FC: How to Become a Better Baseball Player | By Sean Bastian
1: “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical” (Yogi Berra). | Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford
2: Mental Approach to Hitting | “Confidence is huge. It is the main ingredient in a player’s success. If you don’t have self-confidence, the game is going to bury you. It will suck the energy right out of you. You can do very little without confidence” (Bell 135). | Hitting a baseball has more to do with your mental focus then your physical skill. When stepping up to the plate a hitter must be focused and have confidence. If you step in the box unsure of yourself then I can assure you that you will most likely fail. Baseball is a mental game, you must step up to the plate knowing the pitcher, the umpire and most importantly knowing yourself.
3: “One more reason to pay attention when you are not at the plate is the umpires Every umpire has his own view of the “strike zone.” Some call strikes high, some low, some outside” (Brundage 76) | When I say that the hitter must know the pitcher, the umpire and himself what I mean is that these are all of the things the hitter must think about before they step up to the plate. The hitter must study the pitcher, know what types of pitches he throws, how hard he throws and how is his breaking ball. This is important however, knowing the umpire might be more important. Throughout the game the players should study the umpire and know where his strikezone is at. Is he calling the low strikes or is he squeezing the pitcher. If the hitter goes in with a good understanding of the umpire then it is more likely that he will not let be called up on strikes.
4: Knowing the Situation | Fielding... | “During the game, each pitch created a new situation, with several factors to be considered. A high level of awareness was required to avoid making mental mistakes” (Bell 9). | While in the field you must always be in the game mentally. You should be thinking, “what do I do if the ball is hit to me?” You need to know how many outs there are and if there are runners on base
5: Hitting... | “Your time in the on-deck circle should be used to analyze the game situation. How can you help your team when it’s your turn to step into the batter’s box? Will a bunt help the team? A fly ball? Should you try to hit the ball to the opposite field Analyzing the situation helps you go up to the plate with a purpose” (Brundage 71). | Every time you step to the plate, you should have a purpose. In every situation there is a way to help out your team.
6: Fundamentals of Infield | Drills Grounders Throwing to each base Double plays Run downs Pickoffs Steals 1st and 3rd plays Bloopers Cutoffs | The infield on any team has to be talkative, energetic and encouraging. It is there job to do most of the talking on the field, they encourage the pitcher, tell the players how many outs there are and where to throw the ball.
7: Fundamentals of Outfield | Drills Throwing to 2nd, 3rd, and home Fly balls over head Short bloopers Diving catches Gap plays Communication | The outfielder’s responsibilities are to position themselves according to the pitcher and hitter, get the ball into the infield and hit the cutoff man and to back up plays in the infield.
8: The Fundamentals of Hitting | Batting Stance Feet shoulder width apart Bend your knees Keep your hands and elbow up Hold bat at a 45 degree angle Keep your head still and straight Look at the pitcher | The Load Bring your hands up and back Put all your weight on your back foot Twist your hips back a little bit Step towards the pitcher Touch your chin to your shoulder
9: “Balance is the most important fundamental of good batting mechanics. Balance is defined as the rotation of the batter’s center of gravity relative to his base” (Walter 1). | The Swing Keep your head down Throw your hands at the ball Turn your hips Twist your back foot Swing level Follow through and stay balanced
10: Pitching | “the overhand delivery is the most effective throwing motion for young pitchers. The overhand technique ensures maximum control and puts less strain on the pitcher’s arms” (McCoy 1) | Steps to Pitching 1. The Grip and Delivery 2.The Windup 3. The Pivot 4. The Stride 5. The Follow Through
11: Catching | The catcher needs to be the smartest guy on the field. He is the one who calls the pitches, calls any pick-off plays, tells the infielders where to throw and needs to know what to do in every situation. | Drills Calling Pitches Framing Blocking the ball Jump turns Fielding bunts Situational calls
12: The Basics | Throwing Set your feet Throw over the top Point glove at target Snap your wrist Follow through | Hitting Load up Don't drop your hands Swing level Keep your eye on the ball Stay balanced | Pitching Concentrate Slow your wind up Point glove at target Pivot and turn Follow through
13: Things to Remember | Confidence is Key Take Care of the Little Things Baseball is Just a Game Its Not All About Wins and Loses Have Fun
14: Works Cited | Baseball. Digital image. Flickr Blue Mountain. Web. 10 Apr. 2011.
15: Works Cited | Jeter. Digital image. Flickr Blue Mountian. Web. 10 Apr. 2011.