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365 Days to Better Baseball - Leaving Behind the Last Bat

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365 Days to Better Baseball - Leaving Behind the Last Bat

Sunday Setting Sights on Success Tip of the Day -Getting Players to Refocus on Defense After Last Bat

Guilty, As Charged

Kids often give that quizzical look when I yell, "Don't take the bat out to the field with you." Coach, "why would anyone do that," is their look. I then explain, "Your last at bat is over, forget it and concentrate on "saving us a run on defense, which is as good as knocking one in on offense."

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Of course, I was as guilty of this as anyone was, when I played. It is so hard to get some at-bats, especially the bad ones, out of one's head on a moment's notice because the "power of hitting" is so great, so to speak. Good ball players are able to do it, though, with a lot of good coaching as above. It is true; a run saved on defense is the same as an RBI. Saving a run on "D" may not appear to show up in the box score, but, it does - in the win loss column, as well as showing up in the pitcher's and coach's mind.

 

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After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.

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