At one point or another in every athlete’s career, he or she will be cursed with the infamous “yips” for a certain period of time. For those that are unfamiliar with the yips, the term was first introduced to describe golfers that missed short and easy putts due to high-pressure situations. Since then, the yips can be used to describe athletes of any sport that can’t complete routine actions or plays that the player used to be able to do without a problem. Some of the worst cases are seen in professional baseball and softball players.
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The consensus between doctors, coaches and parents for youth baseball pitchers is to avoid throwing the curveball – so much to the point where Little League baseball has even considered banning breaking pitches during games. The thought behind the controversial pitch is that it is too strenuous on the young arm; that these youth players cannot handle the torque and load on their elbows and shoulders without suffering injury. Sometimes serious enough to lead to the infamous “Tommy John” surgery – which replaces the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) located on the pinky-side of the elbow.
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Throughout the world, about 10% of the general population is Left-Hand dominant. This world is riddled with “Righties”, which makes reaching the Major Leagues in Baseball seem even tougher than usual should you be a “Lefty”. But looking at some of the Greatests of All-Time, Southpaws are great too. So, we decided to compile our own list to give those Lefties some love! Here are some of the greatest Lefties to ever play the game, in no particular order, split half-and-half Pitchers and Hitters.Hitters
The “Great Bambino” is argued as one of the greatest ballplayers of all-time, More >
Baseball is a game of constant hand signals, pitching signs, and silent communication between players on and off the field. One position that communicates the most among players on the team is the catcher. With the catcher standing behind home plate, he can see the entire team on the field and the entire team can see him. With this power, comes great responsibility. The catcher must be a great communicator and leader on the field. He must not only be constantly practicing catcher drills for his position, but he must also remember all the signs and signals for the team More >
With summer coming to a close, baseball and softball players find themselves creeping into the dreaded “Off-Season”. What to do during this boring, game-less time? Well, many players take advantage of the down time by breaking in a new glove for the upcoming season. With plenty of time until those cleats hit the dirt again, the off-season is ideal for softening up that brand new, stiff glove. But with this, many players, coaches and parents find themselves wondering, “What is the best way to break-in a new glove?”. Hopefully we can shed some light on this popular topic.
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If baseball is considered to be a non-contact sport, then how do over 275,000 players visit the emergency room every year for baseball related injuries? Although player to player contact is not part of the game, players can get hurt in numerous ways. Some of the most common injuries in baseball are throwing-arm strains, hip/upper-leg strains, and head/face injuries from being struck by a baseball. Luckily, there are ways to treat and prevent such injuries and drastically reduce the chances of being injured in baseball. Here’s how:
Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious More >
Looking at all of the baseball bats that are available on the market today, it can be overwhelming when trying to determine which one to use in a game or practice. With the numerous materials, stamps, weights, designs, etc. players and parents are left at a crossroads when selecting a bat to use at the plate. So where does the player or parent start? How does someone determine which bat is best? Hopefully we can clear up some of these questions when it comes to the different options each player has.
Where to Start…
The best place to start is with league regulations. More >
Over the past few years, there has been much talking and, well, complaining about the latest NCAA and NFHS bat certification deemed “Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution”, better known simply as “BBCOR”. Officially since 1/1/11, the BBCOR standard has been a requirement for bats used in NCAA regular season and tournament play; a change from the previous, more responsive Bat Exit Speed Ratio (BESR) standard. The thought behind the new standard and change is the desire to make non-wood bats perform closer to the wood material – which will require better skill from the players, reduce the exponentially increasing offensive (particularly More >
Some of the best youth talent in the world is on display at the Little League Baseball World Series; and Easton believes the best in the world should use the best equipment available. Easton has provided the teams with some of their high-end equipment, some items in custom colors, for use on the field out in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Curious as to what these Little Leaguers are using? Here’s a guide to some of the gear on the field, all of which is already or soon-to-be available at HomerunMonkey.com!
During the 2013 LLWS, Easton made quite a splash when their new More >
Since posting about our “Axe Bat BP Giveaway”, I have gotten a number of questions regarding the Axe Bat and the theory behind the unique design of their patented handle and the durability of the barrel. With the influx of questions coming in, I thought I would dedicate a blog specifically to the benefits of the Axe bat and the information that backs up those proposed benefits.
If you are not familiar with the Axe bat design and what sets it apart from other manufacturers, start by looking at the handle. For baseball (all materials, including wood), fastpitch and slowpitch bats, More >