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Kevin Hussey | Feb 26, 2015 6:00:00 AM

4 Basic Approaches to Building a Batting Lineup

One of the more frequent requests we get for blog ideas is how to go about building a batting lineup. This is an interesting request as while there are many standard philosophies to building a lineup, there have also been a number of computer-generated simulations that have produced the same conclusion - that the make up of lineups has little to no effect on wins over the course of a season. 

So having preambled with that, let's say that it does matter and matter a lot. So now what? When building your lineup, there are many different approaches to what is the best method. Every team is made up of different players and different situations which mean there are no right answers, there are only different perspectives. Here are 4 approaches you can take when filling out your own batting lineup:


Topics: baseball coaching, batting order, coaching, batting lineup

Rick Johnston | Jul 3, 2013 10:22:00 PM

20 Common Pitfalls You Need to Avoid as a Baseball Coach

Everyone that has ever had a chance to coach baseball has undoubtedly realized that you can’t please everyone. It also seems that these people you can’t please also seem to know more about the game than you do - maybe it is true sometimes, but it can't ALWAYS be that way. However this is one of the realities that any coach will have to come to terms with as they don the uniform. 

A coach can do himself a lot of good in the eyes of many if he is able to avoid certain coaching pitfalls throughout the season...and stay out of the crosshairs of the know-it-alls. These pitfalls are part of coaching and unfortunately sometimes are not so apparent to see - something like missing the forest for the trees kind of thing. And best of all is that avoiding them should help result in a more fulfilling and fun experience for the players that we are serving.


Topics: baseball coaching, team Defence, baseball communication, baseball practice, fielding drills, pitching rotation, batting order, practice organization

Rick Johnston | May 29, 2013 9:05:00 AM

The Batting Order by the Book - Who Wrote the Book Anyway?

The Batting Order


Topics: baseball strategy, baseball coaching, baseball philosophy, batting order

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