Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Focus

You can never go through the motions in this great game. Not focusing on becoming a better baseball player and trying to improve your faults shows your coach how serious you are. Although it's a cliche, you have to strive to be perfect on every repetition - whether offensively, defensively, pitching or base running. Great focus leads to development. Development leads to success. Success leads to wins. Never take a pitch, play or at-bat off. It may be the difference in winning or losing.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Own the Inside of the Plate

Own the inside of the plate. That was the story of the day for our pitchers. Pitching inside is becoming a lost art that many pitchers aren't learning. It's sad that every time a pitcher misses inside - whether the batter is hit by the pitch or not - there is the assumption that the pitcher is intentionally trying to hit the batter. But nobody says a word when a pitcher misses 6 inches outside. If a hitter has to respect the inside pitch, that makes every other pitch in your arsenal that much better.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Best Bunt Concept

Today's lesson is "When in doubt, get an out." At practice today, we spend the majority of our time working on basic bunt defenses. While getting the lead runner is always optimal, at worst, you should make sure you record an out somewhere.

Realize that the perfect bunt is possible and, if it happens, your only play may be at first base - even on a squeeze play. Outs are the most important thing to a defense. Get one somewhere.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pitching Efficiently

As Waynesburg University continues our fall season, I'm going to start sharing the one big idea I stress each day. Today's lesson focused on being more efficient. From a pitching perspective, throwing fewer, but better pitches allows you to pitch deeper into the game. The biggest way to remain efficient is by not trying to strike every batter out. Pitching to contact and allowing your fielders to make plays keeps your fielders in the game and gets you off the mound.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc

With Mother Nature wreaking havoc on sporting events over the last week, last night was not spared. After a 4-hour rain delay, the Yankees and Orioles took to the field just after 11 PM and ended around 2:15 AM. Baseball players - especially starting pitchers - are creatures of habit, so I'm sure there were some unhappy players in both locker rooms. According to reports, there were about 500 fans that actually stuck around and the announced attendance was 44.573 (MLB counts tickets sold, not actually attending).
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