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Rick Johnston | Nov 4, 2013 12:06:00 PM

19 Pet Peeves of Baseball Coaches - Pitcher Edition

Pitchers.

Everyone wants them and everyone needs them. The game is designed just for you guys. You have good pitching, you have a chance to win; without it, it will undoubtedly be a long season. Even with good pitching, most pitchers are creatures of habit and some of these habits are actually pet peeves that drive baseball coaches off the deep end. Here are 19 of them: 

1. Poor pre-game routine and bullpen...ok, this is not a blanket statement to all pitchers, but, boy oh boy, the lack of preparation, warm up, throwing and bullpen presence is sometimes just flat out awful. It starts with a uneventful warm up, followed by playing poor catch, very little long toss, then a bullpen that lacks conviction and intent. Hey pitchers, it’s your start, make the most of it. Prepare like you are going to go 9 innings. Don’t assume you can just show up and pitch. 

2. Too many pitches in their repertoire...that’s right guys, you all have five pitches, I know. So really you are a jack of all trades and a master of none. What is that going to get you? I would ask this then; if you have five pitches (and maybe five different arm angles) how many of those pitches do you "own"? Geez, even big league pitchers don’t own 3 pitches let alone 5. Hey pitchers, learn to own two pitches and show a third. I will bet 5 pitch pitchers rent, lease and borrow every outing, hoping that they can sneak by with this. Owning pitches will get you more in the long term because all 5 can’t be that good!

3. Complete game in the bullpen...

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Topics: baseball pregame, pitching, PFP's, baseball pet peeves, defensive baseball, pregame observation, bullpens, mound presence

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 | Feb 16, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Are You Working on Your PFP's?

A much underappreciated and often undercoached aspect of pitching is the development of pitchers away from the mound. Most pitchers spend countless hours working on their delivery, adding or deleting a pitch within their repertoire and conditioning their body and mind in the personal development of becoming a successful pitcher.  What many pitchers fail to excel at is learning how to field their position once the ball has been put in play. In baseball terms, this type of development can be referenced by three letters...PFP.  

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Topics: defence, pitching instruction, baseball camp, baseball camp mississauga, fielding instruction, baseball clinics, PFP's

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