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October 2, 2009

Utilizing situational hitting to improve fielding, baserunning

How many times in a close game have you had a runner make a mistake on the bases that might have cost you a big inning? We always get upset by such things and wonder what they are thinking and what we could do about it. Our first thought: Have we ...


October 2, 2009

Urban Baseball

Boosting the Young Player’s Performance"I haven’t had a problem filling out a roster, but I have had a problem filling it with quality players. We can always find two or three players who can play with anybody, but getting a solid nine is...


October 2, 2009

Baseball: Turning your ‘throwers’ into pitchers

Finding kids with live arms usually poses a problem. At every level from the Little League to the big leagues, you can find young pitchers with the ability to do it, depending greatly on how they are coached. Many pitchers try to get by on vel...


October 2, 2009

The Priority System in Baseball

Who’s got the ball?A collision or near-collision between two outfielders, two infielders, or an infielder and an outfielder can prove costly during a ball game. It usually occurs between a pair of determined, aggressive players, who fail to hea...


October 2, 2009

The Joe Torre Story

The Yankees skipper has earned his pinstripes through 10 seasons in The BronxCOACH: We know that you were born and bred in New York City, graduating in 1958 from St. Francis Prep School in Brooklyn. What was your childhood like?TORRE: My childhood wa...


October 2, 2009

Infield Drill Series With Winning Reps

With fall baseball season just around the corner, I would like to share some of the things we do at Rogers H.S., particularly in the way we challenge defensive situations.We make a concentrated effort to practice the multiple things that can make or ...


October 2, 2009

He Built It and They Came

In 1977, Gene Stephenson took over a non-existent baseball program at Wichita State. Since then, he has solidified his legendary rating as one of the premier coaches in college baseball en route to elevating the Shockers— the winningest Divisio...


October 2, 2009

Winning High School Baseball by the Books

Winning High School Baseball by the BooksHigh school coaches do not have to target and recruit athletes to fit a specific philosophy. Since most schools have a roster of decent athletes who are eager and teachable, the coaches need merely adapt to th...


October 2, 2009

Baseball/Softball: An infield drill series with winning reps

As a high school baseball coach, I used to find it difficult to coach everyone at the same time. I often had to struggle to get my infielders a lot of repetitions in practice. That was until I found out what could be done with one fungo hitter, a ...


October 2, 2009

A scientific slump cure

Baseball hitters at all levels of play experience slumps. Normally good hitters go through periods where they can’t even buy a base hit. A whole body of baseball myth and folklore has sprung up through the years around just how to break a slump. ...