Pitching is a Mental Chess Match of Energy Hitter vs. Pitcher
What Change Up is Best
Many pitches can be used to follow a good fastball and can essentially be labeled as change ups. Splitfinger fastballs, palm balls, circle change and forkballs are common offspeed pitches that can deter and offset the balance of a hitter who is predicting a high velocity fastball. The best change up is the one that a hitter isn’t suspecting. Throw change ups following fastballs and never throw a predicatable change up.
Good fastballs, Make Better Change Ups
Whether you start most hitters off with a fastball or curveball, a good change up is one that the hitter doesn’t know is coming. If the majority of your strike pitches are fastballs or curveballs, a change up could be a good alternative to getting a much needed strikeout. Even if you follow a hard slider or curve with a change up, a fastball should always be an option for coming to save the day. The consistent offspeed or movement of pitches is a great recipe for a strikeout with a good high or low fastball.
Change Ups: Not for Strikes
Since a pitcher has more than one chance at strikeing out a hitter often times a good strategy is to throw change ups for balls right after a consistent number of fastballs for strikes. Using pitches such as a circle change which can dive down and inside to a hitter at a slower velocity can often cause hitters to strike out more often.
Some of the greatest pitchers have made their careers based on having great change ups. Trevor Hoffman the All Times Save leader made his bread and butter pitch a flutterball which he used when he no longer had a commanding fastball. Johan Santana threw a No Hitter with the New York Mets and was infamous for his famous change up and keeping hitters off balance with his left handed pitching and commanding control of his change up. Nolan Ryan no doubt one of the greatest pitchers in history also used the circle change to compliment his curveball and fastball and there is no doubt that the change up helped him in his quest as the alltime strikeout leader and pitcher of 7 no hitters.
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Pitchers are the Alpha Ballplayer: Confident, Controlling, Strong
The starting pitcher of a team is essential the man in control and responsible for controlling the pace and evolution of how the defensive game of the inning will turn out. Some pitchers are power pitchers and some are contact hitters. The difference between a power pitcher and finesse pitcher is essentially strategy of execution of pitches. A finesse pitcher is more likely to be a more medium velocity pitcher which whose goal is to get more outs from ground balls or fly outs. A power pitcher is more than likely gonna be a pitcher who has more advantages in his game, this pitcher will be taller and have a higher velocity and will try and blow more fastballs past hitters with a goal of more strikeouts than contact outs. The key to pitching though with either strategy is to get 3 outs as quickly as possible so that the game progresses and your offense can score more runs and win the game. The best strategy is to be a finesse pitcher with control and the ability to blow a fastball or change up by a hitter just at the right time to get a swinging strike or ground ball which will be turned into an out. Be mentally strong, physically able and confident when your on the mound and never give in.
Preparation Makes Perfection
The best way to go about a starting pitching situation is with a game plan. This game plan can be something as simple as letting the catcher call pitches and control the game, or by the pitcher calling his own pitches based on how he’s feeling that day. If at all possible a smart pitcher will do his homework on his opponent and find out all he can about who he is facing and their potential weaknesses. If for instance you are set to play a neighboring school, plan ahead to attend one of the other teams games and see what kind of line up they have and if they are likely to wait on more pitches or go for the first pitch in each at bat. Be prepared to adjust to your opponent with a back up plan as well just in case your initial plan at first fails. You never know when your going to have a bad day with your curveball but if your change up happens to be working that day that could become your new out pitch for the day. Whatever happens be confident and give it your best. You have your team behind you as your ultimate supporter. Don’t let yourself down first, and remember that they will pick you up no matter what.
Mental Relaxation for Mound Meditation
Most likely as a pitcher you should have a controlled mind set, game plan for success, and action plan for getting effective outs. The more relaxed and loose you are as a pitcher the higher likelihood that you will be relaxed and have a clear mind for challenges throughout the game such as multiple baserunners and different bunt or hit and run situations. Take deep breaths before pitches and remember your defense is there to back you up if the hitter makes contact and that every pitch can set up the next possible pitch for better success.
The Fighter Within: Conditioned Body=Prepared Mind
A goal for each pitcher should be to stay in the game as long as possible to execute the goal at hand. In the role of a starting pitcher the goal should be at minimum to pitch 15 outs and go out with your team in the lead, hence, qualifying for a quality start and win. The more prepared a starting pitcher is physically through conditioning the higher the percentage of success he has for lasting longer into a game than just 5 innings. Pitching is a very aggressive fluid movement that takes a toll on many muscle groups over and over each pitch. The best way to condition the body to pitch is through a consistent throwing program along with a combination of a good cardiovascular regimen, stretching routine and strength workouts. When a pitcher is physically conditioned and best prepared for the mound he is likely to be a more confident, prepared and relaxed pitcher. The fun of the game is success and being in control of as many situations as possible. Prepare your body and mind to work with you in completing your mound domination as a starting pitcher.
Winning is just that. Scoring one more run than the other team. It shouldn’t be that difficult.
Create positive habits where success is more likely
Practice doing what winners do
Keep a positive mindset to always get better
Never settle after a win
Set individual game goals
More so winning isn’t everything, but it is something. Winning athletic competitions is in our spirit as humans. The strive to succeed is ingrained in all of us, so I felt a guide to winning could be a good start for someone that hasn’t achieved success lately. I like to look at winning as a reward for all the practice and preparation done with the goal of becoming a better baseball player. The above strategies are key assets to making winning more of a likelihood than a challenge. Write these down on a note pad and put them in your baseball bag and remind yourself often that winning is just a result of preparation, practice and hard work. Only those who do the work to win and practice the right way will be the most successful at their position and most valuable player to their team. If you aren’t a winner as a team, you can almost certainly know that you tried your best and have succeeded personally even if as a team it was a losing effort. One last reminder is that as you progress to different teams, some may win and some may lose but to win more often you as an athlete must improve and meet and exceed personal goals. By excelling in personal accomplishments you’ll be attracting yourself to winners and other team’s will look to recruit you to join them and their winning team.
“When we lost I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win I can’t sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better” -Joe Torre (Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees Manager 1977 – 1984, 1990 to Present)
Remember Baseball is a Game and not a Life or Death Situation: Have Fun
Relax, Focus, and Keep the game Simple: Don’t do too much
Essentially pitching and hitting can be explained as a process that can be executed in a series of steps.
Hitting can be explained as simple as Load, Stride, Swing or Load, Dance step, Squash the bug, or even Ready, Set, Swing…
Pitching can be explained as Come Set, Lift leg, stride towards home and throw… just as long as it crosses home plate it can be called a pitch and or a strike.
There are many other explanations for how to over analyze both pitching and hitting but most simply put..if you achieve the goal of either hitting the ball or pitching a pitch then your already half way to your goal. Relax step back from over thinking and remember that baseball is a kid’s game and meant to be played for enjoyment. At most the only detrimental thing that can happen upon failure is a little time passes and you get another chance at SWEET! GREAT! Redemption! The coolest thing about pitching and hitting is you get up to 3, 4 or 5 opportunities a game to succeed and even if not successful then you still can come out at a .500 average with success in the next game. Competition and challenging yourself shouldn’t be anything more than setting goals to better yourself and improve from where you were the day before. If you over analyze too much your thoughts can often become dense and get you down. Try to do one thing at a time and keep it simple when your opportunities to come up at bat or pitch and remember that as long as your trying your best, your doing what you can. And even if for some reason your not at your best you have teammates there to pick you up, play defense for you, or drive you in if you happen to get a walk.
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The best coach available in your area is the one that can provide the highest peak performance instruction to your athlete in the least amount of steps. Just like as if you were taking a road strip you would want to take the shortest path possible, so should choosing your hitting instructor. I teach a hitting philosophy that has been proven for over 30 years and was taught to my mentor by the great Reggie Sanders of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The A, B, C approach to hitting allows for the hitter to have the highest chance at contact through the strike zone in the quickest amount of steps. Since bat speed is what determines how far the ball travels it is essential that the hitter is mentally and physically prepared before he even steps into the batter’s box. That’s where an informed instructor like Justin Higgs comes in… he provides instruction through drills such as front toss, tee work, live batting practice, one arm swing drills, and even dry swings to demonstrate the correct swing. Muscle memory and hand eye coordination are key to hitting a round baseball with a round bat, therefore its is important to perform the right repetitions to be prepared each at bat. In addition to the practice drills, every rep that takes place builds muscle and overall self confidence which is key when stepping into the batter’s box. Contact and getting base hits is just as essential to a players repertoire as having solid defense in the field, but one thing that sticks out is a baseball player that can hit for power and drive in runs when it really counts. I am available to schedule your youth, teen, or adult hitting lesson and take you to the next level of your game. Whether you are a linear or rotational hitter I ensure you that I will help you improve your game in no time at all.
Sign up for a Little League, Sports Association, or School Sports Team
Find out when Tryouts for Leagues that are in your area are to be scheduled
Post on social networks and send text messages to friends that you are interested in baseball
Get with a friend who is already playing and ask them to show you how to play baseball
Watch Baseball to Get an Idea of the Rules and Format of the Game
Hire a Baseball Coach /Personal Trainer to teach you the Proper Mechanics of Throwing/Hitting
Pick a position You would like to Play Defensively
Practice, Practice, Practice so when you eventually play in a game you can be prepared
Baseball is a Sport, so when “Doing” Baseball Have Fun and Keep it Simple
Baseball isn’t a complex game. Essentially baseball can be seen as a form of tag with the bases as safe zones. Ironically when your on a base when you are tagged by a player with a ball, the umpire is most likely to call you “SAFE”. So essentially baseball is a fun safe game than can be played at all ages and over time and progression improve drastically at different levels. The first step is to get involved in a league and find information on sign ups or tryouts. After that usually the league sends out information and practices and games are usually laid out. From here you can decide to seek professional help in the former of a personal trainer, otherwise known as a personal baseball instructor that offers private lessons. This coach will provide more emphasis on your individual game getting started as opposed to becoming lost in the team game. The point of team practices is execution on the field during game day, however when you take the position of pitcher or are hitting, essentially your in control of the game and working individually to help out the team. Overall remember baseball is fun and should be enjoyed. The more you practice, the more you will become perfect.