SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Lots of people have studied and researched baseball fundamentals, mechanics and a player's mental approach. This page is designed to provide information to help you take your craft to the Next Level.

HITTING / OFFENSE
 

Frank Menechino, Marlins Hitting Coach, Describes Changes that Led to Giancarlo Stanton's Resurgence
Learn how Giancarlo Stanton changed his mental approach to hitting. He is selective about hitting fastballs in 'his' location. In other words, he waits for the pitcher to make a mistake or throw the pitch in his zone. It all starts well before he enters the batter's box. He practices this in the cages, on the tee, soft-toss and replays it in his head.

Giancarlo Stanton Adjustment to Swing Mechanics 
This is a great article on HittingDaily.com about Staton's change in swing mechanics. He breaks down his swing into fluid components that are all interconnected. To often, high school players release all of the swing elements at one time - essentially leading to spinning like a top. Hitting is about generating energy from the ground up. The load (hands) start with the hips and legs, then works up to the shoulders - all with the hands back. Hands then come straight through the ball leading to a full extension at contact point. Take a close look at the before and after comparison below. In the lower image, see how his hands load when his hips begin to fire. His hands are then triggered by the shoulder movement. Look at the differences in his contact point.

DEFENSE
 

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MENTAL SIDE OF BASEBALL
 

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