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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Eating Good For Pitching

Why does the pitcher in particular need to focus on a good, balanced wholesome diet? In order to approach the reasons efficiently, you first need to understand what pitching does to the body of the pitcher. The very nature of the baseball pitch is a full body powerful movement that is marked by both extreme technique and speed. The technique involved requires the entire body to work in one fluid motion to send the ball flying at immense speeds toward the catcher’s mitt. Not only does the body need perfect coordination, but it is from the nerves that are sent from the brain that coordinate the movement of a pitcher in perfect harmony. Also, the arm and shoulder girdle, particularly the rotator cuff are exposed to tremendous speed and force development. It is this speed and force that leads to trauma to the tendons and muscles of the shoulder and arm. Also, working at full speed takes a toll on even the nerves themselves.

Now that you have a rough idea of what the pitcher’s body is exposed to at every practice, you must understand why diet plays such an important role. Our bodies get all the nutrients they need to repair and rebuild from the food we eat. If the proper nutrients that a nutritious balanced diet offers are not available for utilization by the body, the body will not be able to heal effectively, nor rebuild damaged tissues. This means that all the wear and tear from daily practices will slowly destroy the body and the body will not be able to cope over the long term. On the other hand, a body that has a full balanced diet has all the nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild, and hence adapt to training. It is through adaptation that the pitcher becomes faster, stronger, and better. Hence, it is a proper diet that leads to better pitching.

Better pitching is possible only through proper training coupled with a body that is receiving all the tools it needs to repair itself and adapt. A healthy balanced diet allows the pitcher’s body not only to repair itself after the wear and tear of every practice, but also gives the body the necessary energy to give 100% at each and every practice. With this extra vitality, the quality of the baseball training itself is augmented, leading to greater gains. So not only does diet do the obvious by allowing the baseball pitcher to recover from the cruel and unusual punishment that the fastball represents, but it also allows the fastball to get much, much faster!

Baseball Coaching Digest

The stated purpose of the infield fly rule, in most baseball rule books, is that the rule is enforced to prevent a defensive player from dropping a fly ball on purpose or letting a infield fly drop to the ground untouched with the intention of trying to turn a double play.

For example, there are runners at first and second base with no outs. The third short stop is fielding a high pop fly hit high between him and second base. If we did not have the “In-Field-Fly” rule, he could let it drop. Pick it up and quickly touch second base, then throw to third to get a tag on the second base runner for the double play. The defense has turned an easy double play. The two runners being forced to tag up on the play have no chance of advancing to the next base in time to prevent the outs.

Another scenario would be bases loaded, an infield fly is hit high that will land three feet in front of home plate. The catcher sets up to make the catch. He allows the ball to hit. He quickly picks it up, touches home plate for the first out and then he throws the ball to the third baseman who is set up on the bag. The third base man catches the ball, tags the base for the second out, and then throws to second base for the completed triple play. If there was no infield fly rule, the following could happen: Runners are on first and second with less than 2 outs. Pop fly is hit to the third baseman. He intentionally drops the fly ball, picks it up, tags third and then makes the throw to second base to complete a double play. It is an easy triple play because all three runners are tagging up on their bases in anticipation that the ball to be caught.

Baseball Cleats

Check out the different baseball cleats:

– Molded Rubber cleats have grooves and smaller protrusions in the middle of the sole. These baseball shoes are worn by youth players. Works better on loose dirt. Ideal choice for beginners and intermediate level players.

– Metal cleats feature round bladed studs around the edges that are pointed in different directions. This type of cleats offers excellent traction on grass fields and dirt surfaces. Works better on places where they can penetrate grass and sand surface. High school, college and professional players use metal cleats which have permanent metal spikes.

– Turf cleats come with rubber bottoms, featuring shallow patterns for more traction and works well on asphalt and concrete surfaces. Ideal for training and field drills.

– Interchangeable cleats – As the name suggests, the studs can be changed from metal to rubber. The studs can be easily screwed on and off.

League Baseball Swing

1. Batting Skill – There is only one way to improve batting skill. That is making sure that the batter takes a high number of practice swings daily or at least 3 times a week year round. The younger the batter begins this practice routine, the batter. It is crucial to batting skill development that the batter receives proper instruction as to proper hitting mechanics.

2. Bat Speed – The grip must be perfect with the fingers aligned and the bat handle gripped in the fingers and not deep in the palm. The batter must have adequate strength to get the bat speed generated. The absolute best way to improve hand and arm strength is do finger pushups, weight roll ups with the arms extended and wrist curls with the arms on a bench.

3. Good Eye for the Ball – There are two things involved in having a good batting eye at the plate. First the batter must learn the strike zone and be able to determine quickly whether a pitch is a in the strike zone or out of it. The other thing that makes the eyes of the batter an asset at the plate, is when the batter has the ability to pitch the ball up very quickly as it is released from the hand of the pitcher. The batter must learn to identify pitches, the spin on the ball, the pitchers arm slot, and the pitchers release point. There are many drills that can help a better have a better eye. One such drill is a “tracking” drill in which the batter stands in while a pitcher throws his bull pen. The batter verbally calls out the type of pitch and its location. The batter will call the pitch in this order…strike, fastball, in or ball, curve ball, off the plate away.

4. Proper Timing – Good timing is something that all great hitters possess. They know when to load and when to launch. They are never late on the fastball. They are never early on the off speed pitch. They know exactly when to attack the pitch based on where the pitch is located. The always attack the inside fastball early. They always attack the fastball down the middle when it gets over the plate. And most important of all, they attack the off-speed pitch late when it gets just inside the back foot. One of the best drills to develop timing is the do a front long toss drill. The pitcher should vary locations, speed and pitch types.