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Mike McCarthy | Mar 11, 2013 4:22:00 PM

6 Ways Indoor Batting Cages Can Be Used for More Than Just Hitting

Indoor batting cages may seem on their face to be focused on one use, and that of course is digging your heels in and hitting off a pitching machine over and over and over with that juicy pitch coming right down the middle, belt high. However, there are so many more things that you can do with indoor batting cages besides taking batting practice to halp make your workouts more varied, and ultimately more productive.

Here are 6 basic ways you can get more out of your time in an indoor batting cage:

  1. More Than a Machine - Besides just stepping up to the plate and hacking away, the cage can be used for soft-toss, focused hitting drills or bunting practice. Or instead of standing in the same place all of the time, move up and back to simulate faster and slower pitches; or move left and right to simulate inside pitches and outside pitches. You will not get perfect BP pitches all of the time in games, so you better make sure you get some practice on variations in the cage. 

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Topics: hitting tips, baseball instruction, defence, infielding, infielding tips, Ontario Terriers Baseball, fielding instruction, baseball clinics, PFP's, first baseman, first basemen, Outfielding, catching, batting cages, indoor batting cages

Rick Johnston | Nov 4, 2011 7:35:00 PM

The Importance of Playing First Base

Albert Pujols, Todd Helton, Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Teixiera, what do they all have in common? They can all flat out hit, hit for power and are RBI machines. But, what do you not know about these guys? Since 2001 they have a combined 10 Gold Gloves between them. Not too shabby for a handful of MLB hitters who are the best of the best. They became the best because the intently worked on the finer points of first base play. Yes, it probably was their bats that got them to the big leagues and it is their bats that will afford them long, distinguished careers in the big leagues, but what separates these players from the rest is their ability to play first base day in and day out.

A day in the life of becoming a Gold Glove First Baseman does not start with the bat, it starts with the acceptance of taking to first base as your opportunity to shine at a position that is vastly underrated. Just what does it take? There are a plethora of situations that most first baseman would never consider when it comes to learning the position. One needs to be athletic and agile around the base. With this comes good feet and the ability to use the base and the surrounding to their advantage. One needs to be able to read throws and make plays on balls in the dirt on under thrown balls, this is where pick and dig work is needed on a daily basis. 

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Topics: defence, infielding, infielding tips, fielding instruction, bunt defense, First Base, first baseman, first basemen, infielding errors, defensive baseball, infield play

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