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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Best Batting Practice Techniques When Hitting A Baseball?

Baseball Batting Practice Techniques

By Guest Author: Jacob Bennet

There are some key things to follow when standing at home plate ready to swing away. However, before you start swinging at the very first pitch, its important to understand the following. Your mindset, proper footing, body stance, arm positioning, bat positioning, hip placement, neck and head and swing follow through. This may sound like a lot of batting practice steps to follow and for youngsters to understand, but you'd be surprised at how much they will pay attention, if you can almost guarantee them, they'll hit the ball.

Your batter's mindset is important and further instilled during your prior week's baseball hitting training drills. Unlike practice, they will face some stink-eye from the pitcher and usually a big-mouth degrading comments from the catcher, in hopes to try to confuse your batter. Your batter will need to have a solid understanding of the steps mentioned above (we'll go through each one in more detail), so that their confidence is high, both from the confidence from your voice and encouragement and more importantly from the repetition of successful ball contact during prior batting practice.

When your batter stands up to the home plate, you want to have them initially obtain proper footing and spread their legs, the rear leg behind the plate, and the other covering two-thirds covering home plate. This stance should be about shoulder width and comfortable to your batter, with both feet pointing forward and not towards the pitcher or catcher. This isn't their end stance as will be mentioned in a minute, but for now when they first walk up to the plate to bat, have them stand with their feet spread about shoulder width apart.

Standing at the plate during batting practice, you'll want your batter to bend their knees a few 3-5 times, to make sure they are not stiff, and feel a bit flexible. Bending their knees a few times will also add to helping them feel comfortable and in charge. Their body above the torso should be mostly straight up and down, with an ever-so-slight curve forward over the plate.

If they are right-handed, their left side should be facing the pitcher, with their right grip above the left grip when holding the bat. Likewise, if they are left-handed, they should have their right shoulder facing the pitcher and their left grip above the right, again when holding the bat. As a side note, but extremely important, make sure they follow these steps during both batting practice as well as during each game.

As a right hand batter, their right elbow should be placed almost level with their right shoulder, in other words, as they lift up the bat, their right fist should be level with their right elbow which should be level with their right shoulder. By focusing on forming a level horizontal "V" shape, this will help ensure their elbow is held high and does not droop down.

With the proper elbow placement, the bat (for a right-hand batter) should be angled forward at about a 10:00 o-clock position. Don't let your batter start off batting practice with the bat drooping down or even at a 9:00 angle, rather 10:00 - 10:30 bat positioning is best for the soon to be swing and follow through.

To recap thus far, the feet should be spread apart, toes pointing perpendicular to the pitcher and catcher line-up. Bring the bat back to about ten o'clock with the elbow up and level with their fist and shoulder. Now have them twist back, or "cock" or wind up their hips back away from the pitcher.

Make sure during batting practice that they bring back the forward foot so that it's just a couple of inches from the rear foot, still remaining parallel to each other. And don't let them deviate during game day.

Now have your batter look that pitcher into the eye and be ready to follow their pitching arm letting go of the ball and do not let them take their eye off the ball. And as they stare down the ball coming towards them, have them step out with their forward foot, un-wind their hips and swing their bat as hard as they can and point their forward foot towards the direction they want to hit the ball. Following these above mentioned steps during your weekly or daily batting practice, will help ensure a less timid and more confident team on game day.

Jacob Bennet is a father of 4 boys and loves to coach his son's baseball teams. His reviews of various team sports equipment including various types of batting cages, pitching machines and even likes to share his expertise on batting practice techniques. He is eager to help both players and coaches make good sound decisions when searching for specific baseball supplies and even the less fun, but more important baseball supplies like pitching machines, batting cages along with the best ways to create and experience an effective practice for your team.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Baseball Hitting Tips with Don Mattingly: Stance and position in the box

Baseball Hitting Tips with Don Mattingly. Showing the correct batting stance and box positioning in baseball. For more info, visit

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Immaculate Inning and Other Baseball Rarities

The Immaculate Inning and Other Baseball Rarities

By Michael Piccoli

By its very nature, baseball is the sport that is most conducive to endless debates and arguments over the relative merits of its players. Since each of the ballparks is unique with respect to the size and shape of their outfields and the height of their fences, there will never be a logical way to determine the definitive "best" pitcher or hitter. Unlike basketball or tennis, for example, baseball is not played in a uniform setting which makes comparing the statistics of players, who play half of their games in their own unique home stadiums, dubious at best.

There are, however, rare player accomplishments in baseball history which transcend the differences of the playing fields, or the weather conditions at the time, or anything else for that matter. They are noteworthy for both their tremendous infrequency and their high level of achievement... and they also provide excellent material for baseball trivia questions. I suspect fans will argue over which feat is the most impressive for some time to come. Here are a few to consider:

•The Immaculate Inning - Three batters are struck out in the same half inning on just 9 pitches thrown by the same pitcher. This feat has been accomplished only 47 times in Major League Baseball history. Forty-four pitchers have done it once during their careers while 3 have done it twice. You realize it's a rare event when you look at the number of possible opportunities versus the number of actual occurrences. In each game, pitchers have 8 or 9 opportunities to pitch a half inning. Each of 30 teams play 162 games each. That's a range of between 38,880-43,740 chances for all pitchers to pitch an Immaculate Inning... and that is during only ONE season! Multiply those numbers by, say, only 30 seasons and you get 1,166,400 - 1,312,200 opportunities. Now compare that to only 47 actual occurrences. It's mind boggling!

•4 Home Runs In One Game By Same Batter - Only 16 players in the history of Major League Baseball have hit 4 home runs in one game. No batter has hit more than that and no player has hit 4 in a game more than once during his career. Again, the numbers are staggering: 9 players have an opportunity to hit 4 home runs in each of 162 games. There are 30 teams. The total opportunities are 43,740 in one season. If we multiply that number as we did in the first illustration by only 30 seasons, we get a grand total of 1,312,200 opportunities. We then compare 16 occurrences to that number. I'd say the 4 home run game is a baseball rarity!

•The Baseball Triple Crown For Batting - This award is given to the hitter who led his league in home runs, runs batted in and batting average all in the same season. Since the first Baseball Triple Crown was awarded for hitting in 1878, only 17 players have won it making it one of the rarest of all achievements in baseball. 17 winners in 135 years!

•The Baseball Triple Crown For Pitching - To win this award, a pitcher must lead his league in wins, strikeouts and earned run average all in the same season. While not as rare as the batting Triple Crown, this prize has been awarded only 38 times since it was first presented in 1877.

•The Perfect Game - A perfect game is achieved when a pitcher throws to the minimum number of batters from the opposing team and not one of them reaches base over nine innings. This means no hits, walks, hit batters, errors, catcher's interference or strikeouts with passed balls or wild pitches. Since there are 3 outs per inning and there are 9 innings, a pitcher must retire 27 batters in a row to achieve a perfect game. How rare is this? A total of only 23 perfect games have been pitched in Major League history since the first one in 1880. Statistically less rare (due to far less playoff games) but equally impressive is the one perfect game pitched in post-season history; Don Larsen of the New York Yankees needed only 97 pitches to make history in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

•Home Run During First At-Bat - In the history of Major League Baseball, only 113 batters have hit a home run in their very first at-bat. Of those 113 hitters, a mere 28 hit their respective home run on the very first pitch. Everyone was a rookie at some point in their careers so every player that ever got to the plate had a chance to hit a home run in his first at-bat. As it turns out, this accomplishment is one of the most rare events in baseball history.

In the Major Leagues, teams play 162 regular season games. The games' lengths are determined only by the time it takes to play 9 or more innings and not by a time clock. The pace is generally slow and deliberate. Winners and losers are not determined until the final out is recorded. Teams do come back from large deficits to win games when the odds are overwhelmingly not in their favor. Just one final pitch or swing of the bat can make history. The lack of time constraints can provide moments of great drama and rare feats of accomplishment.

We have discussed some of these rare feats, some of which took just a few seconds to accomplish while others occurred over the course of one game or an entire season. Our list was far from exhaustive but it does include some good material for baseball trivia questions! Did you think of any other baseball rarities? If so, we invite you to share them at our site.

Hi. My name is Mike and I started playing competitive baseball as a Little Leaguer in Upstate New York. Like all sports, baseball occasionally showcases rare and amazing accomplishments. On a personal level, we can all strive to reach our own goals and make our own history. With the right baseball equipment and supplies, we can experience our own glory days... even if it's only drawing a bases loaded walk to win a game. It's easy to get started with the information we provide @ If you'd like to learn about other sports equipment, we've got you covered there, too. Stop by today! And If you have any baseball rarities in mind, feel free to share them with our visitors by commenting on my blog @

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