<img src="//bat.bing.com/action/0?ti=5140477&Ver=2" height="0" width="0" style="display:none; visibility: hidden;" />
My Account  |  0 item(s)    View Cart
 

Shipping is free to the contiguous 48 United States. Alaska, Hawaii and Canada please call for a shipping quote.

Pay Later

Pitching Machine Stop Discounts

Baseball & Softball Tips of the Week - 3/31/2019

Posted by on 3/31/2019 to Tips of the Week

OK, I admit it, I screwed up. I'm not into subscribing to channels or following people's social media because I just want the good stuff - articles and videos that pertain to baseball or softball. I don't care about what/where people ate, what movie they watched and all the other assorted fluff you get from social media. I also get enough spam, so I don't want to provide my email address so that I can subscribe to a channel.

I'm old school and follow the people and blogs that I do through RSS feeds. Most of the places/people I follow don't publish that RSS feed (these days, probably few even know their blog/channel has such a thing). If you've been at this gig for as long as I have, you know how to find the unpublished RSS feed of a blog or how to create an RSS feed from a YouTube channel.

But, sometimes the best laid plans don't work out so well when human error enters the picture (that would be me). Somehow, I paused the feeds from the majority of the people I follow. I have no clue how I did it or when, but I know that I've been missing the feeds from Dan Blewett, Matt Antonelli and others. I just assumed they were busy helping prospects during spring training and weren't publishing any of their excellent tips. Nope; they were still pumping them out; I just wasn't getting them.

Man, you should have seen the deluge of missed tips that flooded my inbox this morning when I discovered the error. I had to immediately delete all of the ones from past weeks but there were still a ton from this week (and up until then, I assumed it was just another slow week).

Now that everything is working correctly again, it became a really tough week - not because there weren't enough great tips, but because there were too many! A lot of really great ones got left on the cutting room floor, so if you made it onto the list this week, your tips were truly stellar. Not surprisingly, most of the best ones were from Dan Blewett and Matt Antonelli. No, this is not a make-up for missing all the ones I did over the last several weeks; they really were the best. Here's the best of the best from this week ...

The Correct Way to Throw a Changeup - If you want to know how to throw a consistent changeup, Dan Blewett shows you the way he did it and the method that has worked for hundreds of other pitchers he has coached. This is the traditional, tried and true method where a simple grip change leads to most of the difference in speed ...


Another Way to Throw a Changeup - One of the truly fun things about baseball is all of the different ways people come up with to accomplish the same thing (it's similar to golf in that respect). In the following video, Matt Antonelli interviews Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Marco Estrada, who has a completely different way of throwing a changeup. He doesn't adjust his grip at all! Instead, he takes speed off the ball by under-utilizing his lower body ...


What's the Deal with Launch Angle? - You hear so many people these days talking about launch angle and although you may know what it is, you may not know why it has become such a hot topic nor why the current theory is what it is. In this video, Lucas Cook discusses the theory behind launch angle, why it has changed in the past decade and why the ideal launch angle for some players and situations may not be the best one for others. Check it out, below:


What's it Really Like Playing in the Minors? - Matt Antonelli has talked about this before, but since he hasn't been playing pro ball for nearly a decade, he thought he'd get a fresh perspective and see if anything has changed since his days in the minor leagues. He interviews Max Burt, who recently was signed by the Yankees organization, about his first impressions of playing in the minors ...


Improve Your Pitching Efficiency By Dividing the Plate - In this video, Dan Blewett talks about how difficult it is to pinpoint a pitch and why it is usually a better idea - especially with some pitch counts - to divide the plate into halves and aim down the middle of that half. The key is the count, though, and knowing what and where to pitch, when. Check it out, below ...


Hitting 101 ... Back to Basics - Sometimes, even the most experienced hitters go through slumps and oftentimes, the problems they are experiencing come down to just one very basic adjustment - something they learned long ago but has slipped away. Whether you are new to the game, been playing for a few years or many, it's always good to refresh with a review of the basics of hitting. Dan Blewett goes through them in this video ...


How to Throw a Sinker - As great as a curveball or changeup can be at fooling hitters, nothing is harder for a batter to hit than a sinker. That's because it drops out of their swing plane and is impossible to adjust for in time to make solid contact. Matt Antonelli discusses how to throw one in this video ...


How to Throw Fewer Pitches Per Outing - Maybe not so much with young little league pitchers, who have more time between starts and rules that dictate how often they can pitch, but for pitchers who are at least 13 years of age, it's of paramount importance to get a hitter out in as few pitches as possible. This allows players to pitch more often and also is better, long term, on their arms. In this video, Dan Blewett explains "three pitch efficiency" - what to throw and when - so that pitchers can get out of innings with fewer pitches thrown ...


Common Mistakes That Lead to Loss of Pitching Velocity - In this video, Matt Antonelli talks with John Madden - former pitcher in the Padres and Dodgers organizations - about the mistakes he sees pitchers making most often that suck the velocity out of their pitches ...


Why Is This Happening to Me? - I saved my personal favorite for last. No, it's not necessarily a tip but more of a look at the mindset of a player who is struggling with whether or not to continue after another devastating injury. It's real and it's raw - something I'm sure took some guts for Dan Blewett to put together ...

Add Comment