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February 10, 2015

Placing an emphasis on baserunning abilities

Baserunning isn’t what it used to be, and that’s something Mike Roberts recognizes every time he watches the game. Up until the 1990s players were ferocious on the base paths, but today too many players take baserunning for granted. Given the ...

March 9, 2012

Mastering 1st & 3rd Defenses

Your team defense is critical in forcing the opposition to earn what it scores and not allowing anything more. One area that constantly needs your attention as a coach is your defense when runners are on first and third, so that all players on the fi...

November 2, 2011

A Beautiful Mind

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa is baseball’s best strategist.COACH: We know that you were born and bred in Tampa, FL, graduating from Jefferson High School. What was your childhood like? What sports did you play?LARUSSA: I was born in...

June 30, 2011

Baseball – Last Manager Standing

South Carolina’s Ray Tanner handled rain delays, a tiring pitching staff and difficult decisions on the base paths to secure a CWS titleEditor’s Note: This article was written after the 2010 College World Series title won by South Carolin...

February 23, 2011

Infield Drill Series

As a high school baseball coach, I used to find it difficult to coach everyone at the same time. I often had to struggle to get my infielders a lot of repetitions in practice ... until I found out what could be done with one fungo hitter, a bucket of...

April 23, 2010

Outfielders Need Instruction Too

Too many coaches don’t spend enough time on outfield defense — they just put a couple good athletes out there, hit them some fly balls and hope for the best when the game starts.But any team’s outfield defense can be improved and th...

October 2, 2009

Working Up the Pitcher’s Starting Routine

Watch any quality major league pitcher prepare for a start and you will discover that he is observing an established routine. Once the routine is developed over a period of trial and error and the pitcher knows that it is working for him, we will exp...

October 2, 2009

Utilizing Situational Hitting to Improve your Fielding and Baserunning

How many times in a close game have you had a runner make a mistake on the bases that might have cost you a big inning?We always get upset by such things and wonder what they are thinking and what we could do about it. Our first thought: Have we been...

October 2, 2009

Urban Baseball

Boosting the Young Player’s Performance"I haven’t had a problem filling out a roster, but I have had a problem filling it with quality players. We can always find two or three players who can play with anybody, but getting a solid nine is...

October 2, 2009

Turning Your ’Throwers’ Into Pitchers

Finding kids with live arms usually poses a problem. At every level from the Little League to the big leagues, you can find young pitchers with the ability to do it, depending greatly on how they are coached.Many pitchers try to get by on velocity al...

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