coaching baseball

April 23, 2010

Outfielders need instruction too

Too many coaches don’t spend enough time on outfield defense — they just put a couple good athletes out there, hit them some fly balls and hope for the best when the game starts. But any team’s outfield defense can be improved and that impro...

February 5, 2010

California’s Winningest Prep Baseball Coach Dies

John Stevenson, who won 1.059 games in 50 baseball seasons at El Segundo High (Calif.), died Monday at the age of 76 due to a heart attack.

October 2, 2009

Working Up the Pitcher’s Starting Routine

Watch any quality major league pitcher prepare for a start and you will discover that he is observing an established routine. Once the routine is developed over a period of trial and error and the pitcher knows that it is working for him, we will exp...

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...