able to attend these showcases and evaluate a number of potential prospects. In years past, they would have to attend several high school games and travel many miles to view the same quality of talent. In addition, they are able ...

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