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Baseball Hitting Drills For Bat Speed Experiment: Jose Bautista “Blocking”

“Blocking” Like Jose Bautista: A Baseball Hitting Drills For Bat Speed Experiment   Question: Does Landing Bent with the Front Knee & then Straightening it, Add Bat Speed? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze if “Blocking”, or using Ground Reaction Forces (GRF), produces a significant gain in bat speed.   Background Research Check…

Baseball Online: Never Suffer From Bat Drag Again

Baseball Online: Ryan Bruan

Since it’s the end of 2014/beginning 2015, I wanted to do a baseball online re-cap article on my TOP-3 blog posts in 2014, based on my Google Analytic Metrics.  The top-3 were: Baseball Training Aids: Long Slow Swing Fix? (4,425 page views – 12 page views/day), Josh Donaldson: Stay CLOSED & Add Ball Exit Speed (4,250 page views – 11.5…

Sadaharu Oh: 5’10” 173-lbs, 868 Dingers Over 22-Years – How?

According to Baseball-Reference.com, the “Barry Bonds” of Japanese baseball, Sadaharu Oh: Is 5-foot, 173-pounds, and Hit 868 homers in 22 years (that’s almost 40/season!!)… How did he do this? Sadaharu Oh Analysis: Your Mission, if you Choose to Accept it… Watch the above hitting footage, and identify – what you think – are the two most critical things contributing to…

Matt Kemp VIDEO: Unique Ted Williams Power Secret

Imagine if I asked you to take a ride in my 2-year-old son’s favorite sports car and ultimate luxury vehicle, the Lamborghini Aventador…cherry red. Costs about $400K, has 720 horse-power, and goes zero to sixty-mph in 2.8 seconds.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.  What if I also told you it had no brakes.  The manufacturer just “forgot” to install…

Baseball Pitching + Roger Federer = Repeatable Power (Hitting Video)

Yes, hitters can build consistent explosive rotational power into their swings by learning from tennis players and baseball pitching athletes.  CLICK HERE to check out this “Pitching Instruction Secrets for Hitters” video post I did featuring 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. I received an email from a teacher in Portugal named Alexandra Franco.  She plays competitive tennis and is also…

Alex Gordon VIDEO: Avoid This Stupid Mistake? [Experiment]

Alex Gordon: Top Out Bat Speed By Striding Closed? Question: Does Striding Front Leg Closed Increase OR Decrease Bat Speed? I was taught my whole playing career to stride front foot closed.  Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze whether striding with the front leg closed will have a positive or negative…

Buster Posey VIDEO: Not ALL In The Hips? [Experiment]

Buster Posey: ADD 6-mph To Bat Speed Using The Shoulders Question: Is Increased Bat Speed ALL in the Hips? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze whether Buster Posey’s hips OR spinal mechanics is what increases bat speed. Background Research Most elite hitting instructors, pros, and Hall of Famers think it’s ALL…

Michael Brantley VIDEO: How-To BOOST BABIP?

Michael Brantley: NEVER Worry About Batting Average Again Last week, I received a question from Brian Petrick that birthed this post: “What do mlb players need to do to hit for a higher avg consistently and cut down on k’s. Not many .300 plus hitters today.” I have to thank my Sabermetrics friends at RockiesZingers.com – namely Richard Bergstrom – for…

Corey Dickerson VIDEO: #1 Most Critical Hitting Position

Corey Dickerson: 3 Human Movement Laws That Dominate I wanted to analyze a young lefty slugging Colorado Rockies outfielder by the name of Corey Dickerson.  Standing and weighing in at 6-foot, 1 inch, and 205 pounds, Dickerson isn’t a big guy by today’s standards.  And comparing key offensive indicators (photo on right), puts him in decent company… FanGraphs.com says this about OPS…

Bryce Harper VIDEO: Missing Repeatable Power?

What Can Bryce Harper Learn From Mike Trout? (PLEASE NOTE: this video post was done in 2014, before Bryce Harper won the NL MVP in 2015. At the end of the post I give an UPDATE) This article explains why Mike Trout will repeatedly out-slug Bryce Harper mechanically, unless Bam-Bam adds efficiency to his swing. I picked this match-up because…

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