The Proper Swinging Technique

One of the hardest things to do for nearly any athlete is to hit a baseball. Some of the greatest sports heroes ever, couldn’t put the bat on the ball no matter how hard they tried. Even players talented enough to make it professionally, have an on-base success rate of less than 33%.

Hitting a baseball is difficult, but consistent contact can be made if you swing properly. Here are some three tips on how to swing a baseball bat correctly, great suggestions for any level of competition.

 

Solid Foundation

 

A good baseball swing starts with your base. You need a good foundation to productively make contact with a baseball. When your foundation is unstable, your swing will be erratic; as well will be the results. Work on stable stance that establishes a solid foundation. Establishing a solid foundation does not dictate what type of stance you choose.

Hitters use closed stances, open stances, or other odd looking variations. The component they all have in common is sturdiness. Feet are spaced approximately twice the width of your hips, with slightly bent knees and your body weight shifted towards the balls of your feet.

 

Open Your Hips

 

This is one of the more difficult aspects of properly swinging at a baseball. When your hips open too soon, you will be behind the pitch. Opening your hips too early will cause you to swing over the ball, or be too far out in front.

Rotating your hips at precisely the exact instant the bat makes contact with the ball is how to generate the most power from your swing. The most accomplished hitters refer to this concept, as launching your hips. The stance and hip rotation are where a hitter’s power is generated.

 

Can’t Hit What You Can’t See

 

Tracking the ball is one aspect of hitting a baseball. It cannot stop at any point during your swing. If your eyes drift, so will your head. When you pull your head off the ball, you will compromise your swing. You will not make solid contact, and frequently miss the ball completely.

Most of the time you’ll miss the pitch completely, or at best make poor contact. To keep your head down and locked, never take your eyes off the ball. The best hitters profess to actually seeing the ball make contact with the bat. Good hitters insist, you cannot hit what you cannot see, so focus on the ball to help keep your head down.

The proper baseball swing begins with the stance. Once a solid foundation is established, you will be able to generate power behind your swing by launching your hips. Throughout this entire process you must keep your eyes focused on the ball. Practice these three valuable tips to help perfect your baseball swing.

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Best Pitcher’s In The 90s

The 1990s saw some great pitchers in Major League Baseball. Some of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game pitched in this era. There will always be arguments and discussions as to which pitchers were the best and in what order. However, in the era of the 1990s, these five pitchers stand out.

Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians before moving to the Boston Red Sox. While a good starting pitcher who pitched a no-hitter, Eckersley achieved his pitching fame as a relief pitcher.

During his time with the Oakland A’s in the late 80 through the mid-90s, Eckersley had great numbers. In 1992, he won the Cy Young Award and League MVP. He was named to the All-Time MLB Team roster.

David Cone

David Cone played his career with several teams most notably with the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees. He was a dominating pitcher who won 20 games on two occasions. Cone was a Cy Young winner who had a great career ERA.

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was an imposing presence on the mound. His nickname was the “Big Unit”. During the 90s, Johnson played for Seattle most of the time. He led the league with the lowest ERA twice in the 90s, and he was the strikeout leader for four years in a row. He won the Cy Young Award twice in the 90s, and he won the award five times in his career.

In the 2000s, Johnson would continue his great career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would retire with over 300 wins.

Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was part of one of the greatest starting pitching rotations ever when he played for the Atlanta Braves. He helped lead the team to multiple playoff appearances.

Greg Maddux won 355 games in his career, and he won the Cy Young Award four times in the 90s. He was a great fielding pitcher winning 18 Gold Glove Awards.

Roger Clemens

Clemens had notable years with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time strikeout winner.

Roger Clemens finished his career with 354 wins. He was on two World Series Championship teams, and he was voted to the MLB All-Century Team.

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Top 6 Pitchers of 2017

Another year of baseball has come to pass. Another year in the books means another year of evaluation. The closing of 2017 has amped up the lists and opinions of who the top players were for all positions for the year. A more critical position, the pitcher, is a difficult category to break down to claim who the best was. Here is a list of pitchers that I believe were the top ten in Major League Baseball in 2017.

Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers

A popular name among best pitchers of the year and rightfully so. Kershaw suffered a short back injury but was back at it with the same enthusiasm he had before. He is projected to enter the Hall of Fame later in his career and continually shows that he is worth the consideration.

Max Scherzer – Nationals

Scherzer played an amazing year with the Nationals keeping a 31.5 percent strikeout rate. His strikeout rate was a career high for him and also ranked as the highest strikeout record pitched in 150 innings besides Jose Fernandez.

Noah Syndergaard – Mets

Syndergaard throws an impressive fastball at a speed of 98.2 MPH. That kind of speed has led him to some problems with his throwing arm that required surgery. The surgery did not affect his pitching skills, and we see constant improvement from the newbie each year.

Chris Sale – Red Sox

Sale, known for his funky delivery when pitching comes in at number four. Some skeptics say that his delivery won’t last him over the long haul, but his massive stack of games pitched at Chicago say otherwise. He recently moved to Boston where he will be getting better pitching and fielding advice to further his career.

Corey Kluber – Indians

Pitching over 200 innings in a season should be impressive enough to have a pitcher on the top 6 list. Critics talk about Kulber’s “off” year in 2016, but he still accomplishes some impressive feats. His curve/slider is a killer for players and is a promising prospect for upcoming seasons.

Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout against the Mets in the NL Wild Card game which is one example of the skill he has to an all-time great. Bumgarner, now 28, is reaching the peak of his career and serves as a trustworthy pitcher for the Giants.

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The Benefits of Coaching In The Workplace

The business world is constantly changing, and leaders and managers should ensure the organizations stay competitive. Regular training is one way that companies equip their employees with knowledge on what is trending in their line of business. However, the leadership and management of organizations need to go a step farther and incorporate coaching to impart the knowledge acquired from training.

What is Coaching?

It is a process that gives the employees an opportunity to develop themselves and be the best they can be. Coaching enhances creativity, self-reliance, and performance leading to growth, achievement, and development of employees. It leads to the creation of the best practices, use of skills and resources. One cannot exhaust the benefits of coaching in the workplace. What are the major benefits of coaching?

Employee Retention

Coaching gives employees career development skills making them feel valuable and satisfied. Satisfaction in the workplace reduces turnover and organizations are able to tap and retain talented individuals in the company. Leaders who take their time to improve employees’ skills gain their loyalty and are willing to learn more from their superiors. Coaching gives the leaders an opportunity to teach employees necessary skills to avoid gaps when people retire.

Increased and Improved Performance

Coaching allows workers to fully develop themselves and influence their strengths and abilities to maximize their performance. It boosts their morale and makes them committed to their tasks’ outcome and achievements of the company’s goals. Spending time developing the staff gives them motivation. The employees not only work towards fulfilling their career goals but also align their goals with the company’s needs.

Adding Value to the Organization

Coaching fosters positive attitude in employees towards their colleagues, leaders and their responsibilities. Allowing the workers to thrive in their uniqueness enhances team, and group performance as every individual brings their creativity to the organization. It provides an environment for feedback as employees give their opinions and receive advice from the managers. A good relationship between coworkers adds value to a company and enables individuals and the organization to reach their maximum potential.

Competitive Organization

As mentioned above, coached employees perform better and hence allow the organization to have a competitive edge. The employees adapt quickly to the changing environment as coaching supports quick shifts that are necessary for a business to remain on top. Creative and better-performing employees come up with ideas that increase the productivity of the organization. Coaching bridges the gap between educational theory and the practical business. It helps new employees learn fast and adjust to the company’s culture, procedures and policies.

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Life Coaching Exercises

Life coaching can be helpful for everyone. Some people may have a misunderstanding of what life coaching is exactly. Life coaches can help point clients in the right direction to achieve their goals. Life coaches develop a personalized plan for their clients that will be most effective in guiding them along in life. This article will talk about exercises life coaches can use to get the best information from their clients.

Wheel of Life

The wheel of life is a typical exercise used by many life coaches. The wheel includes eight sections in it. The eight categories are Health, Friends and Family, Significant Other, Personal Growth, Fun and Leisure, Home Environment, Career, and Money. The client would draw a line in the eight sections based on how satisfied they are with each category in their lives. This will give you a visual of how satisfied your client is with all different aspects of their life. This exercise can serve as a starting point in formulating a plan to reach higher levels of satisfaction in each area.

Big Rocks

This common exercise can be used to identify what your client’s values are. Big rocks represent the things your client values most. Smaller rocks and sand represent things they value less and less. The object of this exercise is to identify lesser valued things that may take up more time in their daily life. The client will have a better understanding of what they want to put more time into and what to avoid.

Spheres of Influence

This exercise is designed to help clients understand things they can and cannot control. Although many things are out of our control, we always have control of ourselves and how we react to events that happen. Guide your client through making a list of things they can and cannot control. This will help them accept the things they cannot control and learn to create efforts to influence the things that are within their control.

Journaling

Private journaling can help in many different ways. Journaling is a method of self-reflection and can initiate helpful advice from themselves to better strive towards their goals in life. Encourage your clients to carry a journal with them wherever they go and to keep a writing utensil handy. Set a goal with your client to journal every day for a week, or maybe a month. Soon it will become a habit, and they can gather more information to bring to you during your coaching sessions.

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