Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
“People would be shocked at how hard they work away from practice … early in the morning, after practice, late at night. They may have one or two workouts they do every day in addition to practice to keep themselves prepared.”
Thursday, April 23, 2009
And How To Use This Secret To Your Advantage When Pitching
The 1-1 count is the crossroads in the hitter-pitcher matchup. It's the difference between a batter moving to the edge of the two-strike abyss or getting ahead 2-1 and being able to anticipate the type and location of the next pitch.
Here are the results for all MLB hitters this season after each count.
1-1 became 1-2 BA: .188 OBP: .241 SLG: .283 OPS: .524
1-1 became 2-1 BA: .263 OBP: .398 SLG: .423 OPS: .821
What do the stats tell you? Get ahead of hitters in the count, PITCH AHEAD!
In failing to have a good bunting game players lose the other values of hitting that come from bunting concepts. The threat of the drag bunt keeps the flanks (third and first basemen) playing close to the hitter. This increases the hitter's advantage to drive the ball past them. In sacrifice bunt situations, the good bunters have the ability to slash hit from a bunting stance, once again taking advantage of the drawn-in infield. The ability to drag bunt, sacrifice bunt and slash hit from a bunting stance will increase every player's batting average at least 100 points. I did say 100 points! Coaches armed with a good bunting game have the weaponry to attack and score in adverse weather conditions, wind blowing in, cold and wet weather. The bunting game helps you create offense no matter what the occasion or condition.
Bunting in baseball is as important as blocking in football. In football if you can't block you won't move the football, you won't generate any offense, and you will lose. In baseball, there is a "ho-hum, don't ask ME to bunt" attitude. In building a house you start with a good foundation. A coach must treat the bunting game as the foundation of hitting and offensive weaponry. There are many aspects of the bunting game, including the drag bunt, the threat of the drag to keep the flanks up, the sacrifice bunt, slash hitting from the sacrifice bunt stance, the safety squeeze and the suicide squeeze. All of these concepts place tremendous psychological pressure on the defense, which can cause havoc with the pitcher and can force errors by the opposing team.
Bill Madlock, former major league all-star, related that the year he won the National League batting championship by one percentage point, he was successful in 22 of 23 drag bunt attempts. This added quite a few points to his batting average. We can only guess how many other balls that he hit went by the drawn-in third baseman.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. - Muhammad Ali
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all? - Joe Namath You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and in life. - Pete Rose
Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common. - Satchel Paige
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day. - Willie Mays
If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat. - Herschel Walker
It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. - Muhammad Ali
Friday, April 17, 2009
-ARE YOU COACHABLE?
Do you have a burning desire to learn? Can you take constructive criticism or are you a “know it all”? Will you always do your very best to improve? Do you want to improve?
-ARE YOU COMPETITIVE?
Are you possessed with the spirit of competition which fires an intense desire to achieve? Do you want to win, never taking “no” for an answer when there is a job to be done, a catch to be made, a runner to be moved, a pitch to be taken. DOES IT BOTHER YOU TO GIVE LESS THAN YOUR BEST EFFORT?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Often we see the result but not the work it took to get there. We see the highlight on SportsCenter but not the hours of practicing the routine plays that lead to that great play. Many athletes have tremendous God-given gifts, but they don't focus on the development of those gifts. Who are these individuals? You've never heard of them- and you never will. It's true in sports and it's true everywhere in life. Hard work is the difference. Very hard work.