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Misconception - Every Swing Should End with the Exact Same Finish

It is commonly believed that a hitter’s swing should conclude with the same finish every time. Whether a hitter completes their swing with a one-handed follow through, two-handed finish or...

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Misconception - The Key to a High Batting Average is the Ability to Hit the Curveball

Throughout different levels of competition there is a standard as to what is considered an elite batting average. At the high school level, the top prospects often hit around .500, in the...

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Push-ups for Upper Body Strength and Conditioning

The push-up is quite possibly the oldest workout in the history of mankind. The most tried and true of upper body workouts. If you close your eyes, it’s easy to imagine some jacked caveman busting...

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Run Hills for Lower Body Strength and Conditioning

A workout that can be exercised without a gym membership, designated space or equipment is priceless. Just an athlete, their body and a commitment to excellence.

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How to prepare for Anibal Sanchez’s Game One 'Stuff'

Anibal Sanchez has been a part of some big games in his 14-year MLB career. The 35-year old Venezuelan native pitched a no-hitter as a rookie for the Florida Marlins in 2006, won the AL ERA title...

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Jump Rope for Agility and Coordination

A great way for an athlete to improve their stamina, balance and coordination is through jump rope training. No matter the sport, an individual with superior agility is a force to be reckoned with.

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Popeye’s Puppet for Strength and Conditioning

A great way for an individual to develop the forearm strength and conditioning that is beneficial for all athletic activity is the Popeye’s Puppet workout.

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Recreating Three Plays from the AL Wild Card Game with MaxBP

In a game featuring two of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays stepped into the Oakland Coliseum last night and played the role of spoiler, winning the AL Wild Card...

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Recreating Three Plays from the NL Wild Card Game with MaxBP

As the calendar flips to October, baseball fans everywhere can go about their day with a smile on their face and a little extra pep in their step - Playoff Baseball has arrived.

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MLB Playoff Schedule and Predictions

October is upon us! That means the Major League Baseball Playoffs are back and more exciting than ever. Check out this year's participants, playoff schedule and predictions by MaxBP's Coach Neil...

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Don't Reinvent the Wheel - Albert Pujols

One look at the back of Albert Pujols’ baseball card and any baseball enthusiast can agree - the Dominican born slugger is a first ballot Hall of Famer.

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Sledgehammer for Endurance

As we discussed in the “Physical Training Series’ one of the most effective ways to develop a physically fit body is through hard work and manual labor. With this in mind, an athlete should...

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Sledgehammer for Strength

If you really want to impress your coaches and teammates, be the player who packs a sledgehammer in their bag. By utilizing the sledgehammer to perform some old school manual labor drills, you’ll...

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Stayin' Alive! The Art of Fouling Off Pitches - with Alex Cora

Often times in athletics, it’s the little things that make all the difference. This is notoriously the team that “plays with more heart” or the player that is considered “a gamer.” But the reality...

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Slump Buster - Contribute

The most organic way to bust out of a slump is quite simple - stop worrying about yourself, put the team first and find a way to contribute. No matter the athletic activity, there is a ton of...

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Slump Buster - Focus on the Little Things

Many times a slump has nothing to do with a major mechanical flaw and more to do with a minute detail or lack of focus. A great way to regain that undivided attention is by challenging the eyes to...

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Slump Buster - Very Superstitious

The slump is a peculiar thing, it comes and goes like the seasonal flu bug. No matter how many preventative measures an athlete takes, the slump rears its ugly head and knocks them straight on...

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Slump Buster - Don’t Dwell on the Past

One of the most difficult things about working through a slump is keeping a positive attitude. The ability to maintain a strong mindset during times of struggle is a challenge, but it’s a battle...

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Slump Buster - Go Wide!

Any athlete who has spent a significant amount of time in their respective sport has endured the dreaded slump. It’s inevitably part of the game. The key is limiting those frustrating times and...

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Mental Training, Part II - Video Study, Analytics and 10,000 Hours

In yesterday’s blog, “Mental Training, Part I - Confidence, Toughness and a Plan of Attack,” we discussed how having a strong mindset and an organized thought process is imperative to an athlete’s...

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Mental Training, Part I - Confidence, Toughness and a Plan of Attack

Success on the diamond begins between the ears. If a hitter believes they will fail, they’re correct. If they think they will succeed, then they have a chance. Do you think Ronald Acuna Jr. lacks...

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Cellphone, Wallet, Keys - Grip Strengthener?

The grip is a very underrated attribute in athletics. The ability to squeeze an object is indicative of muscular endurance and overall strength. So, how does an athlete develop this imperative...

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Yaz 2.0? Giants Rookie Homers in Fenway Debut

On Tuesday night, a Yastrzemski roamed the outfield at Fenway Park for the first time since October 2, 1983. Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, started in...

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Develop a Soft, Fine Focus - Like Cosmo Kramer

The role the eyes play in hitting a baseball is instrumental to a player’s success. Athletes who embrace the concept of vision training and put in the necessary work, will discover that this drill...

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The Importance of Sticking Your Balance

The ability to maintain one’s equilibrium is quite possibly the most important attribute in all of sports. Without the aptitude to stay balanced, an athlete is lost, the proverbial “fish out of...

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The Right-Handed Push Bunt

If you tune into the College World Series next June, chances are you’ll witness a number of scrappy ballplayers who can handle the lumber and are willing to embrace “small ball.” These spark plugs...

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The Left-Handed Drag Bunt to the Right Side

In the generations past players like Lee Mazzili, Nellie Fox, Vada Pinson, Rod Carew, and even Major League Baseball’s career hits leader, Pete Rose, made significant contributions to their...

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Practice a Balanced Turn on the Tee

We’ve all witnessed a long, impressive foul ball, and although it may draw some “oohs and aahs” from the crowd, in the end - it’s nothing more than a loud strike. The more impressive feat is...

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Staged Tee Work for Stride Development

Yesterday in the “Staged Soft Toss for Stride Development” drill we discussed how the stride and swing are two separate parts of the hitting process. This is an important thing to consider because...

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Staged Soft Toss for Stride Development

It’s important for a hitter to remember that the stride and swing are two completely separate actions. These different aspects of the swing should be broken down accordingly. An effective drill to...

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