Third base is known as the hot corner for a reason.
Batted balls come at you at very high rates of speed at the position, which requires third basemen to have a lot of quick reaction skills that aren’t necessary at many other positions in baseball.
While third base is a demanding position and can take quite the toll on your body, it’s a great position to master and one that’s constantly in on the action.Continue reading
Second base is not only one of the most important positions on the field, but it’s also one of the most demanding.
It’s not an easy position to master. There’s a lot of ground to cover.
Plus, the position naturally takes right-handed throwers and faces them away from first base, making throws to that base much tougher than at other positions.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the traits, roles, and responsibilities of a second baseman and some tips on how you can start to learn the position.Continue reading
This list of baseball movies features some of the most legendary figures of the sport like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Lou Gehrig.
There are also films that retold some of the most historical events in baseball such as the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
If you’re looking for something to pass the time while enjoying your favorite game, maybe even learn a thing or two about baseball, watch these movies!Continue reading
A first baseman has a lot of responsibilities, and while his main duty is simple (to catch the ball), it’s not as easy as it sounds.
First base isn’t a position for everyone, as it takes a lot of physical and mental traits that may not be a fit for all players.
Let’s take a look at what some of these traits are, as well as the roles and responsibilities of playing first base and some tips for players who want to be great first basemen.Continue reading
In reality, there are many different variations of a batting stance, with each batter making a slight adjustment here or there to get a stance that’s comfortable for him.
Some of these stances may be open, closed, or even. Some batters may stand straight up or crouch lower to the ground.
While these stances can look quite different from one another, they all work because they follow all the basic principles of a proper batting stance.
Let’s take a look at how you can get a proper batting stance for baseball in six steps.Continue reading
Being a great pitcher takes mental endurance.
A great pitcher must be able to get through difficult situations and make his way through it mentally first.
Without a good mental approach, a solid physical result won’t follow.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes a really great pitcher and how you can become one.Continue reading
Are you the ultimate baseball fanatic? Then this list of 101 baseball books is for you.
Ranging from biographies and memoirs of legendary players and managers, to historical games in the World War II and segregation eras, to scandals, inspirational stories, and the science of sabermetrics, your library will be filled with baseball books of different topics.
Read about your favorite players, coaches, and managers with the books in this list. Whether you’re looking for something inspirational, funny, controversial, or technical, you’ll find something that’ll fit your mood.Continue reading
The splitter, or split-finger fastball as it’s also known, is one of the most devastating pitches in all of baseball.It is such an effective pitch because it’s thrown exactly like a fastball, and looks like a fastball out of the pitcher’s arm, but basically “drops off the table” once it reaches the plate.The sharp downward […]Continue reading
Catcher is a very difficult position to play in baseball.
But what makes a good catcher? How can you tell if a particular player would be a good fit as a catcher?
Here are some ways:Continue reading
A cutter, or cut fastball as it’s sometimes called, is a slight variation on a two-seam or four-seam fastball. The pitch moves from right to left for right-handed pitchers and left to right for left-handed pitchers.
This may make you think it acts like a curveball, but the cutter doesn’t have such a severe break to it, plus the break happens much later than with a curveball.
In addition, the pitch is thrown with similar mechanics to that of a fastball than a curveball. For these reasons, a cutter is a really great pitch to teach to players, especially youth pitchers.Continue reading