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What is the Mercy Rule in Baseball and How Does it Work?

posted on April 29, 2023 in General, Coaches Corner by Chris Sloan

The mercy rule is a crucial aspect of baseball that ensures that the game is played fairly and without unnecessary humiliation. It is essential to understand this rule, whether you are a player, coach, or fan, as it affects the outcome of the game and can impact the overall season standings. So, let's dive in and explore the mercy rule in more detail.

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Post-Game Recovery: How to Help Your Body Bounce Back After a Baseball Game

posted on April 28, 2023 in General, Player Development by Chris Sloan

To remain healthy and at your peak throughout the season, it’s important for baseball players to prioritize recovery after every game. Whether you’re a professional, in the minor leagues, or play recreational baseball as a hobby, post-game recovery will help protect your muscles, joints, and tendons to prevent injuries and downtime.

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Why do MLB Games Start at Odd Times?

posted on April 27, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Major League Baseball (MLB) games are known for starting at odd times. While most sports start their games at the top of the hour, MLB games often have start times like 7:05 p.m. or 1:10 p.m. This has led many fans to wonder why MLB games start at such odd times. In this article, we'll explore the reasons behind MLB's start time tradition, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of starting games at odd times.

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What is a Can of Corn in Baseball?

posted on April 27, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Baseball is a sport full of jargon and unique phrases. One of the more curious of these is the term “can of corn.” You might hear this term thrown around during a game or read about it in a baseball article, but what does it actually mean? In this article, we’ll explore the origins of the term “can of corn,” its definition, examples of “can of corn” catches, the role of a “can of corn” in baseball strategy, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned baseball fan or new to the sport, this article will give you a better understanding of this peculiar term.

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What is Spring Training in Basball

posted on April 27, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Spring is a special time of year for baseball fans. Not only does it mark the end of a long, cold winter, but it also signals the start of a new baseball season. And for players and coaches, spring means one thing above all else: Spring Training. But what exactly is Spring Training, and why is it so important to the game of baseball? In this blog post, we'll explore the history, purpose, format, benefits, and future of Spring Training. We'll also answer some frequently asked questions about the annual event. So grab your glove and your favorite team's hat, and let's dive into the world of Spring Training.

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Best MLB players born in Virginia

posted on April 27, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

With the 12th largest population of any state in the United States, and a trio of high school sporting powerhouses in the Richmond, Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia regions, it’s no surprise that the Old Dominion has churned out some of the best players in the history of MLB.

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What are the Types of Hitters in Baseball? Knowing the Difference

posted on April 24, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Welcome to my baseball blog! As a baseball expert and avid fan of the game, I am excited to share with you today an in-depth guide on the different types of hitters in baseball. If you're new to the game or looking to expand your knowledge, understanding the various types of hitters and how they are used strategically can greatly enhance your appreciation and understanding of baseball.

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How to Field a Baseball: Mastering the Fundamentals and Techniques for Defensive Success

posted on April 24, 2023 in Player Development by Chris Sloan

In this blog post, we'll be covering the ins and outs of how to field a baseball effectively, from the basics of proper stance and ready position to advanced techniques for making accurate throws and positioning yourself strategically on the field. We'll explore fielding techniques for both infielders and outfielders, discuss the importance of throwing and catching, delve into defensive positioning and strategy, and even touch on the mental aspects of fielding.

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Fielding Percentage: Beyond the Basics of Errors and Putouts

posted on April 23, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Fielding percentage is a critical defensive statistic in baseball that provides insights into a player's ability to field balls accurately. While errors and putouts are commonly known as the basic components of fielding percentage, there's much more to this statistic than meets the eye. In this blog post, we will delve into the definition and calculation of fielding percentage, exploring its importance in evaluating defensive performance and providing a deeper understanding of this key baseball metric. Whether you're a baseball enthusiast, player, or coach, join us as we go beyond the basics of errors and putouts to unlock the secrets of fielding percentage.

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Runs Scored: Beyond the Box Score in Evaluating Performance

posted on April 23, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Baseball, often referred to as America's national pastime, is a sport filled with statistics and metrics that are used to evaluate player performance. One such statistic that holds immense importance in baseball is "runs scored." Runs scored are not only a reflection of a player's offensive contribution, but they also provide valuable insights into a player's ability to get on base, advance on the bases, and ultimately score runs, which are crucial for a team's success on the field.

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The Best Neck Cooling Towels for Baseball, Sports, Disney & More

posted on April 22, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Summer heat and outdoor activities go hand in hand, but staying cool and comfortable can be a challenge, especially during intense workouts, sports events, or a fun day at Disney. That's where neck cooling towels come to the rescue! These innovative accessories are designed to provide instant relief from heat and keep you refreshed during hot weather activities. But with so many options on the market, how do you choose the best neck cooling towel for your needs? Don't worry, we've got you covered! In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the top neck cooling towels for baseball, sports, Disney, and more, and help you make an informed decision. From budget-friendly options to those with advanced features like UV protection, we've researched and tested to bring you the best recommendations. So, let's dive in and beat the heat with the best neck cooling towels available!

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What is a Fielder's Choice in Baseball?

posted on April 16, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

What is a fielder's choice in baseball? This common baseball term can be a bit confusing to those who are new to the game, but it's an important concept to understand. In baseball, a fielder's choice is a play in which a defensive player has the option to make a play on either the batter or a baserunner, and chooses to try to make an out on the baserunner instead.

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What is a Checked Swing in Baseball?

posted on April 13, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Dive into the nuances of the check swing in baseball. From its role in Major League Baseball to the contentious debates it sparks, this comprehensive guide deciphers the mechanics, the umpire's judgment, and its impact on the game. Whether you're a budding player or an avid fan, enrich your understanding of baseball with this in-depth exploration of the check swing.

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What is a Walk-Off in Baseball?

posted on April 12, 2023 in General by Chris Sloan

Baseball is a game of strategy, athleticism, and passion. One of the most exciting moments in baseball is when a team scores a walk-off win. But what exactly is a walk-off? In simple terms, a walk-off occurs when the home team scores the winning run in the bottom of the final inning of the game. The term "walk-off" implies that the losing team is so devastated that they simply walk off the field in defeat. This thrilling moment in baseball history has been the cause of many celebrations and heartbreaks throughout the years.

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How Learning a Language Can Help You Enjoy Baseball Even More

posted on April 12, 2023 in General by Ewan Jennings

As we all know, baseball is one of the national sports in the United States, yet there are many other countries where the popularity of this classic game is currently on the rise. Contrary to the situation that is observed in the USA, the situation is totally different in Japan, where they have sold-out stadiums every time a game takes place. We might not know much about it because most of us do not speak any Japanese!

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