This week was dominated by great tips from Matt Antonelli and Dan Blewett. We've got hitting tips, fielding tips, pitching tips, tips for coaches and even a piece about what your mindset should be while sitting on the bench, hoping to get into the game. Here's the best from this past week ...
Coaches: How to Hit Fungo - Anyone who has ever had to hit balls for fielding practice knows that it isn't always the easiest thing to do - especially the longer the practice goes. Dan Blewett provides excellent tips for how to hit fly balls, towering pop-ups and grounders including what kind of bat you should be using.
Does Tommy John Surgery Help You Throw Harder? - I think we've all heard it ... people who say that they are throwing harder after getting Tommy John surgery. Unfortunately, some young people hear this and think it would be a good idea to have the surgery - even if they don't need it. Juan Rivera, who had the surgery, sets the record straight, pointing out that you definitely DO NOT want to have the surgery if you do not need it and the real reason that many pitchers throw harder after the surgery.
What to do While Warming the Bench - There are all sorts of things you can be doing while you are sitting on the bench, hoping to get into the game, that will make you better when your number is called and maybe even help you get more playing time in the future. Camille D.C. Sutton points out several in "How To Be The Smartest Player In The Dugout".
How to Throw a Slider - Dan Blewett breaks down the slider - what the spin is supposed to be, how to grip it and throw it.
Double Play Footwork - In these two videos, Matt Antonelli demonstrates the position a second baseman and a shortstop's feet need to be in BEFORE receiving the ball in order to be most effective at turning a double play.
The WRONG WAY To Do Tee Work - Coach Justin discusses six bad habits that people sometimes fall into when working with a batting tee.
Interview with Matt Chapman - FanGraph's David Laurila sits down with Oakland As Gold Glove third baseman, Matt Chapman, discussing hitting and how he has suddenly become known as a great hitting third baseman, too. Matt Chapman Talks Hitting
How to Throw a Curveball - Dan Blewett breaks down the curveball - what the spin is supposed to be, how to grip it and throw it.
How to Use Batting Practice to Better Prepare You for Game Time - Coach Justin discusses 5 different things you should be focusing on during batting practice that will make you better during an actual game.