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Review of the Speed Hitter Training Bat
12/10/2013 10:00:00 AM EST
Everyone must have seen the TV advertisement for the 'revolutionary' Speed Hitter training bat by now. The MLB Network has this running all the time.
I though I would give it a review.
Greatest Game Reactions - Victory and Agony
11/16/2013 11:00:00 PM EST
Some of the greatest game reactions ever.
Tonight's Georgia vs. Auburn football game. The Miracle Catch.
What Does Elbow Up Mean?
11/16/2013 3:00:00 PM EST
In a hitting swing, what does 'elbow up' mean? What does 'elbow down' mean?
Do you know up from down? Are you sure?
The Fastest Pitchers in the MLB in 2013
11/8/2013 8:00:00 PM EST
Who were the fastest pitchers in Major League Baseball during the 2013 season?
We have scoured through the PITCH F/X data to bring you the hardest flamethrowers this year.
MLB Scout Craziness - Short Pitchers Throw Slower Than Tall Pitchers
11/2/2013 10:00:00 PM EST
I was enjoying watching the MLB Arizona Fall League All Stars Game tonight on the MLB network.
At least until the 7th inning when one of the announcers made the claim that scouts discount the radar speed of shorter pitchers as compared to a tall pitcher. They said the radar gun reads the ball speed as it leaves the hand (correct), therefore the shorter guy always releases the ball farther from the plate than the taller guy - using 5'9" vs. 6'3" pitchers as examples.
Now I know how Elvis felt when he shot his television.
Fastest High School Ball Exit Speeds at Jupiter
10/31/2013 3:15:00 PM EST
Top ball exit speeds off the bat for high school baseball hitters at the Jupiter WWBA tournament in October 2013. Measured by a Trackman modified for baseball, using Doppler Radar.
Hitting Aid Perfect Connextion - Tries to Fix One Thing and Breaks Another
10/27/2013 4:35:00 PM EST
The hitting aid, Perfect Connextion, by Jack Mankin at BatSpeed.com tries to fix one thing, then breaks another
No Changeups Were Thrown by US Teams in the 2010 LLWS
3/1/2011 12:30:00 PM EST
No changeups were thrown by US teams in the 2010 LLWS according to a study by Dr. Joe Chandler, Braves medical doctor.
New Pitching and Hitting Studies and Demonstrations Section
2/14/2011 3:00:00 PM EST
We are adding a new section where we accumulate a list of important pitching and hitting studies and demonstrations
Shocking: Do Not Use a Weighted Bat to Warmup
4/14/2009 9:00:00 AM EST
According to a Sport Science episode, a weighted bat or bat ring will upset a hitter's timing and result in slightly slower bat speed - even though it feels like a more powerful swing.
It's hard to argue against science.
So the takeaway from this is - use your normal bat (without weights) in the on-deck circle.