A Sinful Pitch

For several years, it was nearly unhittable. He threw it between 94-97 miles per hour. It bore in on left-handers and moved away from right-handers. Appearing to be a fastball out of his hand, it was altogether something different by the time it broke the bats of...

The Danger of Recreational Baseball

It’s the same at every level of amateur baseball. If you hang around a practice long enough, you’ll see the teams that are purely recreational and the teams that have more in mind than just “fun.” Unfortunately, for the purely recreational...

Where It All Starts

We study the game. We go to conferences. We make practice plans. We scout opponents. We are meticulous in our preparation for the upcoming season. Nothing escapes our notice. But if we aren’t careful, the most important thing will escape us and we’ll be...

Try This Principle for a Week

“These guys think they know everything. They won’t listen. They need to be humbled by a few losses so they can decide they want to be coached again.” I’ve said those very things about guys I’ve coached. All the while, I forget I was and...

Some Things Are Certain

Some things are certain in baseball. You can’t hang curve balls to good hitters. If a pitcher hits his spot with his pitch, you don’t have a chance. That’s just the way it is. Good hitters hit those hangers a mile. A fastball painted low and away is...

A Greater Test than Failure

How a player or coach responds to failure is revealing. During a slump, after a bad play or pitch, during a series of losses…players and coaches are put to the test during those times. Some handle it well, continuing to maintain their composure and work ethic in the...