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Mike Trout

Mike Trout wins Silver Slugger and AL rookie of the year awards. I did not highlight Mike Trout because he is with the Angels or because he won the Silver Slugger award as well as the AL rookie of the year. No, I highlight Mike Trout because of the way he plays the game. I first met Mike when he was just a freshman playing ball in New Jersey and I was scouting for the Angels. From the first time you saw him, you knew he was something special. After talking to Mike, I left with the impression that he

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Why are 1st baseman left handed?

Three reasons: First, when a first baseman is holding a runner on first, if the pitcher tries to pick off that runner, this is not a force out, so the first baseman will have to tag the runner. This tag is much easier to make with the right hand. And, as you know, a left-handed player wears the glove on his right hand. Second, when a first baseman is trying to get a force put-out at first base, with another infielder throwing the ball to him, this is a force out, so he just has to have his foot on

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Does Swinging a weighted bat help?

As some of you know from attending hitting classes with me that I do not advocate swinging a weighted bat before hitting.   Remember, we follow science, not philosophy or tradition. Studies show wielding a weighted bat can actually slow down the swing, if not given ample time for ATP and Creatine stores to recover (main source of muscle fuel for resistance training).   Problem number two with swinging a weighted bat is if the resistance is too heavy, then it can wreak havoc on the mechanics of the swing. But as you can see in this photo of Derek

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Pitcher / catcher relationship

You see, anyone who knows anything about baseball, knows that pitchers rarely ever call the shots, it starts with the catcher. The catcher knows almost everything there is to know about each batters tendencies and weaknesses. Catchers play every day; pitchers may only pitcher once every five days and see the same batters around 10 times a year. The catcher signals in the pitch that he wants, the pitcher prepares the throw and then releases it to the catcher. The catcher is both the origin and the termination of the action.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaLdrVWDdQU&feature=em-share_video_user

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A must read for parents

Why Are Most Parents and Pitching Coaches Still Misinformed? In the book The Science And Art Of Baseball Pitching, which was written by a sports scientist and an ex-major league pitcher in 2006, they revealed the research that has proven why much of today’s misinformation about pitching is just not true. This book for high school, college and professional coaches as a reference so the truth about how to improve pitching performance would be available for all coaches to consider. Here’s a recap of what most coaches do not understand about how to produce more velocity: Arm strength is not

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Throwing a cutter with Mariano Rivera

How To Throw Cutter To throw a cutter or cut fastball, you will throw a fastball but get a slight amount of side spin that makes the ball move in or out a few inches. You do this by moving your fastball grip (usually the 4-seam fastball grip) slightly off-center. Some pitchers bring the thumb slightly up the inside of the ball and the index and middle fingers slightly toward the outside. This gives you a pitch somewhere between a fastball and a slider and, thrown properly, that’s how the pitch will move, like a very tight slider. For young

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How to take a lead from 3rd base.

This is one of those tips that sometimes have a bearing on the outcome of a game. If you watch enough baseball, you will begin to discover that the team that does “all the little fundamental things correctly” will usually be victorious in those one run games. In this picture, “Full Armor’s” Alex Chang from Lower Merion, PA, takes his lead at third base, watching and making sure that the pitcher throws home before he takes his secondary lead. When taking a lead from third base, make sure you know where the ball is at all times. Usually a good

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Full Armor secret to pitching! Happy Veterans day

First of all, happy Veterans day to everyone and to all our vets who have served in the military, which has made it possible for us to enjoy our freedom and the game we love.  Thank you!   The lack of functional strength and flexibility reduces velocity!   You need to start players early because the sooner you teach the brain the proper patterns of movement, the sooner the body learns how to move correctly and explosively.    Wow, can’t tell u how much this is an accident waiting to happen. Notice the position of the elbow below the shoulder

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Make the best of what you have

The over achiever?   The mental side of the game.   Two baseball players, Mark Buehrle and Ryne sandberg:   This e-mail is for those players who question themselves, am i good enough. Well we all deal with this at some time, but remember, it’s all about attitude and using our God given gifts to the best of our ability. Did you know that Ryne Sandberg was drafted in the 20th round by the Phillies and Mark Buehrle was drafted in the 38th round. Buehrle went on to throw a no hitter and a perfect game in the big leagues.

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Footwork with Kris Dufner

Kris Dufner is the head hitting / fielding instructor at Full Armor Baseball Academy.  Kris was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays and spent three years in their organization.  Kris is the hitting instructor for the United States Amateur Baseball team and also, was the hitting instructor for Gary Mitchell who was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2oth round in 2010.   Gary Mitchell   Kris provides some great advice for fielders who wish to improve their game by improving their footwork;   Kris Dufner   I would say to focus on footwork and putting yourself in best possible position to

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