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2 Day Major League Hitting Clinic $99

BLP ·
2 Day Major League Hitting Clinic Special $99 Register Here: http://blpacademy.com/camps-clinics/ Questions? Contact Coach Smiley @ geraldsmiley@gmail.com Dr. Chris Yeager holds a PHD in Human Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recognizes Dr. Yeager as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Dr. Yeager served as the Hitting and Pitching Mechanics Analyst for the San Diego Padres Player...
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Hitting Tips

RyyMann ·
I have been playing ball for over 13 years, but somehow I cannot get over the fear of the ball being so close to me, sometimes I jump back when in the box when really, i could have swung and it would have been a good hit. Do you guys have any tips for...
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Hit N Run Game Day Coach and Player Clinic

Hit-N-Run ·
Hit N Run Batting Cages announces the Game Day Baseball/Softball Education Program.  Sessions will be each Saturday in the month of Oct from 10a-12p at the Hit N Run Conference Room located at 110 Robinson Dr....
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Hitting - Faults and Fixes

Tom Bertin ·
Dear Students of the Game, I hope this digital correspondence finds all of you well. In my on-going and perpetual desire to learn more about the game I love, I recently came across 3 resources that can best be described as “Hitting – How to Detect and Correct”. Those 3 resources are: https://goo.gl/gA1iXM http://goo.gl/29N0em http://goo.gl/zGPrJI Whilst I would truly enjoy reading everyone’s opinion on the “detect and correct” methodology, that is not the purpose of this post. My purpose is...
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George Mason University Baseball Hitting and Offense Skills Camp

jmrw20 ·
11/06 – 12/04 ~ Friday to Friday 2015 Bill Brown Hitting and Offense Skills Camp (4-Week Friday Camp) Location: Mason Field House-Fairfax, VA | Grade 7-12 http://collegebaseballcamps.com/patriots
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Video Analysis of Players

Coach Snider ·
In the offseason I usually coach players at our local baseball facility. Unfortunately, I am away for the summer and the kids still want to work with me while I am away. I was wondering if there are any coaches that have experience with having their...
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Video Analysis of Players

Coach Snider ·
In the offseason I usually coach players at our local baseball facility. Unfortunately, I am away for the summer and the kids still want to work with me while I am away. I was wondering if there are any coaches that have experience with having their...
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Xmas gift for the kids

BBdad5 ·
The Ultimate Hitting Machine (Google it) is an excellent hitting aid for young kids, and an excellent Christmas gift.  Kids absolutely love it and I can guarantee it will help improve their hitting if used daily.
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The Dick Birmingham Memorial Sports Complex

cchiass ·
“The Birm” – features 6 full baseball fields of various age appropriate sizes for players ages 7-18, including 3 outdoor batting cages, newly renovated fields, fences, and dugouts. The Birm also offers delicious concessions, clean restrooms, large pavilions for parents and spectators, and a Marucci Pro Shop…but The Birm isn’t just another concrete filled cookie cutter park. We undertook the ambitious project of saving and restoring this classic baseball complex for the enjoyment of...
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JCG ·
That can be a tough one. First, make sure that you're turning away from truly inside pitch, and not just lurching backwards. Second, get acclimated. Ask your coach if you can stand in the box while the pitchers throw their pens.
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cabbagedad ·
I'm going to be completely honest with you. If you've been playing 13 years, you must be at least 16. If you are still afraid of getting hit at this point, you are going to have to take a fairly drastic step to get over that or find another sport (and nothing wrong with that). You will need to take a full-on "embrace getting hit" approach. Have someone throw inside pitches at you as you stand behind a square screen. Practice turning in and taking the hit on your large muscles for pitches...
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Soylent Green ·
Good stuff in the posts above. Along with standing in during pens, which some pitchers actually like having (others don't of course)... Try standing in with a pitching machine dialed up to mid to upper 90s. Depending on the machine, you might dial up a curve/slider type pitch shape along with FBs... Random mix if possible. Just grab a bat and work on striding while tracking each pitch... No swinging. Get comfortable with the speed and natural ball movement... And work your way in toward the...
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standballdad ·
Learn to direct your focus away from getting hit and only focus on attacking the ball. Be aggressive at the plate.
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Dadcoach ·
The first thing to avoiding a HBP relates to vision. As a hitter are you seeing the ball well? Do you wear glasses? Have you had your vision checked. The key to hitting is seeing the ball well and the same with avoiding being hit by a ball. If you pick up the ball as early as possible you have more reaction time and this is the whole key to confident at bats. If you are sure vision is not an issue then you MUST practice getting out of the way of the ball to become empowered with the...
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standballdad ·
Originally Posted by Dadcoach: There is actually proper technique and it involves turning AWAY from the ball, (not into it!) Remember- Good hitters avoid HBP and are good at hitting because they are skilled at seeing the ball well. You mean turn into the pitch right? Also a hitter will take a HBP to get on base (except the head) it shows lack of fear of the ball.
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JCG ·
Turn into the pitch? Must be a confusion of terms. Faced with a pitch off the plate inside, a right handed batter will tuck his left shoulder toward the catcher. Correct? I would call that turning away from the pitch. Reminds me of a kid I had in LL Minors. Big kid, bad attitude; had some potential, but was only there because his parents made him. I was showing him how to turn away from a pitch and wear it on his back so he wouldn't get hurt. He wouldn't hear of it. He said that if he was...
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standballdad ·
Originally Posted by JCG: Turn into the pitch? Must be a confusion of terms. Faced with a pitch off the plate inside, a right handed batter will tuck his left shoulder toward the catcher. Correct? I would call that turning away from the pitch. Reminds me of a kid I had in LL Minors. Big kid, bad attitude; had some potential, but was only there because his parents made him. I was showing him how to turn away from a pitch and wear it on his back so he wouldn't get hurt. He wouldn't hear of it.
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cabbagedad ·
Yup, I'm used to same terminology as Standball but just semantics. Dadcoach, everyone from at least HS JV up (if not younger) teaches and encourages players NOT to avoid HBP (unless at the head) but instead, how to get hit properly. Sorry, good hitters do not avoid HBP. OP is a teen and struggling with fear of HBP. The last thing he wants to be thinking about is to move to avoid being hit. You must be dad of a pitcher
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Dadcoach ·
Cabbagepatch, My son is actually a hitter, a sophomore who is leading his HS Varsity team in average and slugging so far this season. Scouts are fairly impressed with his approach and the training he has received. One of the keys to coaching is listening very careful to a player who is asking for help. You are right about HBP to the head. But this player has admitted he has true fear of the ball which is a special issue different than a regular hitter.It sounds like you have not coached a...
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cabbagedad ·
Originally Posted by cabbagedad: Originally Posted by Dadcoach: Cabbagepatch, My son is actually a hitter, a sophomore who is leading his HS Varsity team in average and slugging so far this season. Scouts are fairly impressed with his approach and the training he has received. One of the keys to coaching is listening very careful to a player who is asking for help. You are right about HBP to the head. But this player has admitted he has true fear of the ball which is a special issue...
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Dadcoach ·
Yes- we need to hear from RyyMann for his age and level of play- I am guessing around 16. There is a fascinating chapter in the book "Three Nights In August" by Buzz Bissinger where Tony LaRussa's view on the HBP and beanbballs are a factor. The chapter highlights how this can have a huge and permanent impact on the mental approach of a hitter. Until I read this book I never understood the "Self-Police" approach to paybacks and what it was about from a managers perspective. The book is a...
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Coach_Sampson ·
One of the things we did when I played was actually practicing getting hit by pitches. We would start out with a Juggs Lite Flight machine, just to get techniques down. Then we would then move on to an actual pitching machine set at about 65 with real balls. It helps you realize that it doesn't really hurt that much and it gets you over the fear.
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CoachB25 ·
Wow, cabbagedad has posted an impressive resume and his experience is still questioned and from movies. Ted Williams was HBP 39 times in his career. While that isn't a lot, he was dinged a few times. "Getting out of the way" means so many things to good hitters. For example, with my child, one drill we do is called "The Progression Drill." In that drill, I throw at her front hip, throw one down the middle and then throw one away. She protects herself or "gets out of the way" on the one to...
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NYdad2017 ·
Originally Posted by Dadcoach: Yes- we need to hear from RyyMann for his age and level of play- I am guessing around 16. There is a fascinating chapter in the book "Three Nights In August" by Buzz Bissinger where Tony LaRussa's view on the HBP and beanbballs are a factor. The chapter highlights how this can have a huge and permanent impact on the mental approach of a hitter. Until I read this book I never understood the "Self-Police" approach to paybacks and what it was about from a managers...
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2forU ·
Dad says 2 hands on bat? I think all dads say that. The question to you is did it help you hit the ball harder or more square?
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Two Hands on the Bat!!

Wesleythecacther ·
Been having a debate about this for a while with my dad, as I have now been in the habit of having a one-handed follow through. What is your opinion on the follow through after you swing? Should you have 2 hands on the bat? Does it help you hit the ball harder? Or is it okay to have a one-handed follow through?
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cabbagedad ·
I'll be curious to hear other responses. The top hand is a big part of the equation. In order to maximize bat speed and power, it must be fully engaged through the contact zone. For most, a good gage to measure that is where the top hand ends up at the finish of the swing. If it ends up at least up near the shoulder of the bottom hand, then top hand release was not too early. If it ends up low and across the mid-section, this is often an indication that release was early and the hitter...
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JCG ·
I'm just a dad and former Little League coach, not a HS coach like Cabbage, so take my opinion with a large dose of salt. 8 of the most successful teams in MLB are playing right now. Why not watch those guys and see how many finish their swing with one hand on the bat? I'm thinking you'll see that the great majority finish with 2 hands on. Of those few that take the top hand off, I think you'll see that it stays on at least until they extend through the ball -- IOW keep the top hand on past...
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Wesleythecacther ·
That's what dad says. And I'm not sure if it does, I think it probably does. But I'm not 100% sure.
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Wesleythecacther ·
I agree with the variables as to why the top hand could come off. I want to keep 2 hands on the bat, but the one handed follow through just happens.
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Wesleythecacther ·
I want to have a 2 handed follow through, just something I will work on. Got a tournament this weekend. Will try to get video then.
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Go44dad ·
No coach, like this....
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Consultant ·
Do you "chop" wood with hand or two. Bob
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Dominik85 ·
read this article https://baseballrebellion.com/...ith-one-hand-or-two/ both can work buy don't release before you finish the turn (back shoulder points to the pitcher).
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2019&21 Dad ·
Doesn't matter after contact. Can be either way if it helps you to square it up and hit as hard as you can. You may roll over on the ball or popup if you are trying to acheive an arbitrary post contact position such as 2 hands on the bat or being balanced AFTER contact. Once the ball leaves the bat there is NOTHING more you can do to effect the outcome. So 1 or 2 hands AFTER contact is irrelevant.
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Dominik85 ·
it sucks to be hit by a backswing but a catcher Needs to be Aware of that and set up properly. maybe that is even a slight Advantage of the one handed finish .
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2019&21 Dad ·
Still irrelevant. Wouldn't make me change how I hit. Apparently not a concern for so many others who do it too.
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CaCO3Girl ·
It's irrelevant right up to the point you hit my kid (the catcher) in the back of the head with your one hand release swing.
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Batty67 ·
My son is a catcher. It DOES such to be hit by a one-handed backswing. Especially by the same kid in back to back ABs. Fortunately, he wears a hockey style helmet and that's the only time he's ever been hit by a back swing. DOMINIK85: are you implying that potentially hitting a catcher with a backswing is a good thing (somehow)?
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Dominik85 ·
no not really but if the catcher has to stand back farther it could be a disadvantage. not advocating to do this intetionally of course. ken griffey had a huge backswing, that was just his swing and not intended to hurt catchers. catchers had to adapt to his swing and not vice versa. https://thunderblogsports.file...r-follow-through.jpg
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old_school ·
the most meaningless discussion in baseball...it doesn't matter if you release the bat properly. I have one who finishes with one hand and one who finishes with 2. There are mountains of videos showing awesome swings from both sides of the plate with both forms of release. nothing to see here folks.
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Wesleythecacther ·
But it doesn't matter when the hand is released. If it is released too early then you are not getting your money's worth on the swing, that's what I've learned from other people's comments.
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VMarlins ·
If I may.... The key to understanding is this. What is critical is the drive Thru the ball and not to the ball. Once a hitter drives through the ball with one palm up and one Palm down the wrist will roll over and the ball is gone! Hold on or let go... The torque of the body will determine it naturally!
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Wesleythecacther ·
As a catcher I don't care, it's a risk that I take. As a rule of thumb i will take my glove hand it fits a Righ handed batter and make sure my glove is 2 inches or so from his leg, then I should be good. But sometimes it just happens and I get hit. Doesn't matter, just shake it off and act like it doesn't happen, shows how tough you are anyways.
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coach2709 ·
Once contact has been made the only thing that matters is get out of the box and start running. One hand or two hands don't matter. I like what Cabbage said about where top hand ends up and switching to two hands for drill purposes. But once the ball is hit the swing is over and now you transition to running. If a catcher gets hit then it's the catcher's fault for being too close. I learned that back in the day when my throwing elbow got drilled by a bat on a follow through.
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2forU ·
Charlie Lau - What the critics failed to understand was that the hitter released his top hand only after making contact with the ball. A hitter could actually extend the bat further with one hand, rather than holding onto the bat with both hands. To Lau’s way of thinking, extension mattered more than gripping the bat with two hands after the fact. You will see batters that typically keep two hands on the bat alter that when having to extend for an outside pitch or for a pitch they misjudged.
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hsbaseball101 ·
LL, 17 and under, poor hitters should follow through with both hands to make sure they make good contact and maintain bat speed through contact. It's irrelevant for elite hitters though. I have a habit of holding onto the bat and then having to swing it around again to drop it after making contact, so letting go of the top hand after contact allows me to get to 1st faster.
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CaCO3Girl ·
My son, 14u, has been hit twice in the back of the head. Twice the batters have been called out instantly and both team coaches came running for him. In order to avoid it he would have had to have been at least 6 feet behind the plate, that's just not feasible. My hope is as the kids get older they can swing one handed without hitting the catcher.
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CaCO3Girl ·
RHB swings at an upward angle let's go with right hand, bat/arm continue motion as bat starts descending, body does a nearly full twist and the bat (while arm is fully extended) hits my son on the back of the head, HARD.
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