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Misconception - Baseball Practice Doesn't Require Intensity

When I was playing ball in the ‘90s, the intensity level of football, basketball and baseball were all very different. Prior to every season, practice and game - my teammates and I had a pretty...

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Misconception - The Fundamentals of the Softball Swing are Different from the Baseball Swing

Baseball and softball are similar in many ways. Both sports feature dirt in the infield, grass in the outfield, four bases and nine position players; however, certain aspects of each respective...

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Misconception - Metal Bats Killed the Art of Small Ball

Baseball traditionalists often talk about the good old days. When ballplayers could handle the bat, put the ball in play and operate in a “station to station” manner. No doubt, it was a beautiful...

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Misconception - Hard Work is Hard

It’s exhilarating for an aspiring athlete to fantasize about the future - playing in front of thousands of adoring fans, leading your favorite childhood team to a championship and making enough...

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Misconception - Athletes are Born, Not Bred

As families around the world wrap up their holiday festivities, many of us are left with a bunch of sh-tuff that we didn’t want or need; however, mixed in with all the material things is the...

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Misconception - A Called Third Strike is a Wasted Opportunity

From little league players with little experience to big leaguers with thousands of at-bats under their belt, nobody likes to strike out. Taking the walk of shame back to the dugout, after failing...

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Misconception - Look at the "Top Half" of the Ball

The concept of trying to hit the “top half” of the ball is a commonly endorsed hitting strategy throughout baseball and softball. Is this a way of encouraging a player to stay on top of the ball?...

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Misconception - Hands take the Barrel of the Bat to the Ball

A common misconception in baseball and softball is that a hitter should throw their hands at the ball, essentially being responsible for taking the barrel of the bat to contact. This is false,...

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Misconception - A Hitter Should Break their Wrist at Contact

A common misconception is that a hitter should break their wrist at the point of contact while swinging a bat. This concept is completely false and will only lead to frustrating performance and...

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Misconception - Line Up the Knuckles when Gripping a Bat

The baseball grip has never been too complicated. For the most part, an athlete grabs their lumber (or aluminum) as they would naturally and they take their cuts. Unlike the golf swing, which has...

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Misconception - It’s Okay to be Off Balance after Contact

The “Bad Ball Hitter” is often romanticized in the game of baseball. Past and present players like Vladimir Guerrero and Pablo Sandoval are celebrated for their ability to barrel pitches that are...

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Misconception - It's Impossible to See the Bat Hit the Ball

When I was growing up playing ball in the ‘80s and ‘90s there were a number of common “nuggets” that the youth coaches bestowed upon us.

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Misconception - Practice Makes Perfect

When I was a kid, I was fortunate enough to attend a few sports camps during the summer - football, basketball and baseball - most of which were held at Shasta College in Redding, California.

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Misconception - A Hitter Should Only Think About Their Mechanics During Tee Work and Soft Toss Drills

When a batter steps up to the plate in a game, they should have a clear mind and only consider the task at hand - making solid contact with the ball. The previous at-bat, any miscues in the field...

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Misconception - Hit 'em Where They Ain't

The game of baseball has provided its fans with an abundance of quotes, phrases and mottos over the years. Most of these sayings meet the criteria for a decent laugh or smirk at the very least,...

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Misconception - A Strikeout is the Worst Outcome in an At-Bat

Anyone who has ever stepped foot into a batter’s box understands the feeling. Striding to the plate in front of a crowd of people, mostly strangers, can be a nerve wracking experience to say the...

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Misconception - Hitting is an Art, not a Science

There are a lot of interesting hitting theories out there, and while some are better than others, it’s safe to say that when it comes to batting - there is a great deal of individuality involved...

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Misconception - The Weight Room is the Best Place for a Hitter to Develop Power

It’s commonly believed that if athletes want to dominate in their respective sports, they should dedicate themselves to long hours in the weight room. After all, somebody who looks like Arnold...

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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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