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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall - Synchronizing the Hips

As we discussed in the Mirror, Mirror “Comfortable Hands” and “Find a Natural Stride” drills, an imperative component of the hitter’s approach is that they are comfortable. This is true for every...

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall - Finding Your Stride

The stride is an instrumental part of the swing and comes in a variety of sizes and vertices. It triggers movement in the lower body and is an essential fundamental for timing and balance.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall - Comfortable Hands

An essential part of a hitter’s success at the plate is gaining comfort in the batter’s box. There is no short cut here, just hours upon hours of hard work, dedication and fine tuning. The more...

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Never Fear the Suicide Squeeze

It’s the most exciting play in all of baseball. No, not the home run. The suicide squeeze!

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Pepper Games? You Bet!

The game of pepper is an exercise that features one player hitting brisk ground balls to a group of fielders who are standing approximately 15-20 feet away. When the ball is fielded by a...

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Whip Those Hips into Shape with Inside Soft Toss

In order for a ballplayer to hit for power they must be able to handle the inside pitch. Getting jammed all the time and hitting weak pop-ups and ground balls isn’t conducive for someone hitting...

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Hitting the “Opposite Hand” Curveball

There is a reason why managers in the Major Leagues make so many pitching changes in the late innings. Most of the time the substitution has been made to gain a match-up advantage. The statistics...

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Hitting the “Same Hand” Curveball

For many young athletes hitting a curveball is a struggle. A hitter may have the ability to crush a straight pitch, no matter the speed, but the breaking stuff gives them fits. If this is the...

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The Lost Art of the Bunt Base Hit

One great thing about baseball is that the small details often decide the victor. Hitting the cutoff man, moving a runner over to third base with less than two outs and laying down a bunt are all...

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Situational Hitting with MaxBP - Advance the Runner to Third Base

It may not seem like much, a simple ground ball to second base. An 0-for-1 in the box score. But, many times that routine play leads to a run scored, and you know what they say about runs - they...

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Pitch Recognition with MaxBP

The best hitters have the ability to recognize different pitches and deposit that pitch to their desired location. It all starts with having an idea at the plate and being disciplined enough to...

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Rear Toss Drill to Develop Patience

One of the most difficult concepts to teach a hitter is that of patience. Anyone who has ever stepped foot into the batter’s box knows it’s a pressure packed moment full of angst, excitement and...

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Soft Toss to Develop Opposite Field Hitting

Baseball is a game of precision and timing. Particularly for the person “under the microscope” - the hitter. One wasted movement, one split second, and the opportunity is lost. The best hitters...

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Protect Your Head, You're Going to Need It

Injuries are bound to happen in sports, baseball and softball included. Whether it be a minor injury like a cut, bruise, sprain or strain - or something more serious like a concussion, contusion...

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Use Colored Balls for Vision Training

When practicing for a sport it is always important to apply a physical, mental and visual training regimen. One particular drill that covers all three bases is hitting with multi-color balls or as...

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Back Foot Used for Swing Accuracy, Weight Distribution

When discussing the role the lower body has in the baseball swing, the front leg often gets the majority of the focus. Most hitters initiate the swing with a stride - which is essential for a...

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Hammer Time Drill

There may not be a more rewarding feeling in all of sports, than hitting a ball on the sweet spot. That moment where the barrel of the bat connects squarely with the ball is so pristine - that you...

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Five Losers of the 2019 Trade Deadline

As I mentioned yesterday in my analysis of the "Five Winners of the 2019 Trade Deadline" it typically takes years to identify the winners and losers of a respective trade. But, let’s jump to a few...

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Five Winners of the 2019 Trade Deadline

It often takes years to identify the winners and losers of a trade, and it's been one week. But, why not? Let's jump to a few conclusions. Based on the early returns, here are the five winners of...

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If You Build It, MLB Will Come?

The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox will play a regular season Major League Baseball game at the “Field of Dreams” cornfield in Dyersville, Iowa on August 13, 2020.

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Situational Hitting with MaxBP - Sacrifice Fly

Situational hitting is a key component for any successful hitter. Whether it be advancing a runner with a sacrifice bunt or moving a runner over on a ground ball to the right side, knowing the...

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Foul Play - Not Always a Bad Thing

There are many things about baseball that I really appreciate, and like most lifelong fans, quite a few of those things are of the smaller variety. Hitting the cutoff man, breaking up a double...

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Soft Toss a Great Way to Go with the Pitch

The next time you are participating in some soft toss drills with a training partner, try this particular drill to mix it up. Instead of the traditional soft toss from the side, have the “tosser”...

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Trade Deadline 2019  - 25 Trade Candidates to Make or Break October

As the clock winds down on the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline, general managers across the country are trying to make last minute moves to solidify their postseason aspirations or build for the future. A...

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Freedom to Swing at Everything

What if I told you about a drill that required a hitter to swing at absolutely everything and it didn’t matter if they made contact or not? Sounds a little unorthodox? Well consider what Hall of...

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Don't Be Afraid of a Little Gas

Former Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams once said, “You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues.” Considering that the Splendid Splinter is viewed by many to be the best overall...

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Precision Bunting Through Small Ball Training

The ability to lay down a bunt is crucial for all hitters. Although the ability to “sacrifice” yourself for the good of the team may not earn an athlete a twitter following, it is an important...

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Farewell to a Legend? An Unforgettable Evening at Oracle Park

Throughout the course of the 2019 season the San Francisco Giants and their loyal following have found themselves in unfamiliar territory. For the first time since moving to 24 Willie Mays Plaza,...

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Top Hand Batting Drill for "Dead Pull Hitters"

If a ballplayer is notorious for being a “dead-pull hitter” and is aiming to start using the entire field, this top hand batting drill is a great one. The objective of this exercise is to train...

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Vision Training off the Tee

Anyone who engages in an activity that requires a blunt instrument applying direct mechanical force to an object (cavemen included) suffers from the same temptation - you can't wait to see what...

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