Archive for the ‘Instructional’ Category

AFL Players to Watch and Initial Season Live Blog

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 by Chuck

The 20th anniversary season of the prestigious Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday with rosters full of top draft picks and 2012 Rookie of the Year candidates.
As has been the norm for most of the past twenty years, I’ll be associated with the league in some capacity and will try and keep you updated [...]

Putting Together a Batting Order

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 by Shaun

Making outs obviously kills rallies and getting on base keeps them going. So you want to bunch your best on-base guys together. Also, you want your best on-base guys to come up to the plate more often than other hitters. The best way to make sure they come to the plate as often as possible is to put them as close to the top of the order as possible.

Inside the Game: Plate Adjustment has Alex Rios Back on Track

Thursday, May 6th, 2010 by Chuck

Let’s face it; Alex Rios didn’t have a very good year in 2009, matter of fact, Rios might consider “not very good” to be a compliment.
Rios went through his worst season since his second full major league season, with Toronto in 2005. He posted career worst splits in ’09, including an embarrassingly bad .296 OBP.  [...]

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 by Chuck

Some people are known to be big believers in Pitch/FX data, found on’s “Gameday” and more prominently tracked on the sabermetric website, The Hardball Times.
These followers look at this data and say things like, “so and so really struggled with his command because he walked five guys”or, “his control was off because he only [...]

Saturday, April 17th, 2010 by BrentMayne

In past tips you’ve heard me rattle on about the significance of speed in baseball. And no, wiseguy, I’m not talking about the drugs. From a catcher/pitcher standpoint, I’m talking about pushing the pace of game and using this as a defensive weapon. I’m also referring to the fact that if you want to keep advancing levels, you’ll need to adapt to increases in speed.

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 by BrentMayne

This title may be misleading….I’m not going to tell you how to wear your uni. However, I am going to tell you, as goofy as this may sound, it matters how you present yourself on the baseball field.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 by BrentMayne

15-year MLB veteran catcher Brent Mayne talks about how great athletes get “in the zone.”

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 by BrentMayne

One trait all great athletes share is an uncanny ability to focus 100 percent of their attention on the task at hand. We might call it different names – “mental toughness,” “in the zone,” whatever. The fact is, pin-pointed focus is a non-negotiable requirement for athletic success and the pathway to reach your sporting potential.

Sunday, March 14th, 2010 by BrentMayne

15-year MLB veteran catcher Brent Mayne talks about the catcher’s responsibility of maintaining the area around the plate.

Saturday, March 6th, 2010 by BrentMayne

15-year MLB veteran catcher Brent Mayne talks about how a catcher should deal with a batter who gets in the way of his throw to second base.

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 by BrentMayne

1991 was my rookie season with the Royals, I was 23 and thought I was pretty cool. We’re in the bullpen in Milwaukee and I’m warming up my teammate (and at that point, 11 year veteran) Mike Boddicker for his start. He’s throwing and I’m kind of nonchalantly flipping the ball back to him. Let’s just say not every toss back was on the money.

Monday, February 15th, 2010 by BrentMayne

I’m sure I’ll receive a ton of hate mail for saying all this. That’s alright, bring it on. I’ve yet to hear a coach give me a reason that would sway my opinion. Listen coaches, do yourself, the kids, and baseball a favor and give your catcher a chance. Here are 11 reasons why.

Sunday, January 31st, 2010 by BrentMayne

Former Major League catcher Brent Mayne again addresses just how important moving the game’s pace along is, and how a catcher can make it happen.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 by Chuck

There has been talk lately around different players with performance results being tied to their respective hitting approach.
I’ve seen references to approach being one player having more walks than another, or one having more strikeouts. Some have said going to the plate with having only the thought of “crushing” the ball being the only thing [...]

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 by BrentMayne

If you base how great a game you had on how good a teammate you were, I’ll guarantee a couple things. One, you’ll have a lot more fun. And two, the Baseball Gods will reward you with the best statistical season you ever had.