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The Importance of Timing your Stride

For most hitters the stride is used to initiate the swing. It triggers the rest of the body to move into action and to perform its mechanics. The stride is also vital to a hitter’s timing at the...

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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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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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Approach Every Pitch with an Opportunistic Mentality

One of the biggest hurdles for developing hitters is having the right mentality when they step into the batter’s box. Without confidence and a keen focus on each and every pitch, a hitter is...

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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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Winter is Coming - Benefits of Indoor Training

Halloween has passed, the pumpkins have been smashed, and the weather has turned. Depending on one’s location, it’s tough to make progress during the winter months - Mother Nature holds no...

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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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