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Baseball practice is for teaching fundamental skills and providing the reps needed to master them. The challenge for coaches to find ways to do this with limited time and resources, while helping the players have fun.
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Baseball defensive strategy has more to it than where to position your infielders and outfielders. A coach knowing strategies for defensive situations is key to proper defense. Positioning fielders may be the difference between an out and a RBI triple. Defending a bunt correctly may keep you out of a big inning. Your coaching strategy for infield defense and anticipating your opponents offensive strategy may be the key to staying out of the big inning.
Usually the players trying to trick the opposition in Major League Baseball are the pitchers, throwing all kinds of crazy stuff to stump the batters. But every so often you have a batter step up to the plate, and then step up to the other side of the plate the next time around.
This week I will be discussing pitch grips. When I do private lessons for young pitchers their first question is almost always “How do you throw a curve ball?”. The fact of the matter is almost every pitcher grips his curve ball differently. Pitchers need to understand how to influence the velocity and movement of the ball by using different grips. This post will discuss the keys to changing speeds and creating movement without putting the arm in jeopardy.
Coaching a Little League team can be fun and rewarding. Coaching a Little League team can also be extremely difficult for those who underestimate the importance of preparation and education. This is not only true for those who have little experience with baseball. Those who are former players and avid MLB fans also need the proper preparation and education to be a successful Little League coach. Success should not be measured in wins and losses but rather the overall experience that can be provided to the team.
No matter the experience, origin or throwing practice of any given pitcher, they know how to throw a fastball.
But how many of them have truly mastered the fastball’s kid brother: the changeup?
The off-speed pitch is one of the most difficult to hit in the game, because it looks just like a fastball, and makes you look foolish for thinking it was.
It’s been estimated that Major League Baseball batters reach base on about 30% of the pitches they hit in play. That’s not very impressive. What’s less impressive is how that number drops when facing a pitcher with a nasty curveball in his arsenal.
What makes this particular pitch so dangerous? Why does a pitcher with a solid command over the ball’s spin strike fear into the hearts of batters?
The answers to this timeless question might surprise you, so we turn to the best curveballs in MLB history.