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Who is Baseball's Best Backup Catcher?

July 27, 2018  By EZRA RAWDON Having spent most of my career as a backup catcher at the scholastic and collegiate level, I have developed into a fan of MLB backup catchers. In an attempt to satisfy my curiosity on who might be the most valuable in baseball at the moment, I decided to dig in using some of the interesting and illuminating data at Sports Info Solutions. The question of how to properly evaluate a backup catcher presents  a challenge. Backup catchers generally provide most of their value on the defensive side of the ball. There are few if any backups who can hit well enough to offset poor defense, especially in a role where defense is valued heavily....

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Motivation is the Key to Hitting Success

Motivation is the Key to Hitting Success Written by Mike Edger The motivation to succeed in baseball begins with an athlete’s dream or mission. Some athletes’ dreams started early in life when they fell in love with baseball. Other athletes recognized their talent and potential to play the game. No matter what fostered their dreams, they became actively engaged into their mission to be the best they could be. The best ball players in the world have an intense desire to be great, which is fueled by their childhood dreams of winning their first little league world series or winning the college world series. The childhood dreams fuel the drive to practice and play day after day and learn as much...

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Developing Your Team Leaders by KeepPlayingBaseball.org

By Tom Briner With high school baseball season in full swing, we wanted to give you high school coaches some advice to help you groom your captains into leaders. It is absolutely essential to have strong leaders who will help motivate the team both on and off the field, while being liaisons between other players and coaches. By this point of the season, your leaders should start becoming apparent. Here are some steps to help you develop your leaders. 1.      Evaluate who your leaders are. Frequently, coaches think that their best players are always their leaders. You should maintain an open mind. Let your players know that even though they might not be starting, they can be leaders. Non-starter leaders can make sure the bench stays in the game, pick the other teams’...

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Coaching Feels and Thought Process

Coaching Swing Mechanics Coaching a certain feel to a swing is often discussed with talented players at higher baseball levels. However these conversations can often be tough to coach and discuss, in order for players to understand. When a baseball is coming towards a hitter there are a couple of factors at play. The feel of the swing to the hitter himself, the thought process as the pitcher gets set, and what the hitter actually looked like or the reaction to the baseball. So yes the more athletic you are and more in shape you are the better reaction you will have, but there are also great hitters with just excellent reaction, causing a smooth bat path. The idea of...

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20 Hitting Tips

20 Hitting Tips by Hittingworld.com   Hitting with two strikes can be difficult.  If you choke up you will be able to control the bat better and strike out less.  Good hitters choke up with two strikes. Staying “Inside the ball” means to keep the bat as close to the body for as long as possible.  This will help you have more bat speed and hit the ball harder. In order to hit with more power, try using your legs better.  Power hitters roll up onto their back toe at contact.  This will help you to use all the power in your legs and hit the ball harder and further more consistently. Being in a proper, balanced stance is vital....

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