Posts Tagged with "Pitching"

  • 5 Things Really Good Hitters Do

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • September 12, 2011

    5 Things Really Good Hitters Do….it’s┬ámy newest article for Cornbeltbaseball.com!

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  • The Battery: How Pitchers and Catchers Work Together

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • September 22, 2010

    Pitchers throw the ball. Catchers catch it. That’s it, right? Not quite.

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  • Pitching to Win When Your Stuff Really Sucks

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • June 15, 2010

    It’s great to go to the mound, fully rested, and have your entire arsenal ready and able to dice up a lineup. Unfortunately, few of us take the mound under such utopian circumstances, and we pitchers usually toe the bump with less-than-perfect stuff. Less-than-perfect is standard; however some of those days, you just plain suck.…… More

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  • Preparing for Starts Within the 5-Man Rotation

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • June 7, 2010

    This is my first season pitching within a true 5-man rotation. In college and summer ball, there often are too many off-days to make the rotation stable. Weekend series in college mean that starters generally pitch once a week, giving ample time for physical and skill work in between outings. But in the professional season,…… More

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  • Pitch With An Unfettered Mind

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • June 1, 2010

    Some of the best philosophical and psychological writings on sport come from the ancient masters of Asian martial arts. One of my favorite books is The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman, and it was written by a Zen monk named Takuan Soho in the 1600s. The lessons one can…… More

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  • Building a Game Plan from the Bench

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • May 26, 2010

    Starting pitchers are given plenty of time between outings to build a scouting report and game plan for facing their opponent. Our season started last week, which meant we had to figure out what our opposing hitters had on the fly. As an expansion team, we didn’t have scouting reports already laid out for us,…… More

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  • Surviving Spring Training

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • May 19, 2010

    I arrived in Normal, Illinois on May 3rd for spring training for my first season of Independent professional baseball. I had pressure on me because I knew I had to perform well and outcompete a staff of more experienced pitchers, but I didn’t realize it would be maybe the two most stressful weeks of my…… More

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  • Get to Know The Pro Style Curve Ball

    • written by Dan Blewett
    • May 16, 2010

    If you watch a major league baseball game, pay close attention to the velocity differentials of each pitcher’s offerings. As I am writing this, I am currrently watching Brian Duensing of the Twins throw a 92 mph fastball and an 80mph curve. Duensing throws what coaches would refer to as a pro curve. What is…… More

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