COMPETE WITH YOURSELF…NOT THE OPPOSITION

Baseball is known as an individual sport played in a team setting with team concepts. While being a good teammate and team player are absolutely critical to having a winning team and being a successful player, the majority of the game is played by each player competing against themselves. When you begin to think about…

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MIDDLE INFIELD: PRE-PITCH ROUTINE

Before a pitch is ever thrown, every great middle infielder has a routine he goes through to get ready for the next possible play.  Some of the different items good infielders think about include what the situation is, the speed of the runners, and the type of hitter at bat.  Taking all of the above…

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TIP: CLEAR YOUR MIND IN BETWEEN PITCHES

Between each pitch, there are anywhere from fifteen to twenty seconds, sometimes longer, before the next pitch is delivered. The pre-pitch routine, once an infielder becomes efficient at it, should only take about five seconds to complete. That leaves the infielder with about ten to fifteen seconds to clear his mind before getting ready for the next…

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PITCHING 101: THE IMPORTANCE OF THROWING INSIDE

Pitching 101

By Corey Littrell (Current player in Boston Red Sox organization) A big misconception in pitching is that throwing fastballs inside to hitters is not a smart move. Many believe that when you throw inside to a hitter that is where they want the ball, it’s their “wheelhouse.” In some instances this is true; a hitter recognizes…

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