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Baseball Training

by Mark Kilmurray

Current baseball conditioning activities should be directed away from traditional extended aerobic endurance exercise and switched to interval type, sprint conditioning. Tempo runs/tempo throws are a great example of this type of training. Power is defined as P=(force x displacement)time.
As a baseball athlete, you need to consider two important aspects of your training, total body strength, and explosive power. But first, consider the muscle imbalance caused naturally by the sport. For example, you swing the bat from one side. You run around the bases in one direction. You plant with the same foot over and over to throw. This means strength imbalances in your quads, hamstrings, forearms, chest, shoulders, and back. All the key baseball muscles naturally developed and must be corrected during training. As for the importance of explosive power consider that all action in baseball occurs in short bursts. Each athletic movement takes place for less than a second, swinging a bat to be about 10 seconds, catching a fly ball.

Perfect timing for Chris Sale

by Mark Kilmurray

The door of the visiting bull-pen at Yankee Stadium swung open before the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday night.the entrance into a baseball version of the Temple of Doom for many an opposing relief pitcher. Out stepped a tall lean left-hander more than two hours later than he would typically make the entrance to serve as the setup man for RedSox closer Craig Kimbel. That Chris Sale was the likely starter in the event of a deciding game 5 in the American League Division Series didn’t matter. Boston was going for the killeith a three-run lead and New York seemingly on the ropes, a bold decision that sent ripples through each dugout and prompteda cascade of boos from the boisterous sell crowd on hand. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasler had each worked 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh respectively. The bottom two batters in the Yankee order were due and switch-hitting leadiff man Aaron Hicks would be forced to contend with the more spacious left field by batting from the right side. Sale threw fastballs on just four of his 13 pitches getting his way through Gileyber totes, pinch hitter Andrew McCutchen and Hicks.Sale calmly walked off the mound. The RedSox and the Yankees are all even in post season at 12-12

Baseball Fielding Tips: Hey Get A Grip Will You?

by Staff

Gripping the baseball before making your throw is one the baseball fielding tips that doesn’t seem that important at first. Until a throw sails by a first baseman or another infielder late in the baseball game and the go-ahead run scores. Learn what the proper grip should be and how important it really is.

Whenever possible, try to grip the ball with four seams before throwing the baseball to one of your teammates. It’s one of the most important baseball fielding tips that, unfortunately, very few focus on. You want the closed part of the horseshoe formed by the seams on the baseball to be either facing inside toward you or outside and away from you. In other words, your index finger is on two seams and your middle finger is on two seams and thus the name four-seam.

My preference is having the horseshoe facing inside because it feels better to me in my hand but this is strictly your call. The objective is to simply create a perfect backspin on the throw. It’s not difficult at all. If you are limited time-wise and have to hurry on a play, you might not be able to have the choice as to which way the horseshoe faces but you still should strive to get the four-seam grip.

Think of it as a baseball pitcher. A pitcher throws a four-seamer, which is, for the most part, straight and fast. A pitcher throws a two-seamer, which is not as fast and has movement. You don’t want less speed and more movement when throwing to a teammate, do you? More baseball coaches should put this near the top of their list on baseball fielding tips they give to their players. Fielders can be fooled by movement on a ball exactly like a batter can be fooled. The last thing you want is for your throw to have any extra movement when throwing to your first baseman or another teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

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