This is often a question players begin asking themselves as you get to higher levels of baseball. In my career, I was a feel hitter until a little before college when I realized that the more ways I can physically confirm a feel with tangible data the more I can reduce my overall margin of error and increase my swing feel and my performance. At the end of the day, how can I barrel more baseballs? The confirmation of a feel via film can also confirm different aspects of the swing and different stages of feel. Ok, hold on, what are you talking about….
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.
Below is a post game talk from Indiana University’s Head Coach, Jeff Mercer. I think this video does a fantastic job of portraying why having a team mentality on and off the field is so crucial to success. What do I mean by Team Mentality? I’m talking about being the guys that push themselves to be better on and off the field everyday. The guys that wanna help other guys push themselves everyday to be the best ball player they can be.
Ron Washington has had the opportunity to coach and train with a lot of great players, and now with the Braves a lot of talented young players. The concept he is discussing here is a team concept, a work ethic concept, a general concept of success. How do you do your job every single day, the right way? Whether it be on the field or off the field, in order to be great, 100% effort and focus is required day in and day out. Everyday is an opportunity to prove to yourself that you CAN do it the right way. Nothing great ever comes easy, and this applies not only to baseball, but to life.
In life and in Baseball you will fail. You will fail more times than expected. You will fail, when you least expect it. But the big question is, how can you grow from those failures? How will those failures define your next at bat, your next presentation or meeting, your next start on the bump?
Every year in the off-season the anxiety and apprehension of how a team will come
together and form a culture that could be successful is overwhelming. Sleepless
nights over the past twenty years have recently been remedied by my “go to”
solution of having our team give back to the community through getting involved
with clinics, practices, and participating in fundraising efforts for people with