@coachdeanwilson - Dean Wilson

👫| Husband 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦| Dad ⚾️| Head Coach, Cascia Hall Prep 📚| Author, “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online

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Unreal creativity here. I’ve said it a million times, to be a good infielder, sometimes you have to be able to improvise. For example, throwing the ball with your glove on your glove hand from 2B 
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I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t done this a lot in my life, just messing around and being goofy. And sometimes those weird, seemingly stupid things you do for fun will end up being of use come gametime!
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Unreal creativity here. I’ve said it a million times, to be a good infielder, sometimes you have to be able to improvise. For example, throwing the ball with your glove on your glove hand from 2B • I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t done this a lot in

Great visuals of @nickahmed13... via his Twitter account.
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Good visual of a fundamentally sound set up:
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1️⃣ Feet width is conducive to athletic movement
2️⃣ Glove on the ground early with bare hand in area to control/transfer
3️⃣ Neutral spine, seeing ball as deeply as possible.
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The ability to get into sound positions and doing so with good rhythm will make the routine plays that much easier. Simplify your game: master the mundane details.
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Great visuals of @nickahmed13... via his Twitter account. • Good visual of a fundamentally sound set up: - 1️⃣ Feet width is conducive to athletic movement 2️⃣ Glove on the ground early with bare hand in area to control/transfer 3️⃣ Neutral spine, se

You can’t color inside the lines if you want to be a good infielder.
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Hunting free outs all the time. Here @javy23baez uses plus instincts and feel to get the out behind the runner.
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Sometimes you can’t be afraid to be unconventional in making plays. You might find outs other people (baserunners) don’t even see, like in this case.
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You can’t color inside the lines if you want to be a good infielder. • Hunting free outs all the time. Here @javy23baez uses plus instincts and feel to get the out behind the runner. • Sometimes you can’t be afraid to be unconventional in making play

FEAR OF FAILURE
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Are you afraid to fail? For a lot of athletes, being afraid to fail is the number 1 challenge they face. Let this serve as your notice: failing is okay.
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Whether or not you get an awesome father-son moment like Kobe details here, allowing yourself to fail without feeling discouraged is one of the most freeing things an athlete can experience. It allows you to minimize discouragement, and help you be self-aware and get back to work in a constructive and productive way.
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Failure is inevitable, and it’s not an endpoint. Don’t be held down by temporary setbacks. Get back up and get back to work!
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FEAR OF FAILURE - Are you afraid to fail? For a lot of athletes, being afraid to fail is the number 1 challenge they face. Let this serve as your notice: failing is okay. • Whether or not you get an awesome father-son moment like Kobe details here, a

Welcome two new members of the class of 2030-something!
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Nolan Michael Wilson (right)
6 lb. 7.3 oz., 20 inches
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Winslow Grace Wilson (left)
6 lb. 8 oz., 20 inches
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And shoutout to my amazing wife @saracwilson for being incredible throughout this whole experience. Out-kicked my coverage in a thousand different ways.
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Also Nolan wanted me to mention that he is technically the older brother (by like 15 seconds). We’ll count it.
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Welcome two new members of the class of 2030-something! • Nolan Michael Wilson (right) 6 lb. 7.3 oz., 20 inches - Winslow Grace Wilson (left) 6 lb. 8 oz., 20 inches • And shoutout to my amazing wife @saracwilson for being incredible throughout this w

Messing around with a new wireless mic, decided to get mic’d up and see how it turned out!

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the dugout and hang out with me (not that you ever would ), here’s a sneak peek!
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Messing around with a new wireless mic, decided to get mic’d up and see how it turned out! If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the dugout and hang out with me (not that you ever would ), here’s a sneak peek!

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ATHLETICISM IN INFIELD PLAY
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Just a few major keys in high-level infield play:
1️⃣ Be explosive with body control
2️⃣ Be able to throw well from different angles
3️⃣ Work on numbers 1 & 2
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Here, @timanderson7 works on different arm angles and balance points, two things that play heavily into an infielder’s ability to “improvise,” but very rarely are these improvised plays done with no prior work.
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This may look like just fooling around and having some fun with fungo work, and it may be for the most part, but these patterns are being imprinted into his brain and body, which will allow him to have them in his bag if he finds himself in a situation where he needs them.
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ATHLETICISM IN INFIELD PLAY - Just a few major keys in high-level infield play: 1️⃣ Be explosive with body control 2️⃣ Be able to throw well from different angles 3️⃣ Work on numbers 1 & 2 - Here, @timanderson7 works on different arm angles and balan

DON’T BE ONE-DIMENSIONAL
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Everyone in today’s game is chasing the HR. I’ve seen this trend a lot in the youth and amateur game too, and I think it’s important that there’s some context. Trying to drive the ball is okay, being one-dimensional is not.
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One-dimensional (bad) offenses:
1️⃣ Chase one result (HR in this case)
2️⃣ Don’t walk much
3️⃣ Strike out a ton
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Dynamic (good offenses)
1️⃣ Win the PA however they can
2️⃣ Work deep counts and take walks
3️⃣ Minimize non-action outs (Ks)
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MLB W/L numbers based on base runner numbers tell the story. Walking more, having as many runners reach safely as possible and out-reaching your opponent are all sure-fire ways to win more baseball games, even at the highest level. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a deeper look...
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I think of HR hitting teams, I think Yankees and Dodgers. All pop, no “move the line,” right? Wrong. NY and LA both average around 3.75 BB/game, over 13 base runners per game and are top-5 in MLB in OBP and bottom half in the league in strikeouts. And they’re both winning at over a .600 clip. Can’t do that being one-dimensional.
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Moral of the story, if you have pop, use it. If you don’t, or you’re a LL or HS team and simply don’t have the physical maturity to hit the long ball consistently, take pride in getting on base and keeping the line moving. Good teams do it at every level.
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Graphic via @jwbbslo
Also, ironic on the night of the HR derby, but seems appropriate at the same time before everyone gets all carried away 
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DON’T BE ONE-DIMENSIONAL • Everyone in today’s game is chasing the HR. I’ve seen this trend a lot in the youth and amateur game too, and I think it’s important that there’s some context. Trying to drive the ball is okay, being one-dimensional is not.

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A couple things:
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1. Are his hands this good by accident?
2. Do you think his catch play was nonchalant to develop hands like that? (Difference between loose and nonchalant)
3. Why is catch play the most wasted potential gold mine for improving fundamental skills?
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Catch play is an opportunity to get 30-50-100 reps to work on exchanges, throwing from different angles, footwork through transfers, etc. Omar Vizquel is 52 and his hands are better than yours. How do you combat that as an up-and-coming INF? Better get to work next time you throw!
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A couple things: - 1. Are his hands this good by accident? 2. Do you think his catch play was nonchalant to develop hands like that? (Difference between loose and nonchalant) 3. Why is catch play the most wasted potential gold mine for improving fund

HANDLING FAILURE
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How do you handle failure? In life and in baseball, failures and setbacks are inevitable. Generally though, your end result will likely be influenced by your response to those failures.
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Here, Big Papi uses some serious positive self-talk following a poor performance in an ALCS game in 2013. You can hear him talking about how yesterday is over, it’s a new day and that it’s his turn to win. And it turns out that he did just that, hitting a big time Grand Slam.
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After a bad game on a big stage, he could have been negative, started pressing, been angry or plenty of other things. Instead, he focused on doing his job. Now, being positive won’t guarantee you success, but it will make it far easier to handle the ups and downs that come with being a high-level baseball player, which will make playing a bit easier.
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Not sure why, but my favorite part of this video is when he says, “I’m back.” Speaks to a strong sense of self and confidence in his abilities. He knows he’s dangerous, and he knows that you know.
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Additionally, want to send prayers @davidortiz’s way, whether he ever sees this or not. Hate to see senseless acts of violence and prayers up for a continued speedy recovery 
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HANDLING FAILURE - How do you handle failure? In life and in baseball, failures and setbacks are inevitable. Generally though, your end result will likely be influenced by your response to those failures. • Here, Big Papi uses some serious positive s

2019 CWS GIVEAWAY
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For this year’s College World Series, @rezbats is teaming up with myself and a lot of other great people and companies for a massive giveaway! (See tagged companies in photo) There will be 12 different winners! This years giveaway is presented by @collegebaseballhub Prizes include: A signed @trevorlarnach REZBAT,  a SnapBack REZBAT hat,  a @nokonaballgloves glove, TWO pairs of @underarmour Sunglasses #UAEyewear, 1 pair of @franklinsports batting gloves from @skorebats, my (@coachdeanwilson) very own book, “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”, two t shirts from @baseballauthority , @fullerhitting very own line drive handbook, custom batting gloves from @thelaempire and a batting tee from @thegtee -
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HOW TO WIN: 
1) Like this post 
2) Follow @rezbats and everyone tagged 
3) Tag one of your teammates below (Each additional tag is an added entry! Additional entries can also be made at our booth in @omahabaseballvillage 
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Winner picked on July 27th!
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2019 CWS GIVEAWAY - - For this year’s College World Series, @rezbats is teaming up with myself and a lot of other great people and companies for a massive giveaway! (See tagged companies in photo) There will be 12 different winners! This years giveaw

Not everyone gets to be a starter. Not everyone gets to play their desired position. Not everyone gets to be the star player, and that’s okay. But as far as I’m concerned, you have two options:
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1️⃣ Get mad, or
2️⃣ Get better
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Find a way to improve and lock in on your mental game, even if things aren’t going well. Eventually, your number will be called and your teammates will look to you to produce. And in that moment, they’ll know what you did when you weren’t playing: Pouting or preparing.
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It sucks not to play, I’ve been there. I’ve also been a graceful bench player and had times when I could’ve been a better teammate in that role, so I can understand the emotions. But at the end of the day, you have an obligation to your community, school, coaches (yep the same ones that don’t start you) and teammates to be ready when your time comes.
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The choice is yours.
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Not everyone gets to be a starter. Not everyone gets to play their desired position. Not everyone gets to be the star player, and that’s okay. But as far as I’m concerned, you have two options: - 1️⃣ Get mad, or 2️⃣ Get better - Find a way to improve

Great look at Lindor’s footwork approaching this ground ball. A couple things:
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1️⃣ Prep-step: still coming down as ball enters hitting zone, allows him to react from dynamic position rather than static
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2️⃣ Small shuffle: right before he breaks down, he does a small shuffle, likely to time up his feet so he can field the ball as his weight shifts into his left foot. Not every step needs to be perfect, be athletic and get into the right positions!
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3️⃣Weight transfer to throw: I see a ton of young INF either field the ball too much on their right leg, which prevents them from redirecting toward 1B sufficiently, or too much on their left leg, leaving their glove, and arm, behind. This usually forces guys to either take an extra shuffle to gain rhythm or simply sail the throw because their arm isn’t in position in time. Lindor is able to field the ball in rhythm and use a 2-step pattern to get rid of the throw quickly on a ball several steps to his right. Time is money!
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These may seem like insignificant details, but the quality footwork displayed here allows so many other parts of making plays on the INF work properly. Master your feet, and a lot of other problems will generally clean up as well!
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Great look at Lindor’s footwork approaching this ground ball. A couple things: • 1️⃣ Prep-step: still coming down as ball enters hitting zone, allows him to react from dynamic position rather than static - 2️⃣ Small shuffle: right before he breaks do

GIVEAWAY TIME
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My guys at Athletek and I are teaming up for a big time giveaway! The rules:
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1️⃣ Follow:
• @coachdeanwilson
• @dr.dalebartekdpt
• @athletekbaseballperformance
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2️⃣ Tag 2 friends in the comments
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Winner will receive a copy of my book “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” and Athletek’s new 8-week summer training guide!
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Get after it, winner picked on Friday!
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GIVEAWAY TIME - My guys at Athletek and I are teaming up for a big time giveaway! The rules: - 1️⃣ Follow: • @coachdeanwilson@dr.dalebartekdpt@athletekbaseballperformance - 2️⃣ Tag 2 friends in the comments - Winner will receive a copy of my bo

Sometimes setting your feet is overrated. Good rule of thumb to the glove side is if you have to take a deep angle, it’s usually best to spin throw.
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@joseiglesias_ss uses the momentum from the skin to power his throw rather than force from the ground if he were to set his feet. Naturally this a play you need to work on to make consistently, but if you can put this throw in your bag as an infielder, you expand your range to the glove side quite a bit!
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EDIT: @bencoonce2 showed me this. He’s also a big me guy and wanted some face time so... here. 
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Sometimes setting your feet is overrated. Good rule of thumb to the glove side is if you have to take a deep angle, it’s usually best to spin throw. • @joseiglesias_ss uses the momentum from the skin to power his throw rather than force from the grou

PLAYING WITH EMOTION vs PLAYING EMOTIONALLY
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There is a huge difference between these two, and the player that does one looks very different than the other. In my opinion, these players look like this:
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PLAYING WITH EMOTION
 Let emotion fuel intensity
 Channel emotion to improve focus
 Body language is controlled and confident
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PLAYING EMOTIONALLY
 Let emotion override rational decision-making
 So worried about showing emotion, lose focus on task at hand
 Body language reflects whatever emotion you’re experiencing in that moment
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Even predatory animals don’t just bum rush their prey. They stalk, are patient and when it’s time, they go hard and execute the plan. Playing with your hair on fire is only productive if you can handle that heat.
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Emotion is a weapon if used properly, it can also be a weapon to your detriment if you’re unable to harness it and use it to enhance your strengths. A player who is able to maintain focus and boost his attributes with the extra juice that emotion provides will be far better than the guy who simply lets emotion take the wheel with no regard to what competitive nature truly is. Competing is wanting to win, but also EXPECTING to win. Can’t fly off the handle every time something doesn’t (or does) go your way. Get back in this pitch and keep winning. Control your emotions!
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PLAYING WITH EMOTION vs PLAYING EMOTIONALLY . There is a huge difference between these two, and the player that does one looks very different than the other. In my opinion, these players look like this: • PLAYING WITH EMOTION Let emotion fuel intens

Huge congrats to all Commandos who received all-conference accolades.
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▪️Sr. C Scott Torkleson, Co-Player of the Year
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▪️So. LHP Dylan Wilson, Pitcher of the Year
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▪️Jr. RHP Jaxon Henderson, 1st team all-conference
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▪️Sr. 1B Logan Roach, 1st team all-conference
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▪️Sr. 3B Ben Coonce, 1st team all-conference
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Tons of hard work by these guys and others. Awards are not what I (or we) do it for, but I do want to recognize the guys who were voted as some of the best among their peers. Very proud of these guys and the rest of our players for getting after it as doing it right all year long.
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Huge congrats to all Commandos who received all-conference accolades. • ▪️Sr. C Scott Torkleson, Co-Player of the Year - ▪️So. LHP Dylan Wilson, Pitcher of the Year - ▪️Jr. RHP Jaxon Henderson, 1st team all-conference - ▪️Sr. 1B Logan Roach, 1st team

After a week, I’m finally mentally and emotionally stable enough to post that our season is over lol. Did not take this one well and you can ask my wife, I’ve been poutier than I’m proud of.
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We set out December 1st to go win the last game of the year. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for us. However, I have to say that for all intents and purposes, this year was a huge success. The way these guys showed up every day, worked their tails off and didn’t complain when I was, at times, unfairly critical of their play, effort, focus, etc. was truly impressive for a group of high school athletes. This was a group of guys from our top senior to the freshmen that never saw the varsity field, that emptied the tank every day.
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I think what this team taught me most is that sometimes you can’t measure a season by wins and losses. The object is always to win, of course, but the culture shift I saw with this year’s group, despite being as young as we were, in my mind, negates the fact that we didn’t go win a championship. The work we put in was not for nothing because we didn’t win; if anything it shows more than ever the importance of working tirelessly toward your goals, because hard work doesn’t always guarantee your desired end result. We went 21-6 with more than half of our lineup having basically no prior varsity experience. That’s due to strong work ethic and commitment to the process. This group made it easy for a rookie head coach to work every day.
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Seniors, I love you guys, thank you for pouring yourselves into this as much as I ever could have. Your leadership was inspiring and the fruits of your labor will be evident in years to come. @bencoonce2 @loganroach @tork_1 @matthew_wells.10
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Also huge shout out to my assistants @drew_bow @noah_cummings13 @nicky_roark6 for their insanely hard work this season as well. A lot of improvements from last year to this year, and that’s in large part due to the commitment and buy in by these guys to go out every day and invest in our players. Also for calming me down when I got too turned up!
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Sad to see these guys go but the future is very bright in Commandoland. 2020 starts now!
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After a week, I’m finally mentally and emotionally stable enough to post that our season is over lol. Did not take this one well and you can ask my wife, I’ve been poutier than I’m proud of. • We set out December 1st to go win the last game of the ye

PLUS PLUS FEEL
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Know the situation, know the game. You might turn an extra-inning sac bunt that puts the other team in a position to win the game into a huge double play for your team like @arizz_44 does here.
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PLUS PLUS FEEL • Know the situation, know the game. You might turn an extra-inning sac bunt that puts the other team in a position to win the game into a huge double play for your team like @arizz_44 does here.

District champs, on to Regionals! The party continues for your Commandos!
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Reposted so Professor Skip @noah_cummings13 and Young Hammer @drew_bow could get some face time
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District champs, on to Regionals! The party continues for your Commandos! • Reposted so Professor Skip @noah_cummings13 and Young Hammer @drew_bow could get some face time

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Here, Arenado fields a ground ball, proceeds to run further away from first base and then circles around to make a throw. But why did he actually run away from the bag?
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1️⃣ What’s an easier play: Jeter across your body from deep 3B, or taking a rounded route and circling into a throw? Always the latter. He carries his momentum away from first back toward it with the rounded angle. This allows him to  use that momentum to get more on his throw and also cut down distance.
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2️⃣ Know your runner. Rhys Hoskins is a dude, but not the swiftest runner on the roster. Knowing this, Arenado takes the time for a couple extra steps so he can make a more manageable throw to first. Knowing the runner before the ball comes to you allows you to not be surprised by the situation.
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3️⃣ There are videos circulating on Arenado practicing working around balls at this angle and making that throw. Practicing unorthodox plays make them that much easier in the game. There’s also video of him throwing from a knee from beyond the foul line. Can’t expect to make the play if you don’t work on it.
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Moral of the story, there is a lot more than pure athletic ability that goes into making these plays, although being athletic doesn’t hurt. A lot of feel for the game and prior preparation allow these plays to happen. Focus on physical tools for sure, but watch games as a student and develop some IQ and feel as well!
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PLUS FEEL • Here, Arenado fields a ground ball, proceeds to run further away from first base and then circles around to make a throw. But why did he actually run away from the bag? • 1️⃣ What’s an easier play: Jeter across your body from deep 3B, or

Are you a “launch angle” subscriber? Do you believe in swinging down on the ball? Batting Average and Stolen Bases or wOBA, wRC+ and DRS? Do analytics tell the story or do baseball people need to trust their gut? Bit of both?
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No matter what you believe, if you’re looking for some middle ground and a way to potentially enhance the way you see the game, then check out my new book, “CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?: RESOLVING BASEBALL’S CIVIL WAR” Been working on this for some time and am excited to share it with all of you.
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You’ll look at traditional measures that have stood the test of time and those that have failed to stand true, as well as aspects of the sabermetric movement that are making their presence felt and may be overcooking the game’s simplicities. In addition, learn about some ways to combine the old and new school to even further clarify your view of the game.
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Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online. Check it out now!
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I’d also like to thank the good people at @yorkshirepublishing for helping me make this series of blathering rants into a coherent, serviceable work. Could not have done it without you guys!
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Are you a “launch angle” subscriber? Do you believe in swinging down on the ball? Batting Average and Stolen Bases or wOBA, wRC+ and DRS? Do analytics tell the story or do baseball people need to trust their gut? Bit of both? • No matter what you bel

4 games, 4 dubs for your Commandos this week! 5 games left in the regular season and the boys are starting to put things together! Gotta finish strong.
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Proud of our guys showing the ability to bounce back from adversity (or me yelling like a maniac), make adjustments and play the game pitch by pitch. Also getting contributions from everyone! Every day and guys off the bench! 13-4 and rolling!
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4 games, 4 dubs for your Commandos this week! 5 games left in the regular season and the boys are starting to put things together! Gotta finish strong. • Proud of our guys showing the ability to bounce back from adversity (or me yelling like a maniac

Little delayed because of games the last two days but huge congrats to senior Matt Wells (@matthew_wells.10) for signing with Austin College yesterday.
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Hard work and right mindset can get you where you want to go. Matty’s work is a testament to that. Can’t wait to see his development at the next level!
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PS Right-handed pitcher but left-handed writer? Classic Wells.
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Little delayed because of games the last two days but huge congrats to senior Matt Wells (@matthew_wells.10 ) for signing with Austin College yesterday. • Hard work and right mindset can get you where you want to go. Matty’s work is a testament to tha

HITTERS
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During your AB, sometimes the pitcher is going to attempt to attack your weakness with their strength. In my opinion, part of having a good approach is being able to at least cover something other than what you’re looking for.
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Granted, haven’t spoken to Paul Goldschmidt about this AB, but considering he took the first 2 pitches he saw (2 FB in), I feel comfortable saying he was either looking for something away or offspeed. He continued to get FB in, and he continued to battle until eventually he got the barrel on one and hit a 
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Moral of the story, being able to cover the plate plays. Dominate what you’re looking to hit, but ensure your approach allows adjustability so you can continue to battle through ABs and wait for the pitcher to make a mistake or for you to be able to make an adjustment.
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HITTERS - During your AB, sometimes the pitcher is going to attempt to attack your weakness with their strength. In my opinion, part of having a good approach is being able to at least cover something other than what you’re looking for. • Granted, ha

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Play it with your feet
Perfect the last hop
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Love the first part of this video especially because, in so many words, this is what I tell my infielders as well. So, maybe some validation on my end is behind this post lol but I like the way Ron Washington breaks things down.
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Play it with your feet and perfect the last hop. If you trust your first read and have decisive footwork, generally your feet do all the work in getting you to your spot, and then can just lay your glove on the ground and let the ball roll in. However, if your read is a touch off, have an athletic enough glove work to bail yourself out and still play that last hop cleanly. Use your feet to get there, and use your glove to clean up the hops.
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For our guys, our glovework series works a lot on the last hop, and our individual drill series almost always pinpoints reacting to the ball and quality first-steps.
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In my opinion, feet make the infielder! PS video stolen from @athletekbaseballperformance, thanks dude!
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. Play it with your feet Perfect the last hop • Love the first part of this video especially because, in so many words, this is what I tell my infielders as well. So, maybe some validation on my end is behind this post lol but I like the way Ron Wash

Had a great time on @goingyardpodcast! Covered a lot of cool topics including some hot button issues in today’s game!
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Go check it out, available on several different platforms!
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Had a great time on @goingyardpodcast ! Covered a lot of cool topics including some hot button issues in today’s game! • Go check it out, available on several different platforms!

Take a look at both of these middle infielders. One huge and one not so huge. Also, two very different pre-pitch prep steps.
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One has a lot of movement with a split hop at the end, and one just sort of walks into rhythm. Both seem to get a pretty good jump on this ball and both are (or were) in big league camp, so we know they’re pretty good lol (Tatis Jr.  is definitely pretty good).
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I say all that to say this: do what works for you. What’s best for one guy might not work for another, so find your identity and own it. Be coachable, but know who you are and work within that framework. Don’t play someone else’s game.
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Take a look at both of these middle infielders. One huge and one not so huge. Also, two very different pre-pitch prep steps. • One has a lot of movement with a split hop at the end, and one just sort of walks into rhythm. Both seem to get a pretty go

Little fun in our infielders’ individual Ds today. Got some “Glove Flip Foursquare” action going!
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I’m big on working hard and being tuned in to the fine details of your work, but I also believe that “All work and no play makes Johnny burnt out on baseball and want to quit,” so... balance!
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I also like this game because, while it’s necessarily directly applicable in-game, it promotes an athletic glove hand and lets the guys compete. Used @valletraininggloves KKs in the Championship square.
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Also congrats to @Jaxon_hend on being our champ today lol
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Little fun in our infielders’ individual Ds today. Got some “Glove Flip Foursquare” action going! • I’m big on working hard and being tuned in to the fine details of your work, but I also believe that “All work and no play makes Johnny burnt out on b

I love this quick piece from Ron Washington:
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“It’s hard to do it right continuously. It’s easy to do it wrong, but it’s hard to do it right. It really is.”
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People constantly talk about doing the right thing, but a lot fail to mention that it truly isn’t an easy thing to do. There are a ton more factors every day that could lead us to a negative mentality and approach than that keep us going. The challenge is to hold yourself accountable.
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Commit to doing what is right vs. what is comfortable. And have enough awareness to know when you’re slacking and be able to reign yourself back in. It’s a learnable thought process, but when better to start than now?
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I love this quick piece from Ron Washington: - “It’s hard to do it right continuously. It’s easy to do it wrong, but it’s hard to do it right. It really is.” - People constantly talk about doing the right thing, but a lot fail to mention that it trul

Just a drill to get the feet going in tight quarters when you have to go indoors.
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Routine GB to the first cone. Backhand at the (stage) right cone, followed by a ranged out forehand to finish up. The natural flow of the drill re-creates the direction and foot patterns of each lane (funnel, backhand and forehand).
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One key is to put the back hand a step or so behind the funnel cone and have guys get around that cone to force them to get to the spot on time. The forehand cone is a step back again from the backhand one, forcing another deep angle.
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Served its purpose for our guys. Still have to get your work when you’re inside!
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Just a drill to get the feet going in tight quarters when you have to go indoors. • Routine GB to the first cone. Backhand at the (stage) right cone, followed by a ranged out forehand to finish up. The natural flow of the drill re-creates the directi

🧠 Early Season Thoughts 🧠
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With a lot of seasons having just kicked off, and 4 games into my own season, just wanted to share some thoughts on some potentially common early season though processes:
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STRUGGLING? You don’t suck, it’s just early. A bad start is not a death sentence for your season. Don’t bury yourself with negative self-talk before you get a chance to right the ship, which you absolutely do have.
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CRUSHING IT? You’re not Barry Bonds, but you are feeling it. It’s important to understand what you’re feeling at the plate, on the mound, with the glove, etc and be able to call on that when you inevitably cool off a touch. It’s very unlikely that you’ll hit .600 all year, etc. Don’t lose your foundation with complacency, assuming that it will always seem this easy. Continue to improve!
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It’s extremely important not to chase end of year stats early the season. Chase 1-1 quality at bats or 1 quality pitch every single AB or pitch. Focus on the process that is maintaining a successful baseball season. Marathoners don’t sprint and sprinters don’t jog. Stay in your lane and improve every day!
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Seems basic but reiterating fundamental staples of a strong mentality never hurt anyone!
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🧠 Early Season Thoughts 🧠 . With a lot of seasons having just kicked off, and 4 games into my own season, just wanted to share some thoughts on some potentially common early season though processes: • STRUGGLING? You don’t suck, it’s just early. A ba

Middle Infielders can drop step too! (Sorta)
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Here, the 2B (@patvalaika I believe, unless he changed his number and his face, no jersey names lol), lengthens the hop by retreating a step or two from his starting position. This allows him to:
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So, middle infielders, you aren’t going to be able to play through everything and cut off every hop. Sometimes you’ll need to lengthen hops to make plays easier for yourself. Be able to be athletic in both directions, it’s not just for corner guys.
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Middle Infielders can drop step too! (Sorta) • Here, the 2B (@patvalaika I believe, unless he changed his number and his face, no jersey names lol), lengthens the hop by retreating a step or two from his starting position. This allows him to: - 1️⃣ C

 DATA ON DEFENSE
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In my opinion, defense is way behind hitting and pitching in terms of data and its application in game situations. Granted, it’s harder to quantify when a lot of judgment of defenders has to do with range, which is mostly intangible and highly variable. Also, it’s possible that it’s because defense is just less sexy than hitting and pitching (I don’t even believe that, and if you do, we can’t be friends). However, it’s encouraging to see some strides being made.
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For example, this video with @thatguy__kai explaining the breakdown of some data samples as it relates to how infielders should be preparing and how we as coaches should set up our infrastructure for their improvement. Being able to clean up the way infielders train to make it more conducive to in-game success is the next step and probably what will open the door in defensive data beyond DRS (which barely makes sense, if at all).
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I don’t know what’s next, whether it’s force plates to determine jump quality, or movement data collection to ensure infielders consistently get to better positions to make throws, etc., but defense has a little catching up to do, and I’m glad that trail is being blazed.
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Also, this video belongs to the ABCA, I just clipped together some snippets. So thanks in advance to them and @coachsheets3 for always putting out quality info and resources for coaches, can’t wait to check out this full video!
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DATA ON DEFENSE . In my opinion, defense is way behind hitting and pitching in terms of data and its application in game situations. Granted, it’s harder to quantify when a lot of judgment of defenders has to do with range, which is mostly intangibl

Couple of things I thought were interesting points and wanted to point out here:
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1️⃣ Notice how during his prep-step, he actually begins to move before he’s on the ground. You can see as he’s coming down from his little hop, he lines up his feet so that his left foot opens slightly and his right foot gets in the ground first to drive. Prep steps and the their timing are critically important for an infielder. Get down too early, you’re moving from a static position. Get down too late and you’ve lost a step or two of range. Be on the way down as the ball enters the hitting zone, you’ll be able to “bounce” out of your landing and have enough time to cover ground.
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2️⃣ Let me know when his glove closes. Oh, never? That’s because an infielder should really almost never close his glove around the ball. Fly balls, throw downs and not much else really requires. Everything else is a ricochet off the sweet spot. I’m a fan of pancake and flat trainers trainers because it forces good transfer habits.
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Maybe not your standard infield post, but the small, almost seemingly insignificant details are the ones that account for that step for or against you making the runner safe or out. Find ways to get better at the things most guys don’t even think about!
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PS @andrelton2 is a DUDE. @tn.defense’s new bestie and I’m peanut butter and jealous.
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Couple of things I thought were interesting points and wanted to point out here: • 1️⃣ Notice how during his prep-step, he actually begins to move before he’s on the ground. You can see as he’s coming down from his little hop, he lines up his feet so

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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH FAILURE
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As Jeter says here, whether in baseball or life, you will fail. The impact those failures have will ultimately depend on the way you approach and deal with those failures.  You can let them consume you and those failures will snowball, or you can process them, game plan how to improve in those areas and get on with your life!
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Society, in the social media age specifically, is obsessed with status and greatness. Whether it’s athletes, celebrities or anywhere in between, people love to observe greatness in action. The part that gets left out is usually how much struggle took place behind the scenes to get them into that spot in the first place. Understanding failure is not the other option besides success, rather that it’s a piece of the puzzle in achieving success in whatever field you’re in is pivotal to dealing with life’s inevitable failures.
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I don’t advise you to accept failure by any means, but know it’s part of the grind, process it when it happens, learn from it and get to work on fixing it. Derek Jeter got out nearly 8,000 times in his career and he’s a no doubt Hall of Famer. Failure won’t define you unless you allow it to. Don’t get mad, get better!
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. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH FAILURE • As Jeter says here, whether in baseball or life, you will fail. The impact those failures have will ultimately depend on the way you approach and deal with those failures. You can let them consume you and those failu

#highlevelpattern
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One of each! Thanks to everyone who has wished us well and to everyone for coming to watch me absolutely MASH two fake baseballs full of powder. Huge shout out to @saracwilson for being an absolute soldier and already being the most amazing mama.
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NMW + WGW coming soon!
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PS I only posted a slomo versions because the sounds people made were funny
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#highlevelpattern • One of each! Thanks to everyone who has wished us well and to everyone for coming to watch me absolutely MASH two fake baseballs full of powder. Huge shout out to @saracwilson for being an absolute soldier and already being the mo

GAME-LIKE PREPARATION
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How closely does your training mimic the actions you’re going to perform in the game? In baseball, I’m all for tee work and flips when they’re appropriate, but I’m also a big believer in game-speed and game-like training.
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I often tell our guys that if they roll into a game without ever taking a rep at game speed, then they haven’t done anything to be prepared to play in this game. Game speed reps translate to game speed play. Seeing live arms translates to hitting in the game, throwing to hitters translates more than having a plastic dummy stand-in, and defensive work off a live bat plays more than fungos (even though that’s sometimes tough to make happen).
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Like Kobe says here. His training was such that once the game started, he had done it so many times already, he could essentially go into auto-pilot and execute. That’s the benefit of game speed reps and live preparation.
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How do you train at a game-like level? Do you believe that you need to train in a game setting to best prepare to play?
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GAME-LIKE PREPARATION . How closely does your training mimic the actions you’re going to perform in the game? In baseball, I’m all for tee work and flips when they’re appropriate, but I’m also a big believer in game-speed and game-like training. • I

 Introducing the newest members of the recruiting class of 2038. Baseball/Volleyball, not sure yet, but there will be a couple playmakers on the market pretty soon!
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Wilson Twins coming August 2019
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Introducing the newest members of the recruiting class of 2038. Baseball/Volleyball, not sure yet, but there will be a couple playmakers on the market pretty soon! • Wilson Twins coming August 2019

Huge shout out to @goin_yard_gloves for the awesome new glove! Go check them out!
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PS you know I had to go with Cascia navy!
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Huge shout out to @goin_yard_gloves for the awesome new glove! Go check them out! • PS you know I had to go with Cascia navy!

COACH vs. TEACHER
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As a coach, what are we doing to breed success in our program as well as develop strong future husbands/fathers?
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Winning is important (don’t @ me), but I think we need to focus on empowering our young men, especially in the amateur game and lower levels, and giving them the tools to improve themselves and develop useful life skills on their own that will serve them in future endeavors beyond baseball. Some of these are:
▪️ Leadership skills
▪️ Ability to effectively work within a team
▪️ Accountability
▪️ Pride in effort and many many more
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Baseball is a great teacher of life lessons and as a coach I feel as though it’s my personal responsibility to attempt to help facilitate the learning of those lessons, even when it doesn’t look like that’s what I’m doing.
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Granted, not to say I’m the foremost expert on this, or that I’m even doing it right lol but it’s what I strive to do every day. Creating a winning environment in baseball usually mirrors successful habits and traits that translate beyond the field.
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So might as well win some games while we’re at it!
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COACH vs. TEACHER . As a coach, what are we doing to breed success in our program as well as develop strong future husbands/fathers? • Winning is important (don’t @ me), but I think we need to focus on empowering our young men, especially in the amat

VERSATILITY
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I know everybody wants to play their favorite position all the time, but sometimes that’s just not gonna happen. Sometimes you have to pay your dues and do what you gotta do to get on the field. Here’s Don Mattingly, 9x Gold Glover. At 1B (and left-handed human) playing third! Gotta do what you gotta do! •
I always favored and was best at SS, but half of my HS career and half of my college career I played 2B. I played almost exclusively 3B during my first year of pro ball and one summer in HS I actually played CF most of the season. Didn’t matter. Sometimes versatility gets you in the lineup every day. I was annoyed sometimes, sure, but I could pout from the bench or be flexible and try to help the team.
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I posted before about guys like @kikehndez and @marwingonzalez9 getting a full season’s worth of AB while playing multiple positions over the course of the year. Those guys get paid to be versatile and playing 7-8 positions over 7-8 days is better than playing 1 position every 7th or 8th day. Just my thoughts.
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Obviously be good at your strengths, but don’t be afraid to have 2 or 3 gloves in your bag at any time.
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VERSATILITY • I know everybody wants to play their favorite position all the time, but sometimes that’s just not gonna happen. Sometimes you have to pay your dues and do what you gotta do to get on the field. Here’s Don Mattingly, 9x Gold Glover. At

Here is Freddie Freeman, one of the best hitters on earth and, in my opinion, one of the most underrated players around.
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Lot of good stuff going on in this swing, but I wanted to point out something I’ve noticed with a lot of elite hitters.
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I’ve seen videos of Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and now Freeman and one thing I notice that they all do is they hold on to the ground very well. They are very secure until the moment or contact, and then all that built up tension is released, the torso follows through, front foot loses hold and turns over, all right at contact. They don’t release energy early and don’t hold energy for any longer than they need to, there is no force left not applied to the baseball.
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Here is Freddie Freeman, one of the best hitters on earth and, in my opinion, one of the most underrated players around. • Lot of good stuff going on in this swing, but I wanted to point out something I’ve noticed with a lot of elite hitters. • I’ve

Two of the best hitters in the world, on the game’s biggest stage... and they want to simplify.
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Nothing too involved or overly-complicated, just getting back to basics. You don’t always need HitTrax or video work, or the wide array of other tools hitters use to work with. All of those things are useful and do help, but don’t ever underestimate the value of just getting in there and taking some hacks and figuring out what feels good again. At the end of the day, you’re in the box by yourself so you have to feel good in your mind and body to compete at the highest level. Gotta know yourself and what helps you get back on track. The best know what to look for in their own game, and have strategies to preemptively fix issues before they fall into “slumps.”
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Notice what Betts says about how when he slows everything down and swings less violently, he feels like he sees everything better (paraphrased obviously). Sometimes the most complex or aesthetically pleasing options aren’t what you need. Sometimes you just gotta go callous up your hands and take some hacks and until it clicks again. Just my thought. Maybe it’s too “anecdotal” or “not based in facts” for some, but if you want to argue that hitting isn’t harder when you don’t feel good up there, then we don’t have much to talk about!
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PS the best hitters in the game LOVE to hit and LOVE to talk hitting like these guys are doing.
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Two of the best hitters in the world, on the game’s biggest stage... and they want to simplify. • Nothing too involved or overly-complicated, just getting back to basics. You don’t always need HitTrax or video work, or the wide array of other tools h

We’ve been talking about it since last year, so we finally made it happen and used the rainy day to have our first classroom session today.
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Covered our offensive philosophies before we get into intrasquads and scrimmages in the coming weeks and months. Since obviously I’m not going to show you everything we talked about because that would be dumb, here’s some of the more general topics we touched on. Some stuff that’s transferred from my time in college and some stuff we’ve picked up along the way. Will definitely continue holding these sessions during the season!
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Coaches, just yelling cues or vague adjustments during BP or team defense work is generally not instruction or teaching enough. I’m guilty as well. I really found the opportunity to stand in front of the team in a controlled setting useful in relaying important information. Definitely better than yelling through the middle of a drill.
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Really proud of the way our guys have handled themselves this year. We’ve thrown some new looks at them and they’ve adapted and haven’t missed a beat! Big things coming in Commandoland! And no I didn’t put my personal logo on the team slides lol even I’m not that big of a tool.
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We’ve been talking about it since last year, so we finally made it happen and used the rainy day to have our first classroom session today. • Covered our offensive philosophies before we get into intrasquads and scrimmages in the coming weeks and mon

INFIELDERS: Being able to throw off-balance, either with momentum toward 1B or across your body is a tool you have to have in your bag. Here is a drill we did today to promote that.
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Each guy will start at 1B to start, and run all the way around the bases to home plate. Another player (or me) will hit them on the run and run to a random spot on the infield grass. The infielder then throws on the run and then we will switch and go from third base to home as shown in the video.
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I like this drill because it forces the infielder to make different types of throws on the run, but the feeder moving around forces the player running around the bases to pick up a new target each time and be accurate to that target.
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This is a drill my dad used to do with me all through my youth. As a result, I was always very strong throwing on the run and from various slots. Looking to do the same for my guys.
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INFIELDERS: Being able to throw off-balance, either with momentum toward 1B or across your body is a tool you have to have in your bag. Here is a drill we did today to promote that. • Each guy will start at 1B to start, and run all the way around the

After watching several dudes absolutely crush infield play presentations this weekend at #abca I figured I needed to get my drill menu dialed in. So here’s something I put together today.
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So start with three balls. 1 regular baseball, 1 tennis ball or other light ball (I used a Lite Flite), and 1 weighted/waterlogged ball (I used a @drivelinebaseball 11oz weighted baseball).
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I hid all three behind my glove and would feed one of them randomly. When I fed:
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▪️11oz: Play through, get the short hop
▪️Lite Flite: Drop step, play long hop
▪️Baseball: Standard set up on it
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In addition to the obvious recognition and reaction aspect to this, I used balls of varying weights because of the feel I was looking for with each play. With the heavy ball, you have to apply a little pressure with the glove action to make the short hop stick, so I made them field the heaviest ball. With the drop step you have to give ground and stay softer with your glove hand, so I used the lightest (and bounciest) ball for that play type.
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This was the first day we did this, so we went through them in a predictable order before this to establish the rhythm and movements of the drill.
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Got good feedback from my guys, but they’re also my players and I write the lineup lol but feel free to let me know what you think! Definitely open to discussion on this!
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EDIT: Special thanks to @_dwilson and his bad hips for filming lol
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After watching several dudes absolutely crush infield play presentations this weekend at #abca I figured I needed to get my drill menu dialed in. So here’s something I put together today. • So start with three balls. 1 regular baseball, 1 tennis ball

I still got it! (I don’t)
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Thanks to @senaptec for holding the #sensorychallenge at #abca! Apparently these hands still work a little because they won me a free pair of their Strobes! Can’t wait to put these to good use!
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Also @ozziestlwizard didn’t think I sucked, so that was pretty much the coolest thing that’s ever happened. Undisputedly my favorite player of all-time.
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I still got it! (I don’t) • Thanks to @senaptec for holding the #sensorychallenge at #abca ! Apparently these hands still work a little because they won me a free pair of their Strobes! Can’t wait to put these to good use! • Also @ozziestlwizard didn’

Just a few dudes that like to pick it.
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Thanks to @thatguy__kai for dropping  today! Awesome work and thanks to @tn.defense for letting me steal the pic!
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Just a few dudes that like to pick it. • Thanks to @thatguy__kai for dropping today! Awesome work and thanks to @tn.defense for letting me steal the pic! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #baseball #fridayfielders #pickit #defense #infield #infielders #

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