Monthly Archives: October 2010

Buster

Age and experience alone do not determine excellence. Never allow the fact that someone is older, or has been batting for a longer amount of time, influence a belief that you are inferior. Many times, “experience” means “repeats the same … Continue reading

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Puppet Master

In baseball and in life there is a tendency to blame misfortune on someone (or anyone) else, or to blame “fate” or “luck” or the “baseball gods.” Some adopt a fatalistic attitude and sour their game with pessimism and depression. … Continue reading

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Armadillo

A great hitter possesses a unique style. He often looks different and stands different and swings different than the norm. He performs drills and does things that seem odd to batters afraid of experimentation. Because of his unconventional ways, he … Continue reading

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Even the Best Fail Sometime

Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers is a front-runner candidate to be named his league’s 2010 MVP. Hamilton is a rare hitting blend of power, precision, bat speed, and consistency, in addition to his fielding, throwing and base-running prowess. Although … Continue reading

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Acres of Diamonds

Becoming a great hitter requires significant practice. Swing after swing, pitch by pitch, drill upon drill. Some of the best major league hitters take hundreds of swings each day, perhaps averaging 6000 per month. This volume of repetition and level … Continue reading

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The Depths of Courage

“Courage isn’t something you’re born with; it’s something you train for,” said record-setting deep-sea free-diver Tanya Streeter. Free-diving entails descending to significant depths, and returning to the surface, on a single breath of air without the use of scuba equipment … Continue reading

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A Bug’s Life

Years before the pop rock group the Beatles became the most popular and successful recording and performing artist of their time, the band went by various odd names such as the Moondogs, the Quarrymen, and the Silver Beetles. ¬†Under these … Continue reading

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