Derek Jeter Reaches 3,000 Hits

by on July 10, 2011

The New York Yankees Captain, Derek Jeter, became the 28th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits.  Jeter also becomes only the second player in history to have their 3,000 hit be a Home Run.  In addition, Jeter is the first player to reach the 3,000 hits mark while wearing a Yankees uniform, and just the 11th to reach 3,000 with a single team.

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A common problem with many young baseball or softball players is balance when hitting.  Many young hitters move their body too much during their swing.  When you think about it, a ball player only has a few moments to pick up the baseball from the pitchers hand, focus on the ball, decide whether it’s a good pitch or not, and then swing.  If your little league player is moving he/her body or head, their point of reference changes throughout their swing.  It make’s it tougher for the hitter to pick up the ball.  Here is an effective hitting drill that will help a baseball or softball player maintain good balance and movement.

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Coaching a Player Out of a Hitting Slump

May 22, 2011

From time to time, every baseball and softball player from Teeball to the Major Leagues will find themselves in a batting slump. How a hitter reacts to a slump is a very important part of getting out of the slump. Here is some great information on how to help a player get out of their […]

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Drills for a Level Swing

February 21, 2011

Many young players do not swing level.  Many have a looping swing where they swing under the ball.  Swinging under the ball will cause the player to either miss the pitch or pop the ball straight up for an out.  A looping swing also takes more time, slowing down a player’s bat speed and timing […]

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Important Little League Info Regarding Bats

February 4, 2011

Little League Baseball Has Placed a Moratorium on Many Composite Bats SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. January 20, 2011 The first test result has been received at Little League International regarding composite-barreled bats for use in the Little League (Majors) Division and below. Little League has created a list for those bats that receive waivers of the […]

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Yankees Andy Pettitte Retires

February 4, 2011

According to the Associated Press, Pitcher Andy Pettitte is going ahead with his decision to retire, leaving the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Pettitte became the third-winningest pitcher in team history. Pettitte had said he increasingly felt the tug to return to Deer Park, Texas, and his wife and four children. Once […]

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Nationals Pitching Phenom Strasburg Injured

August 27, 2010

Stephen Strasburg has a torn elbow ligament and will likely have Tommy John surgery, bringing the pitcher’s promising rookie season to an abrupt end. Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday an MRI on the right elbow revealed a “significant tear.” Strasburg will travel to the West Coast for a second opinion, but Rizzo […]

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NY Yankees Owner Passes Away

July 13, 2010

George M. Steinbrenner, the principal owner of the New York Yankees since 1973, died Tuesday 7/13/10. He was 80 “He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in the statement. “He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into […]

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Taking Care for Your Bat

July 2, 2010

A carpenter doesn’t leave his tools out in the rain; that would be foolish.  So why do so many player’s treat their tools (bat and glove) so poorly.  In the pros, players go to great lengths to protect their “tools”.  Ichiro Suzuki keeps his bats in a humidor and cleans it after each at bat.  […]

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Why Mariano Rivera Dominates Hitters

July 1, 2010

Mariano Rivera of the NY Yankees is 40 years old and has been in the Major Leagues for 16 years.  He has been dominating hitters for more than a decade now.  What makes this even more astounding is that he has been striking out hitters with essentially one pitch – the cutter.  Here is a […]

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