Everyone has their own regrets when it comes to different aspects of their life. We would all like the chance to go back and redo something for which we now have superior knowledge. Baseball is no different. When you look back on your career, you realize there are so many things you didn't understand that you could have benefited from knowing. Hopefully, reading this note will help prevent you from making some of the same mistakes that myself and other players made in their careers.
The Baseball Zone,
If you go to a baseball game (from Little League to pro ball), there’s a very good chance of you seeing a catcher get into their crouch and look over to their coach for a sign. You might not think anything of it but that catcher is missing out on a development opportunity he will not get back. And that coach may not be putting his team in an advantageous position. Catchers MUST learn to call pitches or they will never develop as catchers. A catcher that calls pitches, takes so much into consideration that they won’t even realize it until they’re forced to think about it. Things like stride direction, bat speed, physical adjustment, mentality, approach, are all things catchers will have the opportunity to assess when they’re calling pitches. Taking that away from them is like taking away their identity. Not only will you be taking their mind out of the game, you’re going to put them at a physical disadvantage as well.
coach player relationship,
There are hundreds of small techniques that a hitter can use to their advantage. Some techniques are more important than others but all of them have a purpose. It's rare for someone to know all the proper techniques with regard to hitting, but as long as you know what you're trying to accomplish, you can determine what’s needed to properly execute the skill. In this instance I will be discussing how to prevent pulling off the ball and why that’s important to avoid. A technique necessary for every hitter is to be able to put themselves in a position where they can keep their head and body on the ball as long as possible. Here's how you can make that happen.
The Baseball Zone,
hitting stride issues,
There are only a select few people who know why David Price came into pitch in Game 4 of the ALDS for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Texas Rangers. Everyone has their own theory on why it happened, although most likely no one outside of that select circle will ever know for sure.
Now, it all worked out for the Blue Jays. They won Game 4. Then they won Game 5 in an epic battle. But the Game 4 moves remain an interesting debate and story that has kept me thinking. After trying to figure out all the different scenarios that made that decision make sense, I've come to the conclusion that John Gibbons didn't want to publicly choose Marcus Stroman over Price without having an acceptable reason to.
Toronto Blue Jays,
I'm sure a golf expert would give me a lot of reasons why I'm a bad golfer. But there's one reason in particular that's also a reason why baseball players struggle. The reason I'm so bad at golf is because I look to see where I hit the ball before I actually hit it. As a result of trying to look where the ball goes, I pull my head off the ball causing me to mis-hit it. This concept is the same concept that affects young hitters, but it goes way past just pulling off the ball; it's a mental adjustment that needs to be made rather than a physical adjustment.