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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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Appreciating Michael Jordan's Summer in Spikes

One of the most improbable and fascinating sports stories of my lifetime, occurred in the summer of 1994, throughout minor league ballparks in the southern part of the United States. During that...

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Simulating Gerrit Cole's $324 Million Arm on the MaxBP

The New York Yankees have rocked the baseball world by signing former Houston Astros' ace Gerrit Cole to a 9-year, $324 Million contract - a $36 Million annual salary. Cole was the prized free...

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Say What? Setting the Record Straight with Babe Ruth

Over the years, there have been many famous baseball players who have contributed to the sports’ success. Players whose names are synonymous with greatness - Mays, Mantle, Gehrig, Musial, Bench,...

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Don't Reinvent the Wheel - Barry Bonds

From the time Barry Bonds was a young boy, hanging around the Candlestick Park Clubhouse with his father Bobby, his godfather Willie Mays and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey - Bonds seemed destined...

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Say What? Driving Lessons with Dodgers' Legend Tommy Lasorda

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was known for his fiery personality, candid opinions and a winning brand. Often referred to as “The Godfather,” Lasorda is beloved in Los Angeles...

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Simulating the Velocity of Mets’ Legend Sidd Finch on a MaxBP

On April 1, 1985, Sports Illustrated featured an article in their magazine titled, “The Curious Case of Sidd Finch,” a story about an unknown baseball phenom with an unusual past.

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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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The Scariest Hitters of All-Time - Part 2

Yesterday, we introduced Major League Baseball's Scariest Hitters of All-Time with the honorable mentions and #6-10 on our list. Today, we'll present our Top 5!

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The Scariest Hitters of All-Time - Part 1

The Major League Baseball season came to an end last night with the Nationals securing the first World Series in the Nation’s Capital since 1924. As baseball enthusiasts endure the next five...

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How Nationals’ Phenom Juan Soto Adjusts in a Two-Strike Count

Amidst the madness that was Game 6 of the 2019 World Series last night, Fox broadcaster John Smoltz broke down an intriguing aspect of Washington outfielder Juan Soto’s swing - the way he adjusts...

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2019 World Series, Game-by-Game Prediction - Houston vs. Washington

The 2019 Fall Classic will begin this evening in Houston, Texas, as the American League Champion Houston Astros play host to the National League Champion Washington Nationals.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The 2019 Hall of Fame of Class - Legends, Longevity and Popularity

A new group of ballplayers were enshrined into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. An impressive collection of athletes that played the game “the right way” and were rewarded for it.

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MaxBP featured on MLB Network with Sean Casey

Hear from former Major League hitter and MLB Network host Sean Casey (.302 career BA) on how visual training and small ball drills are crucial to getting the most out of your batting practice...

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Batting Stances - Not All Are Created Equal

One of the great things about baseball is the "batting stance." For generations aspiring athletes, myself included, have stood in front of a mirror and tried to replicate the stances of their...

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Stayin' Alive! The Art of Fouling Off Pitches - with Brandon Belt

It was one of those beautiful moments in baseball - when all you could do was laugh. The announcers, the capacity crowd and both dugouts. Next the players on the field covered their smiling faces...

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The Epic 2019 HR Derby and How to Recreate it in Your Own Backyard

Best. Home Run Derby. Ever.

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The 2019 Home Run Derby - A history of the event and predictions for this year’s field

It’s an exciting time for Major League Baseball and it’s fans, as the home run ball is back and better than ever. As baseballs fly out of the 30 MLB Stadiums at an alarming rate, what better way...

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