The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros will meet in the 2021 World Series beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 26 to determine who is crowned Major League Baseball’s latest champion. The Braves reached this point after taking down the Milwaukee Brewers in four games in the National League Division Series before downing the Los Angeles Dodgers in six NLCS games. This is Atlanta’s first time in the World Series since 1999.
Conversely, this is the Astros’ third trip to the Fall Classic in five tries. The Astros downed the Chicago White Sox in four games in the American League Division Series to reach the AL Championship Series. Houston then prevailed against the Boston Red Sox, advancing in six games. The Astros (95-67) had a better regular season record than the Braves (88-74), so Houston has home-field advantage in the Fall Classic.
Rays, White Sox, Astros out front followed by Red Sox, Indians and Mariners in American League Division run.
Then there are the Braves, Brewers and Giants followed by Phillies, Cardinals, and Dodgers in the hunt for National League Division title.
Great offensive team and broke several records.
Pandemic will be memorable aspect of this season.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell was shutting down the Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense through the first five innings of Game 6 of the 2020 World Series.
Snell had allowed just one hit and zero runs, which was enough for the Rays to get out to a 1-0 lead in the must-win elimination game.
However, Kevin Cash made a call to bullpen and Dodgers celebrate.
If you were Head Coach, would you have kept Snell in the game longer?
Yogi is smarter than the average bear
Wild Game 4 ends with unforgettable final play as Rays rally to even World Series
Hero of the game was Brett Phillips and he deserves to celebrate!!! During post game interview, I loved what he said about entire team effort and THANK GoD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.
Mike Matheny said, “We will lose a lot of games”. Read more
My Christian faith is the guide for my life and I have never been one for forcing my faith down someone’s throat, but I also believe it to be cowardly, and hypocritical to shy away from what I believe. You as parents need to know for yourselves and for your boys, that when the opportunity presents itself, I will be honest with what I believe. That may make some people uncomfortable, but I did that as a player, and I hope to continue it in any endeavor that I get into. I am just trying to get as many potential issues out in the open from the beginning. I believe that the biggest role of the parent is to be a silent source of encouragement. I think if you ask most boys what they would want their parents to do during the game; they would say “NOTHING”. Once again, this is ALL about the boys. ~ Mike Matheny
What’s particularly interesting is the fact that the Dodgers made not one, but two critical errors to lose the game. A team I was coaching recently made over 10 errors in a single game including my son. He bobbled a ball and made a bad throwing error. If you add strikeouts, walks, and base running errors, there were more than 20.
However, in baseball when you make a bad play or don’t get a hit, they are called “Physical Errors” and that’s part of the game. The team we lost to actually made plenty of errors including errors the previous game. Often the score does not reflect the competitiveness of the game. Many times the losing team can follow-up the next day and beat the pants off a dominating team. Read more
By the middle innings Saturday night of Game 4 of the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers were beginning to take on that look. You know the one: Where a two-run lead starts to feel like a dozen. Where they seemed to be toying with the other team. Where they might be convinced, with some justification, that this was simply their year. Read more
Like I heard years ago from a great coach, “There are so many lessons you can learn about life in the game of baseball“.
How Brett Phillips, the last man on the Rays’ roster, started the most bizarre World Series ending you will ever see
Los Angeles Dodgers were a strike away from having the World Series in an iron grip on Saturday night, one more pitch from Kenley Jansen to put away the last hitter on the roster the Tampa Bay Rays wanted at the plate with the game on the line. But Brett Phillips made contact and what followed was one of the most bizarre endings of any baseball game, postseason or otherwise. Read more
It is a privilege and honor to coach! However, I still struggle with unresolved issues in leadership and authority.
You’ve got a lotta nerve to say you are my friend. When I was down you just stood there grinnin’. You’ve got a lotta nerve to say you got a helping hand to lend. You just want to be on the side that’s winnin’. You say I let you down, ya know its not like that. If you’re so hurt, why then don’t you show it? You say you’ve lost your faith, but that’s not where its at. You have no faith to lose, and ya know it. I know the reason, that you talked behind my back. I used to be among the crowd you’re in with. Do you take me for such a fool, to think I’d make contact. With the one who tries to hide what he don’t know to begin with? You see me on the street, you always act surprised. You say “how are you?”, “good luck”, but ya don’t mean it. Positively 4th Street. ~Bob Dylan
The bible teaches me to be “Quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger” ~ James 1:19. I learned a recent colloquialism, “Tea at Three” – blowing a small problem out of proportion.
Besides spelling (i.e. heavy, not heave) I have many shortcomings. Interestingly enough phonetically they can be pronounced the same but have different meanings. You may have a “heavy burden”. But a heave can be a euphoric sigh of relief.
I was reminded by my assistant coach recently, that impulsive decisions can sometimes backfire like pulling a pitcher too soon when they are getting into trouble.
I learned early on the 3 most important goals: Have fun, try your best and good sportsmanship. I love the game, I have many role models who have taught me how to be a good coach and I’m always learning new things.
I was recently reminded that some of the best Head Coaches make mistakes as well. Now that I umpire, I often make mistakes and get booed by the fans. It’s real easy to blame a single error on a player or even a coach. I was watching the ALCS and noticed the relationship Dusty Baker had with his players. In addition, Davey Johnson who not only had a lot to do with the Washington Nationals winning the World Series, he also coached the Orioles. He had a reputation of not getting along with “the back office, upper management or owner of the team he was managing”. Read more
Besides the news about Nats making History by winning the WS, what I found very interesting was
“first time in history of sporting championships including basketball, hockey, etc. that home team lost every game on their own turf”
What do you think of Dave Martinez? He may not have had the best record this year, but he certainly knows how to win when it counts! What do you think about Davey Johnson? Click here. Here is another article I wrote couple years ago (click here).
I don’t think anyone expected 12 runs off NLCS champion Stros. WOW! Statistically, teams that won 1st two games went on to win series more than 80% of the time. Also, the NATs’ offensive “runs scored” performance is highest record in over 60 years.
2019 Current Schedule:
What should’ve been: Three-fifths of Tigers’ 2012-14 rotation is in the World Series.
Former Tigers Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are in the World Series, which starts Tuesday. It’s 35 years and counting since the Detroit Tigers won the World Series, which now is the longest championship drought in the franchise’s 119-year history. But those ex-Tigers? Well, they’re racking up rings in bulk these days, and the collection will grow in the coming week-and-a-half, regardless of whether the Houston Astros or Washington Nationals are left holding the Commissioner’s Trophy. In fact, three-fifths of the Tigers’ rotation from 2012-14 are in this year’s World Series. There’s Justin Verlander with the Astros, of course. He wasted little time getting his ring after leaving Detroit, helping Houston to its first World Series title in 2017, less than two months after the Tigers dealt him away in a cost-cutting move that was finalized just momemts before the August waiver trade deadline. Then there’s Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez on the other side, helping the Nationals stun the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round, then roll past the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. Scherzer and Sanchez, for all their individual success — Scherzer has three Cy Young awards and two no-hitters in that career that’s looking increasingly Hall-of-Fame worthy, Sanchez has an ERA title and a no-hitter of his own — are looking for their first World Series championship. Scherzer and Sanchez have appeared in one other World Series, with the Tigers in 2012. That was a four-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants. Read moreI’m pulling for Nats since Washington hasn’t won WS since 20’s and Walter Johnson. It should definitely be a great series. NATs have a lot of positive momentum sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. That will give them a lot of confidence offensively and perhaps intimidate the powerful Stros pitching. Incidentally, both teams share the same spring training site (beautiful park) in West Palm Beach. They often play each other during off season.
The Washington Nationals are a Major League Baseball team formed in 1969 as the Montreal Expos. In 2005, the Expos moved to Washington, D.C. and were renamed the Nationals. The franchise has never won a World Series or National League pennant, but has won its division five times. Read moreThe Lerner Family is the majority owner of the franchise, controlling over 90% of the shares. Lerner retired as principal owner in 2018, ceding the role to his son, Mark Lerner. Read more
Minutes after D.J. LeMahieu tied the game in the top of the ninth, Jose Altuve hit a game-winning home run in the bottom half to send the Astros to the World Series and end the Yankees bid. Read more
Wow! Another “Cinderella Story”… Nats over Dodgers. Game #5. NLDS Champs. Score: 7-3 (Grand Slam in the 10th). October baseball. Great weather. And, now it actually COUNTS. As of September 10, 2019 the leaderboard has Yankees, Twins, Astros in AL and Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers in the NL.https://youtu.be/cTibRn5TLMo
October baseball. Great weather. And, now it actually COUNTS. As of September 10, 2019 the leaderboard has Yankees, Twins, Astros in AL and Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers in the NL.
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic. Prior to 1969, the team with the best regular season win-loss record in each league automatically advanced to the World Series; since then each league has conducted a championship series ) preceding the World Series to determine which teams will advance. As of 2018, the World Series has been contested 114 times, with the AL winning 66 and the NL winning 48. In 2018 the Boston Red Sox won the series in five games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read more
In 2018, the Boston Red Sox closed out the series on the road against the Dodgers to win their fourth World Series championship in 15 years. USA TODAYNeeding a win Sunday to finish off the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Red Sox scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead and would never relinquish it en route to a 5-1 victory in Game 5. Postseason hero Steve Pearce clubbed Clayton Kershaw’s sixth pitch of the evening over the left-field wall at Dodger Stadium, and Los Angeles never recovered. He added a solo homer in the eighth inning.After allowing a home run to David Freese on his very first pitch of the night, David Price took over. The 33-year-old lefty cruised through seven-plus innings, mixing four- and two-seam fastballs with his reinvigorated changeup to flummox the Dodgers’ lineup as it faced elimination. Read more
The baseball season ends just as the discussion about this Boston Red Sox club’s place in the sport’s long and layered history begins. It’s not enough to simply state that the Red Sox put the finishing touches on their ninth title — and fourth since 2004 — with a clear and convincing 5-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.Game Date Results Gm 1 Oct. 23 BOS 8, LAD 4 Gm 2 Oct. 24 BOS 4, LAD 2 Gm 3 Oct. 26 LAD 3, BOS 2 (18) Gm 4 Oct. 27 BOS 9, LAD 6 Gm 5 Oct. 28 BOS 5, LAD 1No, a team this talented, a march this methodical deserves a deeper appreciation. The Red Sox began 2018 by blowing an eighth-inning Opening Day lead and sending their fans into a Twitter tizzy. Then the club with a rookie skipper named Alex Cora won 119 times in all — a mark bested only by the 1998 Yankees (125) and the 2001 Mariners (120). The Red Sox needed just one game north of the minimum each to take down the 100-win Yankees in the American League Division Series, the defending World Series champion Astros in the AL Championship Series and the two-time National League champion Dodgers in the Fall Classic. Read more
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium to win their fourth World Series since 2004.Powered by a dominant performance by David Price, who pitched into the seventh inning of Game 5, and clutch hitting from first baseman Steve Pearce, the Red Sox won the series in five games. Chris Sale stuck out Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado to clinch the series.The Red Sox rebounded from losing a marathon 18-inning game on Friday night that bled into Saturday morning, by winning the next two games to capture the Commissioner’s Trophy. Read more
2018 has the LA Dodgers coming back 2nd year in a row. This time facing the ALDS Boston Red Sox.
Markus Lynn “Mookie” Betts (born October 7, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. He stands 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighs 180 pounds (82 kg). He bats and throws right handed.Betts was drafted by the Red Sox in 2011, and made his MLB debut in the 2014 season, sharing time between second base and the outfield. He became the Red Sox starting center fielder in 2014, before moving to right field in 2016.
As a relatively short natural second baseman with a high contact rate and a high level of production when pulling the ball, Betts has been compared to fellow Red Sox player Dustin Pedroia.Betts is also a professional bowler for the Professional Bowlers Association(PBA). He once bowled a perfect 300 score in the PBA World Series of Bowling Read more
Houston Astros defeat LA Dodgers in 2017
Things started going awry for the Dodgers early in Game 7, and they couldn’t find a way to right the ship and win the World Series for the first time in 29 years.
Instead, the Astros took home their first World Series since the franchise started in 1962 by beating LA 5-1 on their own field. Winning it in Houston might have been sweeter, but something makes me think they don’t particularly care where they lift the trophy postgame, just that they lifted it at all.A lot happened in Game 7, which seems right since it was a Game 7 after all. If a Game 7 can’t be a little crazy then what are we doing here?Yu Darvish got pulled after just 1 2⁄3 innings for the second game in a row, and gave up five runs (four earned) while he was at it. Lance McCullers only lasted 2 1⁄3 innings for the Astros. Clayton Kershaw pitched four shutout innings, letting up only two hits and striking out four Houston batters. Brandon Morrow, Chris Devenski, and Francisco Liriano all pitched one out for their respective teams.The Astros won it with Charlie Morton pitching four innings in relief and didn’t use a closer. Morton ended up getting the win instead of the save, and didn’t allow a baserunner for the last three innings of the game. Kenley Jansen, Alex Wood, and Brad Peacock all made appearances as well.And that was just the pitching!George Springer set or tied home run and extra-base hit records. Cody Bellinger set the record for most strikeouts in one series with 17, breaking the one Aaron Judge just set in the ALDS this October. Alex Bregman, who is not allowed to make fielding mistakes at this point, made a mistake. Read more
Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, the 2017 World Series will begin with Game 1 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros. The Dodgers are playing in their first World Series since 1988. The Astros were in the World Series as recently as 2005, though as an NL team. This is their first since moving to the AL.http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/top-5-mlb-playoff-sweeps-since-2000
Every year thousands of players participate in the great game under the Babe Ruth League banner. Many of them dream about someday becoming professional athletes.
It used to be that only young male athletes could dream of reaching such lofty heights through athletic participation. But now because of women’s professional basketball, softball and soccer leagues, young female athletes have been able to share those dreams.
While it’s great to dream and strive for success in all of your endeavors, the reality is that a very, very small percentage of athletes ever get the opportunity to play a sport professionally. In fact, only a handful of the athletes who participate in youth baseball or softball will play at the collegiate level. More, but probably not the majority, will play in high school.
At some point all of us – even the most successful professional athletes – have to venture out into the business world or what some people like to call the “real world.” While it is our primary goal to help the young baseball and softball players improve in those sports, we are very aware that there is more to life than athletics. There are many valuable life lessons that can be communicated through sports participation, and it is our hope that the young athletes will take away something that will help them later on in life. One of those key lessons that we hope to impart is the value of sportsmanship. Read more
Every game we handed out a trophy for the Most Valuable Player. This idea came to me from watching my son’s Head Baseball Coach, Doug Bassett (Facebook). My son left RPBL in 2014 and he and I got involved with the WM Warriors. I was the Assistant Coach on the 8U-B travel team. In 2015, Blake had the most success season to-date winning the MVP in the “35th Annual HCYP Invitational Baseball Tournament in Ellicott City, MD”. This medal was awarded by the opposing Manager. His 8U-A team also went undefeated in the 2015 Essex Express Baseball Father’s Day Summer Classic
August, 2001 my girlfriend Rene and I drove to the Eastern shore with our first born child AKA dog Brendan. The breeder named him Snow because he was so white. So, when we set out to train him and enrolled him in multiple obedience classes. This is where I learned one of the most valuable lessons in life. She said,
“Have you ever wondered how trainers are able to get dolphins to jump out of the water on command and do a flip at SeaWorld? It’s through “positive reinforcement” using fish.”
So, instead of fish we used Cheese Balls and it was AMAZINGLY effective. I managed to train Brendan to Sit, Stay and Come on command beautifully. He was literally like a son to us. We loved him so much he became our “ring bearer” at our wedding @ the Inn at Perry Cabin.
This style of teaching proved to be very important in my teaching career, as well as coaching. I began awarding a Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy at every game. There is NO “I” in TEAM. For example, Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez was named 2015 World Series MVP. Read more He wears jersey #13. Guess who else wears that unlucky number on the Orioles? Gold Glove 3rd baseman – Manny Machado
At Closing Ceremonies this year, we will be presenting the first ever RPBL Coaches Award to one player on each National League Team (9-10 age group) who best represents the values of RPBL. These values include:
The winner on the Blaze goes to Henry Fischel. He always had a smile on his face, hustled, followed direction well, cheered for his teammates and most of all was a great asset to the overall success of our team this year. In fact, he managed to have some key offensive hits when we needed it most and his defensive pitching performance was outstanding.
However, it was not a land slide. We had many players who were very easy to teach and seemed to be enjoying the game. But there were two special players who deserve to be recognized. Amelia Overton & Wyatt Winstead – Honorable Mentions. I believe their best example of “Sportsmanship” was shown when they consistently went out of their way to acknowledge me not only after every game, but after every practice as well. “Thank you Coach” are the 3 magic words any Skipper loves to hear!
One last player who made remarkable improvement was Sawyer Ross. He wins the “Most Improved” award. Here’s a guy who had never played baseball before. Yet, I knew he was a great athlete because he played soccer with my son. He became my “pet project”. I worked with him and tried to teach him how to bat. Sure enough, when the game was on the line, he came through. Read Victory & Defeat
Don’t be a Sore Loser
Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one’s competitors. A “sore loser” refers to one who does not take defeat well, whereas a “good sport” means being a “good winner” as well as being a “good loser”. (Someone who shows courtesy towards another in a sports game).
RPBL requires that we play every player in the outfield. So, we will continue to make adjustments this season experimenting with players at pitcher, 1B and SS. I will continue to keep the batting lineup in descending order alphabetically. This gives everyone equal plate appearances.
In general, sportsmanship refers to virtues such as fairness, self-control, courage, and persistence, and has been associated with interpersonal concepts of treating others and being treated fairly, maintaining self-control if dealing with others, and respect for both authority and opponents. The four elements of sportsmanship are often shown being good form, the will to win, equity and fairness.
The important thing to remember is that we win and lose as a TEAM. “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” –Babe Ruth
Since every sport is rule driven, the most common offence of bad sportsmanship is the act of cheating or breaking the rules to gain an unfair advantage. A competitor who exhibits poor sportsmanship after losing a game or contest is often called a “sore loser” (those who show poor sportsmanship after winning are typically called “bad champs”). Sore loser behavior includes blaming others for the loss, not accepting responsibility for personal actions that contributed to the defeat, reacting to the loss in an immature or improper fashion, making excuses for the defeat, and citing unfavorable conditions or other petty issues as reasons for the defeat. A bad winner acts in a shallow fashion after his or her victory, such as by gloating about his or her win, rubbing the win in the face(s) of the opponent(s), and lowering the opponent(s)’s self-esteem by constantly reminding the opponent(s) of “poor” performance in comparison (even if the opponent(s) competed well). Read more
I just discovered my friend Tim stepped down as President of National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (COOPERSTOWN, NY)
I came up here in 2018 on account of Blake, my 11 year old son was playing in the Cooperstown Dreams Park (www.cooperstowndreamspark.com) tournament. That was the first time either of us had ever been here before.
President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has announced that he will be resigning, effective May 15, 2021.
“I have been extremely blessed as a life-long fan of the game to spend four decades serving the organization I grew up admiring, and then have the distinct honor and privilege of assuming the role of President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” Mead said. “The driving force behind my career in baseball has always been love of the game.
“I made the recent leap with every intention of following in the footsteps of my predecessors, in continuing their efforts in maintaining the Hall of Fame as a critical component of the game,” Mead continued. “Try as I might, even with the unwavering support of my family, these last 22 months have been challenging in maintaining my responsibilities to them.
“I want to thank Jane Forbes Clark and the amazing staff in Cooperstown for their dedication and commitment to Preserving History, Honoring Excellence and Connecting Generations. I am confident the fruits of their labor will continue to impact current and future generations in telling the important stories of the wonderful game of baseball.”
“It is with regret that the Executive Committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors accepted Tim Mead’s resignation,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “As a respected member of the baseball community, Tim has served the game of baseball for decades. His genuine appreciation for the game’s history and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be greatly missed by us.”
Mead, 62, was named President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on April 30, 2019 following a 40-year career working for the Los Angeles Angels organization, including the previous 22 years as the team’s Vice President of Communications.
A native of Athens, Greece, and a 1980 graduate of Cal Poly in Pomona, Calif., Mead began his career in baseball as an intern in the Angels’ Public Relations department in 1980, and his stint with the Angels included four years as Assistant General Manager from 1994-97.
Mead became the seventh president in the 82-year history of the organization. Past presidents include: Stephen C. Clark, Sr., founder of the Hall of Fame and grandfather of current Chairman, Jane Forbes Clark; Paul Kerr; Edward W. Stack; Donald C. Marr Jr.; Dale A. Petroskey; and Jeff Idelson.
JANE FORBES CLARK
Jane Forbes Clark is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. A member of the Board since 1992 and Chairman since 2000, she provides substantial museum expertise, philanthropic insight and management skill in this leadership position.
Cal Ripken Jr.
Cal Ripken Jr., elected as a director in 2019, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 following a distinguished 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s Major League record for consecutive games played (2,130), and then went another three seasons before voluntarily ending the streak after playing his 2,632nd consecutive game on Sept. 20 1998. In his post-playing career, Ripken is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves at the grassroots level. He owns Ripken Baseball and, along with his family, founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Ripken Baseball currently operates youth baseball complexes, while the foundation operates nationally and serves over one million youth each year through programs and the construction of multi-purpose youth fields that provide kids with safe places to play. Ripken is also a Sports Diplomacy Envoy for the U.S. State Department.
A director since 1995 and a member of the Pension Committee, Brooks Robinson played 23 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, setting a number of major league records that still stand today. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Widely respected inside and outside of Baseball, Robinson serves as president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni.
Jackson Merrill (from Severna Park HS) suited up for the Arizona Complex League (ACL) Padres, a rookie-level affiliate of the San Diego Padres, in July and August at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona.
Merrill got his professional career off to a hot start, batting .355 with 11 hits and five RBIs in his first 31 at-bats
Today was a very pleasant day for me. Varsity baseball game – Gilman Greyhounds @ Calvert Hall Cardinals. This stadium is arguably one of the nicest high school facilities within a 60 mile radius.
On my way out to my son’s baseball practice (Citius MD) I stopped off @ Overlea HS to check up on some improvements since the pandemic (e.g. new batting cages). As I got out of the car I was interrupted by a phone call from the President of Cooperstown HOF, Tim Mead.
Ironically, I only noticed the first name and I thought it was Tim Trembley (another great baseball hound working with Orioles in Sarasota). After a short “mistaken identity” serendipitous moment, we discussed some of the exciting young O’s talent who recently debuted @ Camden Yards.
What makes this story really interesting is the fact that Mr. Mead thought I was Brooks Robinson after a phone call shortly after we met when I was an umpire at Dream Park and All-Star Village.
You can watch the live streamed feed (Click here). When I found out the game was being televised, there were immediately quite a few reasons for wanting to watch 1 hour, 47 minute dual between two of the top MIAA teams.
2021 Major League Baseball draft
Sunday, July 11 and ends on Tuesday, July 13
As of April 29, 2021 he is ranked 94th on the Major League prospects this year (Read more ).
Heubeck has been committed to attend Wake Forest University since his sophomore year. He also ranked very high on National and Maryland State Rankings for both Perfect Game and PBR
Peter Heubeck is Gilman’s top weapon and was by far the primary reason and I studied his delivery.
This RHP is very smooth, gets into a nice timing motion with short back step, text book leg kick and had commanding control most of the game. He got into some big trouble early with a HBP followed by a BB which and an 1-3 ground ball error. It turns out this was the ONLY inning both teams manufactured runs resulting in a 2-1 victory for Coach Lou Eckerl.
You couldn’t tell from the press box, but apparently there were dozens of scouts and coaches in the stands with speed guns measuring Heubeck’s analytics (Read more ). I also really enjoyed watching the Gilman shortstop. Very fine player with sound mechanics and some razzle dazzle. He made two terrific plays in the 5th and 6th innings that very HS players would have made it look so easy.
Another reason why game was so significant is because Heubeck’s father was my classmate at John Carroll HS. Rob and I grew up together in Bel Air, MD and were teammates in baseball, we also played years of soccer together. I specifically remember Rob having two younger brothers and all three of them were GREAT athletes. Moreover, Rob has been extremely successful accepting the role as Dean of Students a few years ago @ Gilman.
Then there is Larry Sheets. I never knew this until years later that he was drafted higher than Cal Ripken, Jr. When Larry played left field for the Orioles I remember how the entire stadium would get behind him, rooting him on, “L-A-R-R-Y, L-A-R-R-Y”. Followed by Home Run. Great power hitter. Best of all when I approached him back in 2017 and asked if would be interested in helping my son’s baseball league he didn’t hesitate saying, “Yes”. Great guy and funny sense of humor! Read more
2021 VSN BASEBALL PLAYERS & COACH OF THE YEAR
SEVERNA PARK’S JACKSON MERRILL IS VSN’S BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR, WHILE GILMAN’S LARRY SHEETS AND PETER HEUBECK ARE HONORED AS VSN COACH OF THE YEAR AND VSN PITCHER OF THE YEAR, RESPECTIVELY A former major leaguer, who spent six of his eight MLB years with the Baltimore Orioles, and two rising stars who very well may hear their names called in next week’s MLB First Year Free Agent Draft, have taken VSN’s top honors for the 2021 high school baseball season.
Gilman School’s Larry Sheets is the VSN Baseball Coach of the Year, while his ace Peter Heubeck is the VSN Pitcher of the Year. The two helped lead the Greyhounds to their first MIAA A Conference championship since 2010. In addition, Severna Park’s Jackson Merrill, one of the top home run hitters in state history, is the VSN Player of the Year.
Here are their stories:
2021 VSN BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JACKSON MERRILL – SEVERNA PARK HS
In baseball it’s a very simple game if you are looking to get noticed by the guys with the radar guns, stop watches and notebooks. Just take your bat to the plate and launch a bunch of home runs and once in awhile go in the hole and make a big league play with your glove and arm when those guys are hanging around.
That’s exactly Severna Park’s Jackson Merrill did in 2021, earning him the coveted title of 2021 VSN Baseball Player of the Year.
Merrill ignored those who said he played in a band box as he tied the school and county record by Keith Brunst in 1998 with a dozen long balls, missing the state public school record by just one, as a heard of pro scouts watched his every move.
The truth is that most of Jackson’s home runs were bombs that would have left any park and just to prove he could smack them anywhere, he drove onto the flag court at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the 39th Brooks Robinson High School All Star Game.
“It was very exciting seeing the scouts there everyday, but when it was time to play, I just put them out of my mind and concentrated on the game and my teammates, ” said Merrill.
Most didn’t think there would be state playoffs, but when they announced they would take place, it extended the high school season into the third week of June. Usually the state prep season is over in late May.
As a result, Merrill and the Falcons made a third run to the Class 4A State Final since 2015 and the 6-3, 195-pound, slick fielding shortstop with the exploding bat took advantage of the extra time for prospect hunting. Merrill is believed to be the first state public school player to whack at least one homer in four consecutive playoff games.
On the season, Merrill batted .500 (23-for-46) with the 12 home runs, scored 32 runs and knocked in 37 while flawlessly and sometimes spectacularly playing shortstop. Through hard work with friend and strength trainer Juan Palacios, his baseball IQ, dedication to the game, and his Falcons’ coach Eric Milton, Merrill has turned himself into a top notch pro prospect.
“It’s been great playing for coach Milton,” said Merrill of the former University of Maryland and Major league pitcher who of course knows the game well. “He has helped me an awful lot in the process.
“Juan played semi-pro baseball and has helped me with my fielding, hitting and training. We have a routine we go through practically everyday, hitting and fielding. The work ethic is vital to success.”
Merrill is projected to be selected in the second or third round of the MLB first year free agent draft that begins Sunday with the first two rounds and continues through Monday and Tuesday.
His potential raw power with his bit of an uppercut from the left-side is a plus that the scouts like. He uses the whole field and spreads his homers around but he needs to work on turning on the ball. Right now he has an inside-out swing that can be changed to his benefit.
Defensively he is expected to get a good shot at playing shortstop at the next level with his superb actions, foot speed, good hands and arm strength, but he could be moved to third or second base.
“I would like to play short, but I will play wherever they want me to play,” said Merrill. “I just want the chance.”
Merrill, who has a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky, has said it’s his “goal to play professional baseball,” and he is hoping for the right opportunity. The late first baseman Jim Spencer was the highest drafted public school player from this area out of nee Andover High in 1965, in the first round of the inaugural draft by the California Angels, the 11th player chosen overall.
Including private schools, the highest area players ever chosen were Mount St. Joseph grads and Chartwell neighbors, pitcher Gavin Floyd and corner player Mark Teixeira as first rounders in 2001. Floyd was the fourth player overall selected right out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies while Teixeira was the fifth, tabbed in the first round by the Texas Rangers out of Georgia Tech.
As the top-seed in the 4A playoffs, the Falcons played all of their games at Severna Park, with four straight wins before playing for the State Championship at a neutral site.
The Falcons were 17-1 overall after winning the Anne Arundel County Championship and posting a 13-0 regular season record, the first undefeated baseball team in school history. Their JV team was 12-0 under coach Dave Ferris. That was also a first for both teams together.
Merrill hit his 12 dongs in just 15 games due to an ankle injury that sidelined him for two games and his big fly playoff streak ended in the state final in a 5-4 loss to Sherwood of Montgomery County in 8 innings. Merrill occasionally pitched in relief and pitched the last three innings of the state championship game suffering the loss by giving up the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
The game was played at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, home of the professional independent Maryland Blue Crabs.
“Jackson has come a long way since his sophomore season in 2019,” said coach Milton. “He has been dedicated to getting better and has a lot of great tools that should lead him to success whether he signs or goes to Kentucky.”
“Yes, I think he can be a good pro. His teammates are pulling for him.”
During his streak, Merrill first homered in a 4-0 victory over Broadneck with nearly 60 scouts and Kentucky coach Nick Mingione looking on and three days later in a 6-0 win over Leonardtown in the Class 4A East Region II final, he belted a three-run shot. Baltimore Orioles GM Mike Elias was in attendance with another crowd of scouts (approximately 30) and went right to his I-phone after the ball got out traveling nearly 400 feet to centerfield.
Then, in an 8-3 triumph over a good Howard team that had become a Falcon nemesis in recent years, Merrill ripped his 10th homer, a solo shot to center in the 4A state quarterfinals. Home runs No. 11 and 12 came in a 20-0 demolition of Laurel in the state semis.
No. 11 was a grand slam that had the Severna Park fans and parents crazy as it capped and 8-run first inning on the way to a 5-inning have mercy on the opponent rule.
2021 VSN BASEBALL – PITCHER OF THE YEAR
PETER HEUBECK – GILMAN SCHOOL
He first tried out at Gilman School for the baseball team as a catcher and ended up as the best pitcher in the Baltimore area and beyond. Peter Heubeck is the 2021 VSN Pitcher of the Year for 2021 after leading the Greyhounds to the MIAA A Conference Championship.
Heubeck was the Greyhounds’ ace going 8-2 overall with an ERA of 1.20, 101 strikeouts in 64.2 innings pitched while walking only 20 (one intentional) and opponents hitting a measly .115 against him as Gilman won its first MIAA A Conference Championship since 2010, with a 6-2 over No. 1 seed Archbishop Spalding in the finals.
No. 2 seed Gilman went 4-0 in the MIAA post season double-elimination Tournament with Heubeck winning two of the games, including his final start which proved to be the “best game” of his career in his words and those of his coach Larry Sheets. He concluded his career by pitching the final inning of the championship game.
Heubeck fired a three-hitter, the last two hits given up in the seventh inning, struck out a career high 15 and retired 16 in a row at one point in posting a dominant 3-2 victory over John Carroll to send the Hounds to the finals where they had to be beaten twice.
“It was my best game in all of my high school career,” said Heubeck, who came a long way from his freshman year in 2018 when he pitched and lost his first game, 5-1, at Georgetown Prep in 30-degree weather with light snow falling.
“I had all three (fast ball, curve and change) of my pitches working that day. I was well prepared for the game and knowing that it was likely to be the last start of my high school career and it was home at Gilman. It was a really special day.”
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hander has impressed pro scouts since 2018 and the interest in him soared at times this season. Heubeck has commited to Wake Forest, but is expected to be a high selection in the upcoming MLB first year Free Agent Draft. The draft starts with the first two rounds on Sunday (July 11) and finishes on Monday and Tuesday.
Heubeck, who was also named a preseason first team player by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches twice and was later named the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year (2021), will likely have a big decision to make.
Playing in National Tournaments with the Louisiana Knights in summer baseball during his high school years also helped Heubeck get a lot of exposure and helped him mature as a pitcher. Most of the play was in Georgia and it really helped to fill the void from no high school ball last year.
Gilman had lost the A Conference finale in 2018 and 2019 to powerhouses Archbishop Curley and Calvert Hall. respectively, before COVID-19 wiped out the 2020 season after only two games. Returning this spring, the Hounds’ 11 seniors obviously had an added incentive and the player to lead the mission.
“Undoubtedly Peter is the best and most polished pitcher we’ve had here since I became head coach and he was absolutely our leader, leading by example and the kind of person people like to be around,” said coach Sheets, who took the reins of the Gilman program in 2010 and as mentioned won the A Conference title in his first season.
“His demeanor and don’t care attitude are part of his excellent work ethic and makeup. His fast-ball is consistently in the 90 to 93 range, occasionally 94 and he hit 97 one time. His off-speed stuff is excellent. He has a great changeup and curve ball.”
Coach Sheets’ remark about Heubeck’s “don’t care attitude” is his not letting anything bother him when he is out on the bump. His poise is exceptional. It’s always on to the next pitch or play for Heubeck, putting any negativity behind him.
Heubeck was the leader of a veteran team with a keen blend of hungry underclassmen. When Heubeck was not out on the bump, Sheets continued his successful pitch-by-committee strategy that rung up the team’s other nine wins.
Sheets recalled Heubeck trying out as a freshman catcher in 2018. The coach liked his arm and lean frame that projected upper body strength.
“I was skinny for a catcher and coach Sheets suggested I try pitching after being a catcher all my life,” said Heubeck. “I really got into it and remember my first win (2018) by 6-3 at Loyola. I give Coach Sheets a lot of the credit for what happened after that.
“It was awesome when we found out that we were going to play this season after missing out in 2020. We had a great group of guys last year and we were all so disappointed. I really felt for our seniors last year. But this year our seniors believed in each other and thought we could get back to the finals a third time and win. The younger kids fell in line and believed we had something special.””
With the coveted championship in hand, Heubeck should have a special choice coming up after the MLB Draft – Wake Forest or professional baseball.
“I have talked to Peter and his parents (Robert and Elizabeth) and told them there are consequences, but neither decision (college or pro) is bad,” Sheets advised.
2021 VSN BASEBALL – COACH OF THE YEAR
LARRY SHEETS – GILMAN SCHOOL
Gilman School coach Larry Sheets, the former Baltimore Oriole, says his Greyhounds won the MIAA A Conference Championship this season playing their best down the stretch, going 4-0 in the post-season double-elimination tournament because of the “3-headed Monster.”
You say whattttt?
The 3-headed Monster is the Gilman coaching staff of head coach Sheets, pitching coach Russell Wrenn and hitting/infield coach Mark Lemon. Sheets was pleased to be named the 2021 VSN Coach of the Year, but was quick to credit his two assistants for the Greyhounds’ success. The ex-8-year major leaguer from Staunton, Va said the way the coaching trio works together is exceptional and the unity rubs off on the players.
That’s not to say that Sheets is claiming it was the staff that won the coveted title of the conference that many consider the best high school league in Maryland. He is not giving all the credit to the coaches, rather he credits the players mainly. He has been around the game long enough to know that good players make good coaches who have to organize, unite and keep the discipline.
Players know when they are or not being coached well and the right way.
“I think we have the best coaching staff in high school baseball,” said ace right-hander, Peter Heubeck, the 2021 VSN Pitcher of the Year, who was 8-2 for a team that was 17-8 overall. “Coach Sheets knows the game better than anyone. He’s got a way with him to make everybody want to play really hard.
“It’s not easy to do that. The way they (the 3 coaches) work well together creates discipline in baseball and shows the team how working together can enable a team to work together toward a common goal.”
“I learned a lot along the way playing for Earl (Weaver) with the Orioles and later with Sparky (Anderson) when he managed the Tigers (Detroit),” stated Sheets.
Those are two of the greatest managers and baseball minds to ever run a baseball team.
After losing in the A Conference finals to Archbishop Curley in 2018 and Calvert Hall in 2019 and not playing in 2020 due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Greyhounds were excited, to say the least, coming into 2021. Some 11 returning seniors focused on having one more shot at the big trophy and the younger players rallied around the older guys to make it happen.
“What had happened previously carried over to this year and they desperately wanted to go out on top,” said Coach Sheets. “We stayed with our strengths, the bunt, hit-and-run and the other basics. We played together as a team.
“Our program is not for everybody. Too many young kids want to just hit home runs. Baseball is more than that. I tell the kids that what you do in the summertime is different than what you do here. The name (Gilman) on the front of your uniform is who you are.”
Sheets felt that after their 8th loss, by 15-4 at Caravel Academy of Delaware, they had reached the crossroads of their season at 11-8 overall. The coaches knew it, the players knew it and together they made up their minds, they had to win all their games the rest of the way. And they did.
“We didn’t want to just get there (to the final a third straight time) again,” said Heubeck. “We wanted to get there and win this time. We talked a little bit about it and knew we had to bear down.”
Defeating Loyola, 8-4 and Curley, 6-0, the Hounds finished the regular season with an important pair of victories going into the post season tournament. No doubt, they were ready for the big challenge, knocking off Loyola, 8-2, followed by a 3-0 win over Mount St. Joseph. The stage was set for a really big game – the one that would put them back in the finals again.
John Carroll, a Patriots team that had been playing well in the tourney, was the opponent. Faced with a big decision – go with the ace in Heubeck, knowing that the latter would not likely pitch the final if they won or hold the big shooter.
Sheets made the right decision and handed the ball to Heubeck, who more than rose to the occasion by firing a three-hitter with a career high 15 strikeouts to nip John Carroll, 3-2. Heubeck called the win “really special,” because his final high school start came at Gilman and in his words “was the best game of his career.”
Heubeck was presented with one last thrill to his four-year varsity career when coach Sheets sent him out to pitch the last inning of the championship game, the 6-2 triumph over Archbishop Spalding.
Sheets said “the last six games of the season were huge,” to the final result.
The “3-headed Monster” was pretty happy.
Coach Sheets had his second MIAA A Conference title, the other in 2010, his first season at Gilman when his son Gavin Sheets played along with Ryan Ripken, Cal, Jr.’s son. Putting the icing on his baseball this 2021 year, Gavin Sheets was recently called up to the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox as a first baseman/outfielder and Ripken is playing in the Orioles’ system.
Pitching coach Wrenn is a former Greyhound and University of Delaware player who was a practicing attorney in Atlanta before coming back home to Gilman. His dad is Patterson High school baseball/football legend, Roger Wrenn, so coaching is obviously in his blood.
Heubeck said that the pitchers “really respect coach Wrenn.”
Lemon is a former UMBC Retriever player and has been working with Sheets and Wrenn for nearly five years and, like the other two, performs his role as hitting and infield coach very well.
They’ve got quite a trio at Gilman School and now it’s a Championship threesome.
Severna Park’s Jackson Merrill drafted in the first round by the San Diego Padres July 12, 2021 In “Feature”
Calvert Hall’s Jose Torres and Gilman’s Peter Heubeck get 3rd round calls July 12, 2021 In “Calvert Hall”
Kings of the baseball jungle March 21, 2019 In “Anne Arundel Baseball News”
2021 VSN BASEBALL PLAYERS & COACH OF THE YEAR Posted by Pat O’Malley | Jul 9, 2021 | Feature, Gilman, Gilman Baseball, Gilman Feature, Severna Park Baseball, Severna Park Feature, Severna Park HS, VSN Baseball, VSN Baseball Feature
June 6, 1978: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2nd round of the 1978 amateur draft (29th). Baltimore Orioles drafted Ripken in the second round of the 1978 Major League Baseball draft 48th overall.
With the Major League Baseball Draft upon us, I thought I would create a sort of Major League Draft cheat sheet, so those who follow can learn the history of the draft, how it’s currently set up and perhaps offer answers to the most asked question, “what do scouts look for?”
The Major League Baseball Draft
The year 1965 marked the beginning of the MLB First-Year Player Draft and for many years since, amateur players and their parents have waited in anticipation of the big day (or in recent years, the big three days). Under the current collective bargaining agreement, the draft lasts 40 rounds, plus compensatory picks.
Who Evaluates The Players?
Each Major League organization is equipped with multiple full-time scouts which include area scouts (and their part-time helpers called “bird dogs”), national cross-checkers and scouting directors. They all work together in collecting names, going out and evaluating players in games and showcases, writing reports on those players and begin to compile information on a white board they will use in the Draft Room come draft day.
Professional scouts are everywhere. Their mission is the find the next “great one,” and they go to great lengths to unearth the next MLB superstar. But for every “can’t miss stars” like Dave Winfield, Ken Griffey, Jr, Tony Gwynn and Mike Trout, there are many others who have been drafted and reach the Major Leagues without much fanfare. It’s this kind of hard work behind the scenes each and every year, that goes relatively unnoticed by the casual fan, but undoubtedly shapes the future of Major League Baseball.
What Are the 5 Tools That Scouts Evaluate?
Speed – how you run and how much range you have. Arm strength – self-explanatory! Fielding – what’s your fielding ability and your actions. How good is your footwork? Hit – can you hit for average? Your overall hitting ability. Hit for Power – hardest thing for scouts to find in baseball. It’s a coveted skill set valued by all 30 teams. Here is the kicker. In today’s game the most asked question is, “Is there a 5-tool player?” In my opinion the answer is NO. There are a few that comes close, possessing 3-4 tools. But to be exceptional across the board and possess all 5 tools, has hardly ever been seen. There are 2 players in my lifetime that might have displayed all 5 tools – Bo Jackson and Josh Hamilton. And it’s fascinating that neither of them will ever be in the Hall of Fame – for different reasons.
Overall, scouts are looking for athletes. They want to evaluate a player who understands how to play the game (which is rare in today’s day game because of showcase baseball and private cage lessons). They can tell the player who has specialized in baseball with private lessons since age 6. They want guys who have experience playing other sports, being coached by different coaches, and have played in different arenas with different competitive experiences.
If you want to learn how your tools can get you drafted, Chicago Cubs National Crosschecker Tim Adkins, laid this out beautifully for us on KWB Radio. You can listen to his episode here.
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What’s the 20-80 Grading Scale Scouts Use To Evaluate?
Scouts use a grading scale using the numbers 20-80 (or 2-8 for some organizations) to evaluate players. 20 is the lowest grade that a player can get, with 80 being the highest. Most prospects will hover around the 50 mark, which indicates the average grade of tools possessed by a current MLB player.
So how do they come up an overall number for a player? They simply grade all tools out on the 20-80 scale, rate them, then divide them out based on the number (5), thus giving you the overall number. Once you get the number, it gives you the parameters of where that player is projected.
What scouts are also trying to project is how can the player meet his upside down the road? Does that tool the scout is putting on him project out a few years from now and develop to play in the big leagues? Physical limitations are different for each player. Everyone’s ceilings are different. Scouts will ask themselves – when a player reaches his ceiling how can he be consistent? Does he have what it takes to be consistent?
This brings up the question, does average play in the big leagues? If you ask the scouts it’s a resounding YES. Most of the prospects they are evaluating for the draft have present-average tools. We sat down with New York Mets area scout Jim Thompson for Episode 18 on KWB Radio, to talk about how average plays and what he looks for when evaluating a player. You can listen to our conversation here.
Are you wondering if selling average to a scouting director is hard?
It’s actually not hard at all.
In fact, after the first couple of rounds, the argument in the “war room” is who do you think has the best chance to get to the big leagues and perform at that level being consistently average?
What’s the Best Venue To Evaluate a Player?
If you ask the scouts, they want to see a player compete in a meaningful game. In 2013 when I was the hitting coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, we played in the IBAF World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan and most, if not all, of the MLB teams were represented by at least one scout, scouting director or front office member. Why? Because for all of the USA players, except one returning member, this was the first time they would play in a meaningful game. The scouts wanted to see if the skills they saw all summer at the showcase events would transfer into high stakes, highly intensive and meaningful games when the players were playing for a Gold Medal.
I understand not everyone is going to have the opportunity to play for USA Baseball, so whenever a scout can see a player play in a high school, college, summer ball or American Legion game, scouts will take the opportunity to evaluate a player in a game setting, no matter where it is.
What Scouts Look For In Position Players
OUTFIELD – If you’re a corner OF, you don’t need to be plus defender, but you also don’t want to be known as below average. With that being said, your bat will have to play better than average. You need to hit. And as one scout puts it, “corner outfielder’s need to display power, power, power.” In CF, they are looking for plus defense and range and they want to see you hit, and if you have any power.
CORNER INFIELD – Scouts are looking for a power/hit combo at the corners. At 3B you need to be able to play above average defense, as well as showcase the power/hit tool. At 1B, you need to be adequate on defense, but most importantly show that you’re an offensive player first and foremost.
MIDDLE INFIELD – At shortstop, scouts are looking for defense (range, footwork, arm strength), see if you can hit, hit for power. At second base, they are looking to see your hit tool, do you have any power, and how does your defense play.
CATCHER – You need the ability to call the game yourself, handle the pitching staff and control running game. Your bat doesn’t need to be as important when evaluating.
What Does a Scout Look For In a Hitter?
The swing has to be simple. Not a lot of extra stuff in swing. Some scouts will differ on what’s more important – bat speed over strength, but they all look for whether a hitter has control of his barrel. They want to see looseness in swing. Being calm in the box = confidence in their eyes. They want to see how it comes off the bat.
Consistency is huge – strikeout to BB ratio is huge – can you square up a ball and do you know the strike zone and have an approach?
Can you produce extra base hits (doubles and RBI’s pay bills at the MLB level)?
Power comes at a premium – it’s the standout tool for hitters.
There are some things that scare scouts when evaluating hitters. A big one is swing and miss. Another is, if you’re fouling balls off all the time, what makes a scout think you’re going to be better than that in pro ball?
What Does a Scout Look For In a Pitcher?
What does his arm action and delivery look like? Can he repeat his mechanics? What kind of athlete is he? They will dig into the background of a pitcher to find things like: does he have a personal pitching coach; does he throw all year long; what makes him tick on the mound? What kind of bullpen routine does he have? Is he a “stuff” guys who pound the strike zone?
They are also evaluating whether a pitching prospect will be a starter or have to go to the bullpen in professional baseball, by observing the ease of how the mechanics work because that will help you stay in starting rotation at the next level. The pitchers who have good feel of a changeup stand out because that helps them move through a minor league system quicker.
A pitcher does not necessarily have to have a swing and miss pitch, to be drafted. If he has average pitches, command is superior in order for the average stuff to play.
And last but not least, what kind of competitor is he?
What Happens During an In-Home Visit?
The purpose of an in-home visit is for the scouts to get to know the player and his family better. They answer any questions that the family has about the process, about the team or anything else that comes up in conversation. If you don’t get an in-home visit from a scout, it doesn’t mean you will not have a chance to get drafted; it just means you probably will have to wait a few rounds (or days) until you get your name called. These visits are typically reserved for the prospects projected to go in the top few rounds.
Will A Player Be Seen If He’s Not On A Popular Travel Team?
YES. With technology today, if you’re a prospect and you’re good enough, scouts will find you.
How Do I Get My Name Submitted For the Draft?
In order to be eligible to be drafted, your name has to be submitted to the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau by a scout from an MLB organization. Once your name has been submitted, you will be assigned an identification number. You are not eligible to be drafted unless you are in the system and have been issued an ID number by Major League Baseball.
Bottom line, scouts are looking for a player who likes to work. He needs to know the game, not just be a showcase player. There is baseball IQ that is lacking among young players today, and it definitely shows up when the games start.
Scouts will tell you that tools get you drafted, but becoming a baseball player will get you to the big leagues.
If you’re a prospect, don’t forget the most important, but hardest part of all of this – enjoy the process!
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Rating The Physical Tools Of A Potential Major League Player
Major League Baseball’s scout rating system explained
Here’s one of the best explanations of the professional baseball’s scout rating systems that I have found. Some organizations use the 20/80 scale others use 2 to 8. They are the same thing.
A 2 or 20 is the low end of the scale and 8 or 80 is the high end.
Scouts typically use two numbers when grading, such as 4/6 or 3/5. The first number is the player’s current rating on the 2 to 8 scale the second is his “projected” future professional baseball rating. Of course those numbers are based on the individual scout’s opinion.
When only one number is given, such as a 7, it is usually (almost always) that scout’s projection opinion of that player’s professional baseball potential.
This is a tool that is often overlooked by ball players today and one of the most lacking tools at the major league level. With 10 teams playing on artificial surfaces, making fielders play their position deeper, a strong arm is even more necessary today than in the past. The player with a strong arm will have less teams take a chance by running against him thus preventing runs from scoring. Thus a team with a weak throwing outfield or catcher will have more opportunities taken against them leading to more throwing errors and more runs given up.
When scouts are evaluating a players arm strength it is usually during pre-game infield-outfield practice. A scout will get to see several throws by the outfielders to second, third, and home plate. If a player has a good arm, chances are he will show it here, particularly on throws to home plate. Scouts are looking for four things from outfielders: a strong overhand throw, a straight-line trajectory, good carry, and good life on the turf when the ball finally hits the ground.
A strong arm is also necessary for infielders particularly the shortstop and third baseman. Scouts will pay the most attention to throws made from the outfield grass from deep short. If a player has a strong arm, it will show here. Look for a straight-line trajectory, strong hissing noise, and a sharp smack in the first baseman glove.
Foot speed is the only common denominator of offense and defense. This is one tool that does not go into slumps. A fast runner is of greater priority for clubs that play on artificial turf because they are playing in a bigger park and the ball travels faster than on grass. A fast outfielder may be able to catch up to two more balls a game thus saving his ball club an average of one run a game. The same player can steal bases thus putting ore pressure on the defense and making the pitchers throw more fastballs.
A players running speed is usually timed in two ways; 60 yard dash and from home to first. The average major league time is 6.9 for the 60 yard dash, from home to first 4.3 seconds for right handed hitters and 4.2 seconds for left handed hitters. The clock start on times from home to first on the crack of the bat to when the foot hits first base. A fast runner at the major league level can run home to first in 4.0 seconds or below. The ability to run, will force fielders to rush their throws and make more throwing errors. A team without speed will often have to hold their runners at third base thus scoring less runs.
Home To First (Right Side): 8: 4.0 seconds 7: 4.1 seconds 6: 4.2 seconds 5: 4.3 seconds 4: 4.4 seconds 3: 4.5 seconds 2: 4.6 seconds
Home To First (Left Side): 8: 3.9 seconds 7: 4.0 seconds 6: 4.1 seconds 5: 4.2 seconds 4: 4.3 seconds 3: 4.4 seconds 2: 4.5 seconds
This is the one tool that has the greatest chance of improvement. While you can not develop great foot speed or a great arm, fielding has the greatest chances of improvement with contest practice. When judging fielding scouts are looking for a number of traits:
(Quick Feet) the ability to move quickly laterally and forward and back. (Range) how much ground does he cover? (Soft Hands) the ability to catch the ball smoothly in the center the glove. (Quick Hands) the ability to field bad hops. Hitting Ability
This is the most difficult tool to scout because you are judging a hitter on how they will hit do at the major league level, by watching them hit against amateur pitching. There are a lot of amateur hitters that will look great against amateur pitching and then fall flat on their face once they enter professional baseball. A hitter should have these lists of skills:
(Bat Speed) the ability to swing the bat quickly
The ability to consistently hit the ball hard. Knowledge of the strike zone The ability to turn on a major league fastball. The ability to hit breaking pitches. The ability to hit to all fields. The ability to make adjustments at the plate when fooled. Hitting With Power
Hitting the ball for power is one of the more desirable traits for any hitter, unfortunately it is often the most poorly projected tool at the major league level. In order to hit for power, a hitter needs outstanding batspeed. Batspeed is what makes the ball travel and all outstanding hitters have it. A hitter with major league power will regularly hit the ball over the fence in batting practice and should be able to drive the ball over 400 feet.
A lot of care should be taken when judging amateur hitters swinging aluminum bats. The aluminum bat has a greater hitting surface, and because they are lighter they can be swung with much greater bat speed, driving the ball 18% farther than with wooden bats. A 400 foot drive with a wood bat will travel 470 feet with aluminum. So many hitters are home run hitters swinging aluminum become warning track hitters with a wood bat. It is very important for hitters to get used to a wooden bat before signing into professional baseball. Most hitters find they have a tough time getting used to not driving the ball they way they used to in college or high school baseball.
What Scouts Look For – In Pitchers
When scouting a pitcher the first quality a scout will look for is a strong arm. This is a God-given talent that can only be improved to a certain degree. One game under a radar gun will tell if the pitcher has the arm strength to be a major league prospect.
There are two basic models of radar guns used to clock the speed of fastballs. The Jugs Speed Gun (Fast Gun) will pick up the speed of the fastball after it has traveled 3.5 feet and the Ra-Gun (Slow Gun) will pick up the speed after the ball has traveled 40-50 feet. A fastball will lose 8 mph from the time it leaves the pitchers hand to the time it crosses home plate. The JUGS speed Gun is usually 3-4mph faster than the Ra-Gun.
The average major league fastball is 88-89 mph on a JUGS Speed Gun and 84-85 mph on the Ra-Gun. Scouts will rarely if ever sign a pitcher who does not throw at least 85 mph on the JUGS Speed Gun.
CHECKLIST FOR GRADING PITCHERS
Fastball- The first thing a scout looks for is a fastball with good velocity and movement. A fastball should sink, rise, slide or tail. A major league fastball is in the high 80’s. Curveball- When grading a curveball, scouts look for a fast tight rotation on the ball. A good curveball will break both laterally and downward about two feet. A good curve ball gives the illusion of falling off the table with its sharp downward breaking motion as it approaches home plate. Slider- A good slider can be a tremendous compliment to a good fastball. A good slider will have a tight lateral spin, like a bullet. A slider will break about 6-18 inches as it approaches home plate. It should look like a fastball until it breaks across the plate. Change Up- A good change up can be a tremendous asset to any pitcher by making fastball seem that much quicker to the hitter. A good change-up should look identical to the hitter only it travels 15-20 mph slower than the fastball. It will make the hitter way out in front of the pitch. Delivery- A pitchers delivery should be as smooth as possible. It should look effort-less with no mechanical problems like: throwing across the body, landing on a stiff front leg, overstriding, landing on the heel or his arm lagging behind his body. Any mechanical problems left uncorrected can lead to control and arm problems. Control- The ability to throw strikes on a consistent basis is vital for any pitcher to have success at the major league level. If the pitcher has less than overpowering stuff his control becomes even more important to his success. A good pitcher will be able to throw 70% of their pitches for strikes and can throw breaking pitches for strikes when behind in the count. Pitchers Velocity: 8: 98 mph + 7: 93-97 mph 6: 90-92 mph 5: 88-89 mph 4: 85-87 mph 3: 83-84 mph 2: 82 mph –
What Scouts Look For In Catchers
A good catcher is vital to the success of a championship team. The catcher will provide leadership on the field and work with the pitcher when setting up the hitters and calling the game. The catcher must be durable and is responsible for the teams defense. A catcher needs soft hands , quick feet and the ability to block pitches in the dirt. A good catcher can catch and throw to second base under 2.0 seconds, some catchers can break 1.8 seconds.
Catchers Release Times to Second Base: 8: 1.7 seconds – below 7: 1.7-1.8 seconds 6: 1.8-1.9 seconds 5: 1.9-2.0 seconds 4: 2.0-2.1 seconds 3: 2.1-2.2 seconds 2: 2.2-2.3 seconds
What Scouts Look For In Infielders
A good infield is worth it wait in gold to a successful team. A strong defense will take the opposition out of more rallies and save wear and tear on the pitching staff.
Teams are looking for these qualities in their infielders.
Arm Strength: A strong arm is especially necessary from the shortstop who will often be making throws up to 150 feet flat-footed on the edge of the outfield grass. The third baseman also needs a strong arm when called upon to make throws up to 120 feet from along the foul line. Look to see if the infielders throws are straight and do not die as they approach the first baseman.
Range: Look for infielders with good body control. They need first-step quickness able to field the ball to their left, right, over their head and able to charge the ball and come up throwing. Also they need soft hands, able to move their hands quickly and smoothly to bad hops and sharply hit line drives
What Scouts Look For In Outfielders
A good outfielder is vital to the make up for a successful team. Although most outfielders are in the lineup for their bats, their defensive skills can not be overlooked. Scouts are looking for these basic skills from outfielders
Arm Strength: A strong arm is vital for the defensive make up of the outfield. A strong arm will cut down baserunners trying to score and prevent runners from taking extra bases. When evaluating a players arm strength, it is important to be at the game in time to see infield-outfield practice. If the player has a strong arm, chances are he will show it here. Teams will often decide whether to run on a team by the strength of the arms demonstrated before the game. You should look for four things from outfielders: a strong overhand throw, a straight-line trajectory, good carry, and good life off the turf when the ball finally hits the grounds. A strong arm is vital for right field because he will often be called on to make throws to third base and home plate up to 275 feet.
Range: A good outfielder will be able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield. The center fielder has the most territory to cover, so obviously getting a good jump on the ball and having good speed is vital for a good outfielder. The outfielder must be able to field ground and fly balls and come up throwing. Outfielders need to be able judge how hard a ball is hit and be able to field fly balls hit over his center fielder requires the most speed and the right fielder the strongest arm. A good center fielder can run the 60 yard dash in under 6.6 seconds.
Left and right fielders should run the 60 yard dash under 6.8 seconds.
What Scouts Look For In Hitters
This is the hardest all tools to predict whether a player will hit major league pitching because you often do not know whether they will hit at the major league level until they get there.
The quality the most necessary to become a major league hitter is a smooth quick level swing. A player with a quick bat can wait on the pitches longer therefore have a better chance of hitting the ball harder. Another important quality to look for is a good knowledge of the strike zone. A player will not become a good hitter by swinging at pitches outside the strike zone. The more patient the hitter is, the more dangerous they become.
When watching a hitter play close attention to his hands when he strides. If a player drops or raises his hands when the pitch is being delivered, he increases his chances of not hitting the ball hard. The hands should go back, the less unnecessary movement, the better. The harder the pitcher is throwing, the more mechanically correct the hitter needs to be to hit. A hitter that lunges, doesn’t keep his hands back, hitches or has a pronounced uppercut will not hit at a consistent level.
When evaluating hitters focus on tools, not statistics. You should scout tools not performance. Statistic are good for evaluating weaknesses. A hitter with a high strikeout and low walk total is swinging at too many bad pitches, unless corrected will never hit at a constant level.
A hitter should be able to turn on a good fastball on the inside part of the plate. If he can’t, he has little chance of becoming a good hitter, because pitchers must throw inside to be successful at the major league level. A hitter must be able to hit breaking pitches or he will not last at the major league or minor league level. Once word gets out about a hitters can1t hit the breaking pitches, he will see nothing else until he learns to hit it.
The player’s makeup is vital to his success in professional baseball. Often the player with the greatest desire will develop into a better ball player than the one with better physical tools. Most of the players when they sent to the minor leagues, are used to being the star on their team and often have never been in a slump or have lost a game before. This for many players is difficult to accept. For the first time in their lives, they are knocked out in the first inning or go 0 for 4. If a player can overcome this, they have a better chance of reaching their goal of playing in the major leagues.
One of the most important factors in a player’s makeup is whether they can adjust to being away from home. Most high school players have never been away from home for any length of time and many are not prepared mentally to handle the long bus rides, bad lights, and poor playing conditions. For many college players, the minors is a step down from playing on good fields, good lighting, flying, and large attendance.
The college player often comes into the minor leagues more mature because he has been away from home, but a player with a college degree may quit after two years if he does not feel he is being promoted quick enough. It is very difficult for players to see their teammates being promoted while they are staying put. A player who works hard and puts up good numbers in the minor leagues will be noticed by the organization.
PLAYER CHECKLIST — (what to look for in a player)
CATCHERS: Arm strength, agility and quickness, soft hands, aggressiveness plus leadership.
INFIELDERS: Arm Strength, speed, instincts, aggressiveness, soft hands, hitting ability (especially from the corners).
HITTERS: Strength, bat speed, plane of swing, absence of fear, aggressiveness, top-hand extension, and follow-though.
PITCHERS: Arm strength, velocity, movement, and a curveball with tight rotation, free arm action and proper delivery, with complete extension on the follow-though (basically a live, quick arm, aggressiveness, and the ability to concentrate.
MAKEUP: Strong desire to succeed, coachability, maturity, temperament, improvement, drive, hunger, consistency, knowledge of the game, competitiveness, (how badly does the player want to reach the major leagues and how well he will work at.)
PHYSICAL CHANGES: Has he reached his full height yet? Can he gain or lose weight? Will he become faster or slower? Has he filled out yet? Does he a have history of being hurt? How much has his skills improved from last year.
Does the player have the physical tools plus the strong make up to play in the major leagues. Only about 10% of the players who sign a minor league contract will.
Former Calvert Hall infielder Jose Torres and Gilman pitcher Peter Heubeck taken in third round of 2021 MLB draft
Two former Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference baseball standouts — Calvert Hall 2019 graduate Jose Torres and recent Gilman grad Peter Heubeck — were third-round selections in the Major League Baseball amateur draft on Monday.
Torres, who was The Sun’s 2019 All-Metro Player of the Year and played shortstop at North Carolina State, was taken by the Cincinnati Reds with the 89th overall pick. Heubeck, a 6-foot-3 pitcher who is a Wake Forest commit, was selected by the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers with the 101st pick.
Heubeck, who turns 19 on July 22, led the Greyhounds to their first league championship title since 2010 in May. He added to his special year when he got a call from the Dodgers on Monday afternoon.
Recent Gilman grad Peter Heubeck, pitching against John Carroll in the MIAA A Conference tournament at Gilman on May 20, was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 101st overall pick in the MLB draft on Monday. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun) “That moment was unreal and I still haven’t processed it fully, but it’s the best feeling ever. It was awesome,” he said.
A hard-throwing right-hander who touches the mid-90s with his fastball and also throws a curveball and change-up, Heubeck switched from catcher to pitcher in his freshman season in 2018 and was a varsity standout throughout his career.
MLB Draft 2021: Dodgers select RHP Peter Heubeck in the 3rd round
With their second pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Peter Heubeck from Gilman High School in Baltimore. He’s currently committed to Wake Forest.
Dodgers selected him with the 101st pick in the third round. This was their second selection in the MLB Draft, as they lost their second round pick with the signing of free-agent pitcher Trevor Bauer.
He’s ranked as the No. 105 overall prospect by Baseball America
slender, 6-foot-3, 170-pound righthander, Heubeck has flashed a loud three-pitch mix and has only improved his game since flashing stuff with inconsistent control last summer. Heubeck has a loose and fast arm and has been up into the mid 90s at his best, though he more typically sits in the 90-93 mph range. His best secondary pitch is a hard, downer curveball in the mid 70s with 12-to-6 shape and impressive depth. He also throws a low-80s changeup that was seen as a distant third pitch last summer but scouts this spring…
I am a big believer, if you are going to do something, do it right! So, now that I’m in my 3 year umpiring, I might as well be the best.
Having attended the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame during my debut umpire career June 2019, I learned that there were ONLY 10 umpires ever inducted. If baseball decides to continue after the Pandemic Covid-19, I already have plans to see Derek Jeter get inducted and work in CASV again.
Noted for his authoritative command of baseball rules, he earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname “God” from players, and was among the last major league umpires who never attended an umpiring school. Read more
Here are your World Series Umpires
The men in blue. Although it often looks black, yes? They still wear blue sometimes though so it probably doesn’t matter. Let’s just call ’em the baseball cops and not worry too much about what they’re wearing. Here are the baseball cops for the 2019 World Series: Alan Porter, Doug Eddings, Gary Cederstrom, James Hoye, Lance Barksdale, Sam Holbrook, and Jim Wolf. Read more
The umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away over the weekend. The patch will say “Coop.” Read more
Eric Cooper Dies at 52 Following Blood Clot
Less than two weeks removed from his 2019 AL Division Series assignment, MLB umpire Eric Cooper has died after a post-surgery blood clot, six years after Wally Bell’s heart attack during the 2013 postseason. Coop, who officiated the 2019 Twins-Yankees ALDS, was 52 years old.
Born on December 18, 1966 in Des Moines, Iowa, Cooper began his journey in Minor League Baseball in 1990’s Appalachian League and officiated his first major league game in 1996, becoming a member of the big league staff on the American League side in 1999.
Cooper had the plate for three no-hitters during his MLB career, and officiated three Wild Card Games (2015-17) 10 Division Series (2003, 05-06, 08-09, 11-14, 2019), three League Championship Series (2004, 15-17), and the 2014 World Series.
He had 72 career MLB ejections over nearly 2,800 career regular season games. His last MLB game was in service as the second base umpire for New York’s series-clinching victory in Minnesota on October 7; his crew chief for that series, Gary Cederstrom, will also chief the 2019 World Series.
Since I have been playing baseball around the time I started walking, I have gained a GREAT deal of admiration for the officials! It is very easy to pick on them. It’s bad enough when the fans yell, “boo, bad call, you’re blind”. As an umpire, you MUST have thick skin, in addition to being cool, calm & collected. All umpires understand they have a target on their back.
A good umpire often will tell you, “I did my job successfully if both teams are not happy”. In other words, the MOST important role is to be FAIR and IMPARTIAL. More importantly, when the players and coaches have respect for you, that’s when you know you did your job well enforcing the rules and keeping the peace.
Over 10 years of experience calling balls & strikes. I have to admit, it can be safer and less painful officiating behind pitcher’s mound for 8U, 10U and 12U because often the catcher does not keep me from getting hurt (e.g. many balls off the feet, shin, shoulder and mask).
Timing is everything! Sometimes, waiting that at extra half second can make all the difference in the world because you see the ball better, play it back in your head and get the call RIGHT.
The following ten umpires have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
Class of 1953 – Tommy Connolly(NL, 1898–1900; AL, 1901–1931)
Class of 1953 – Bill Klem (NL 1905–1941)
Class of 1973 – Billy Evans (AL, 1906–1927)
Class of 1974 – Jocko Conlan (NL1941–1964)
Class of 1976 – Cal Hubbard (AL, 1936–1951)
Class of 1989 – Al Barlick (NL, 1940–1943, 1946–1955, 1958–1971)
Class of 1992 – Bill McGowan (AL, 1925–1954)
Class of 1999 – Nestor Chylak (AL, 1954–1978)
Class of 2010 – Doug Harvey (NL1962–1992)
Class of 2013 – Hank O’Day (NL, 1895, 1897–1911, 1913, 1915–1927)
Harold Douglas Harvey (March 13, 1930 – January 13, 2018) was an umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB), who worked in the National League (NL) from 1962 through 1992. Noted for his authoritative command of baseball rules, he earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname “God” from players, and was among the last major league umpires who never attended an umpiring school. Harvey umpired five World Series and seven All-Star Games. His career total of 4,673 games ranked third in major league history at the time of his retirement. In 2010, he became the ninth umpire to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1999, the Society for American Baseball Research ranked Harvey as the second-greatest umpire in history, behind only Bill Klem. In 2007, Referee magazine selected him as one of the 52 most influential figures in the history of sports officiating. Read more
Watch “The Baseball Hall of Fame Remembers Doug Harvey” on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/embed/nJqO1XF9UPY?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
2019 had a very close call with a coach getting ejected. Read more
Major League Baseball today announced the umpires who have been assigned to the 2019 World Series, which is presented by YouTube TV. Gary Cederstrom, who is in his 26th season as a Major League Umpire, will work the Fall Classic for the fourth time, including his second assignment as its crew chief, as the American League Champion Houston Astros meet the National League Champion Washington Nationals.
Cederstrom, who was the crew chief for this Postseason’s American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins, previously worked the Fall Classic in 2005, 2011 and 2015. The North Dakota native was the home plate umpire for Johan Santana’s 2012 no-hitter, the first in the history of the New York Mets. He will lead a crew that includes regular season crew chief Sam Holbrook, Lance Barksdale, Doug Eddings, James Hoye, Alan Porter and Jim Wolf. Porter will call balls and strikes in Game One of the Fall Classic in Houston. This is the third career Fall Classic for Holbrook; the second for Wolf; and the first for Barksdale, Eddings, Hoye and Porter. All seven umpires who will be on the field throughout the World Series were assigned to this year’s Division Series.
Wolf will serve as the Replay Official for Games One and Two of the World Series, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Porter, the home plate umpire for Game One, will shift to Replay Official duties from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. The Replay Assistant throughout the Fall Classic will be regular season crew chief Jerry Meals, who worked one of this Postseason’s ALDS (HOU-TB). A complete listing of the rotation assigned to the 2019 World Series accompanies this press release.
Throughout the 2019 World Series, the umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of 21-year Major League Umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away in recent days at the age of 52. “Coop,” who worked the 2014 World Series among his many career Postseason assignments, was active in programs with UMPS CARE Charities, the official philanthropy of MLB Umpires, including visits to pediatric hospitals and bringing underserved youth for behind-the-scenes ballpark visits.
The 2019 Postseason schedule can be viewed at MLB.com/postseason. All games exclusively covered by FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2019 World Series games. Read more
Have you ever said something you later regret? If you are like me, than it may also be true that you may find yourself in situations where people are speaking a different language (e.g. Spanish, French, Chinese, etc.).
Are they talking in code?
Do you know of any celebrities that speak their mind regardless of what other people think? Ever heard of Kanye West? What about Dennis Rodman?
And worse, do you have any insecurities and often think people are talking about you? Gossip kills!
What about hand signals?
Most people who have ever been to a ballgame have noticed the 3rd base coach touching the brim on his hat, followed by his nose, then his ear, and his arm. Then he does it all over again in a different order.
Is the bunt on? Hit-and-run? Steal?
Well, in baseball coaches and players are signaling each other the entire game. The catcher is telling the pitcher to throw a fastball or curve ball. When there is a runner on 2nd base, then he has to decipher it even more.
More importantly, great teams have strategized any situation and will plan accordingly. They tell the fielders to shift when a heavy hitter gets up to bat. Or perhaps there is a 1st and 3rd situation and want to be alert.
Besides being a huge fan of baseball for the past 53 years, I also played for over 20 years including a recent stint 2012-2019. Back in 1993 I started coaching and have been doing that ever since. Now adays I really enjoy umpiring. And yes, we use signals to tell each other (e.g. 2-man, 3-man, or even WS with 6 umpires) what to do in any situation with base runners.
This past weekend my son and I came up with a signal when there was a good hitter or fast base runner. If he is pitching he needs to keep the runner close – attempt pickoff. And you never want to throw a fast ball down the middle to a 3-hole.
I can’t get this video off my mind =>
Overcoming Hopelessnes –
by Nick Vujicic.
I believe it was your friend the “traveling minister” who had a child of his own was physically disabled.
Unless you were living on the moon over the past year, you might be oblivious to the effects of COVID-19. There will always be conflict. Wars have been started over exchanging insults. Thus, the pandemic has only exasperated our society’s challenges with fear and differences.
LIFE, LIBERTY, AND CENSORSHIP? The First Amendment establishes separation between church and state, meaning that religion has no place in the government.
The Bill of Rights reflects the Christian heritage of our nation. The idea of human dignity, that we are created in the image of God, forms the theological basis for human equality and our core principle of liberty (Genesis 1:27, Leviticus 25:10, Matthew 25:40, Mark 12:31).
Ethnic, Racial and Retarded
Best baseball players of all time from Puerto Rico
Iván Rodríguez (Pudge)
Coach G – Dbat
Roberto Alomar is placed on MLB’s ineligible list after an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by the Hall of Famer
Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar has been fired as a consultant by Major League Baseball and placed on the league’s ineligible list after an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct.
Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the firing Friday, saying in a statement that a baseball industry employee reported an incident earlier this year involving Alomar from 2014. The league hired an external legal firm to investigate the matter.
In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Alomar and the second or maternal family name is Velázquez. Second baseman Born: February 5, 1968 (age 53) Ponce, Puerto Rico Batted: Switch Threw: Right MLB debut April 22, 1988, for the San Diego Padres Last MLB appearance September 5, 2004, for the Chicago White Sox MLB statistics Batting average .300 Hits 2,724 Home runs 210 Runs batted in 1,134 Stolen bases 474
Teams San Diego Padres (1988–1990) Toronto Blue Jays (1991–1995) Baltimore Orioles (1996–1998) Cleveland Indians (1999–2001) New York Mets (2002–2003) Chicago White Sox (2003) Arizona Diamondbacks (2004) Chicago White Sox (2004) Career highlights and awards 12× All-Star (1990–2001) 2× World Series champion (1992, 1993) ALCS MVP (1992) 10× Gold Glove Award (1991–1996, 1998–2001) 4× Silver Slugger Award (1992, 1996, 1999, 2000) Toronto Blue Jays No. 12 retired Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame
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More importantly I have never been to Bowie I’ve been to Ripken Stadium a few times but I think the Minor League games are better cuz you can it’s it feels more like an old-fashioned baseball game and you can get down really close and sometimes get autographs from the players 2 years ago the current Baltimore Orioles had two pictures that were in the minor leagues that are now playing in the pros Zimmerman and another relief pitcher.
Zac and Brianna Lowther crashed just after Saturday night’s Orioles game ended, having put their 3-month-old daughter, Isabelle, to bed just a few hours earlier. Brianna and Isabelle had joined Zac in Maryland earlier in the day, getting to spend some time with him as the left-hander pitched at the Orioles’ alternate training site in Bowie awaiting a promotion to Baltimore.
As the couple faded to sleep, Zac’s phone rang loudly, with him having left the ring tone volume up high. He worried it would wake Isabelle. Instead, it startled Brianna, who asked what happened.
“Oh, I just got called up,” Zac replied. “Is this a dream?” Brianna asked in a daze.
In some ways, it certainly was. Zac Lowther, the Orioles’ No. 19 prospect per Baseball America, was promoted to the major leagues for the first time. After Baltimore officials delivered the good news, he went into the bathroom to call his and Brianna’s parents and share it with them. They were all in attendance for Sunday’s 8-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics, in which Lowther pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his major league debut. Read more
What is it called when you strike out 3 times in a game?
Joe DiMaggio recalled he had more difficulty batting against Harder than just about any other pitcher, hitting only . 180 lifetime against him, striking out 3 times in one game in 1940. His nickname was the chief and he played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians. Read more
Everyone often remembers the great batters (offensive players), but forget who were the amazing pitchers (defensive players) in baseball. For example, ask a young player today if he’s heard of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan or the “Rocket” Roger Clemens? Often you’ll get a response, “never heard of them”. However, Mel Harder is the notorious pitcher who struck out DiMaggio. Read more
Strike 3 (Times Five). Giancarlo Stanton’s Whiffs Make the Record Books
When Giancarlo Stanton struck out for the fifth time on Sunday and left the field at Yankee Stadium to a chorus of boos, he was not merely having a bad game. He was putting himself in the record books. And there may well be more record-breaking, of the wrong kind, to come. Read more
This morning I “googled” the number of times a MLB player struck out 3 times in one game. Unfortunately, my son Blake struck out 3 times yesterday in a “single elimination playoff game” against some of the BEST 13 year old boys in the region.
In slang, when a batter strikes out three times in a game, he is said to have completed a hat trick. If he strikes out four times, it is called a golden sombrero. He receives a platinum sombrero if he strikes out five times, and this dishonor is also known as the Olympic Rings.
Age (years) 50th percentile height for boys in inches (feet)
8 50.4 in. (4.2′) 9 52.6 in. (4.5′) 10 54.5 in. (4.6′)
11 56.4 in. (4.8′) 12 58.7 in. (4.11′) 13 61.4 in. (5.1′) 14 64.6 in. (5.5′) 15 66.9 in. (5.7′) 16 68.3 in. (5.8′) 17 69.1 in. (5.9′) 18 69.3 in. (5.9′)
In baseball or softball, a strikeout (or strike-out) occurs when a batter racks up three strikes during a time at bat. It usually means the batter is out. A strikeout is a statistic recorded for both pitchers and batters, and is denoted by K. A “strikeout looking”—in which the batter does not swing and the third strike is called by the umpire—is usually denoted by a ꓘ.
Although a strikeout suggests that the pitcher dominated the batter, the free-swinging style that generates home runs also leaves batters susceptible to striking out. Some of the greatest home run hitters of all time—such as Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson, and Jim Thome—were notorious for striking out.
Rules A pitched ball is ruled a ball by the umpire if the batter did not swing at it and, in that umpire’s judgement, it does not pass through the strike zone. Any pitch at which the batter swings unsuccessfully or, that in that umpire’s judgement passes through the strike zone, is ruled a strike. Each ball and strike affects the count, which is incremented for each pitched ball with the exception of a foul ball on any count with two strikes. That is, a third strike may only occur by the batter swinging and missing at a pitched ball, or the pitched ball being ruled a strike by the umpire with no swing by the batter. A pitched ball that is struck by the batter with the bat on any count, and is not a foul ball or foul tip, is in play. A batter may also strike out by bunting, even if the ball is hit into foul territory.
A pitcher receives credit for (and a batter is charged with) a strikeout on any third strike, but a batter is out only if one of the following is true:
The third strike is pitched and caught in flight by the catcher (including foul tips); On any third strike, if a baserunner is on first and there are zero or one outs; The third strike is bunted foul and is not caught by a fielder. Thus, it is possible for a batter to strike out, but still become a runner and reach base safely if the catcher is unable to catch the third strike cleanly, and he then does not either tag out the batter or force him out at first base. In Japan, this is called furinige (振り逃げ), or “swing and escape”. In Major League Baseball, it is known as an uncaught third strike. When this happens, a strikeout is recorded for both the pitcher and the batter, but no out is recorded. Because of this, a pitcher may occasionally be able to record more than three strikeouts in one half-inning.
It is also possible for a strikeout to result in a fielder’s choice. With the bases loaded and two strikes with two outs, the catcher drops the ball or catches it on the bounce. The batter-runner is obliged to run for first base and other base-runners are obliged to attempt to advance one base. Should the catcher field the ball and step on home plate before the runner from third base can score, then the runner from third base is forced out. Read more
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What do people learn going to a professional baseball game? Well, if you have never been before, it’s FUN! Not to mention, Camden Yards is considered one of the BEST stadiums in Major League Baseball in the entire country. It’s both exciting and entertaining. It can be very competitive and suspenseful depending on the pitchers.
As a Head Coach for over 10 years, I am a “student of the game” and continue to learn new things going to a live baseball game. In my own experience, the benefits are countless!
Whether you are going with your son or going as a team, it’s a great bonding experience. Plus, the coach often can learn more about the player be better able to relate to them. Best of all, the kids witness first-hand, real time some of the best professionals in a chosen field of discipline – baseball. Watching MLB players performing at the highest level of skill is awesome, especially when you consider how much they are getting paid.
Coaches and baseball teams can build on all the PRACTICE hours, days and weeks trying to run drills by explaining situations and the reasons why. There is also a well-known FACT in the “Art of Pedogogy” – people can learn from reading it in a book, listening, watching or doing.
Teaching fundamental skills is very difficult if you don’t have much passion, interest and some natural ability. Read more
Baseball lost one of its greatest legends with the death of Hall of Famer and Braves legend Hank Aaron at age 86.
“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank. He was a beacon for our organization first as a player, then with player development, and always with our community efforts. His incredible talent and resolve helped him achieve the highest accomplishments yet he never lost his humble nature,” Braves chairman Terry McGuirk said in a statement.
“Hank Aaron is near the top of everyone’s list of all-time great players. His monumental achievements as a player were surpassed only by his dignity and integrity as a person,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said.
“Hank symbolized the very best of our game, and his all-around excellence provided Americans and fans across the world with an example to which to aspire. His career demonstrates that a person who goes to work with humility every day can hammer his way into history–and find a way to shine like no other.” Read more
Hank Aaron, one of the greatest players in baseball history who smashed Babe Ruth’s career home run record in defiance of threats to his life and who used his Hall of Fame baseball career as a platform to champion civil rights, died Jan. 22 at 86.
Jonathan Kerber, the Atlanta Braves’ communications manager, confirmed the death but did not provide additional details. Mr. Aaron became the 10th member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to die since April, an unfathomable loss of star power, history and institutional knowledge of the game.
Throughout his 23-year career, spent mostly with the Braves in Milwaukee and then Atlanta, Mr. Aaron was admired as a model of steady excellence on the diamond, even though he lacked the swaggering charisma of Ruth or the exuberant flair of his contemporaries Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente. Read more
Henry Louis Aaron (February 5, 1934 – January 22, 2021), nicknamed “Hammer” or “Hammerin’ Hank”, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1954 through 1976. He spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL).
Aaron is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. His 755 career home runs broke the long-standing MLB record set by Babe Ruth and stood as the most for 33 years; Aaron still holds many other MLB batting records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its list of the “100 Greatest Baseball Players”. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Aaron was born and raised in and around Mobile, Alabama. Aaron had seven siblings, including Tommie Aaron, who played major-league baseball with him. He appeared briefly in the Negro American League and in minor league baseball before starting his major league career. By his final MLB season, Aaron was the last Negro league baseball player on a major league roster. During his time in the MLB, especially during his run for the hitting record, Aaron and his family endured extensive racist threats. Read more
The 2020 NFL playoffs continue to roll through the schedule. The Green Bay Packers, the 1-seed in the NFC, will now host the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 24 against the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buffalo Bills, the No. 2-seed in the AFC, will play the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
Here is what we know about the AFC and NFC brackets, including seeding, TV times and the schedule of games from wild-card weekend up through Super Bowl LV. Read more
The NFL’s expanded playoff bracket has been a topic of conversation all season, but with the playoffs finally around the corner, it’s worth revisiting exactly how a 14-team field works in the first year of its existence.
The league made the move from 12 teams qualifying to 14 for the 2020 season. A lot of the reasoning comes back to interest and money, but it also creates a different playoff picture than NFL fans may be used to. There’s now a No. 7 seed to play for in each conference. There’s only one bye instead of two on each side, too. It forces a recalibration of how late-season results are viewed. Read more
Patrick Mahomes’ path back to the field for the AFC Championship Game included a stop at a mid-week practice.
The Chiefs quarterback remains in concussion protocol but participated in what was a light practice for the Chiefs on Wednesday.
“He looked good on a limited basis,” coach Andy Reid told reporters. “He took all the snaps and he feels good. We’re going to follow this protocol.”
Mahomes, who is symptom-free and will undergo tolerance tests, is expected to increase his workload as the week carries on, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
He exited Kansas City’s 22-17 win over Cleveland last weekend after he was tackled awkwardly by Browns linebacker Mack Wilson. Mahomes appeared momentarily unable to stand without assistance before heading to the locker room for further evaluation. His placement in the protocol ended his participation in the Divisional Round meeting with Cleveland and called into question his availability for Sunday’s conference title game against the Buffalo Bills.
Mahomes’ participation in Wednesday’s practice is an encouraging sign for his chances of playing Sunday. And as Rapoport later tweeted, serving as a limited participant doesn’t mean much of a difference at this stage of the season, when most practice work is mental and walkthrough.
The Super Bowl LIV MVP is one win away from returning to the sport’s biggest game. If he can play Sunday, we’re in for an exciting one between the defending champions and the red-hot Bills. Read more
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This Sunday, Jan. 20 we have the following teams – LA vs. NO @ 3:05 PM and NE vs. KC @ 6:40 PM. Read more Many people I’ve spoken to say, “I don’t want the Patriots to win, but they certainly know how to win”. Eagles World Champions 2018 and Patriots in 2017 My prediction on the big contest – Superbowl LIII (53) on Feb 3, 2019 @ 6:30 PM is Chiefs over Saints (27-14). Ways to watch
Regular season is over. Atlanta Falcons are favored by 5 over Green Bay Packers. New England Patriots are favored by 7 over Pittsburgh Steelers. Initially, I wanted to see Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady face-off in the Super Bowl. However, after watching the first half, I can see why Matt Ryan is slated as the Most Valuable Player!
The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, two of the most dominant AFC teams in the last decade and a half, are about to square off again in the postseason, but not just a usual playoff game — the AFC Championship game. With a spot in Super Bowl 51 on the line, Las Vegas is leaning towards New England, the home team, when it comes to the odds in this matchup. The opening line had the Patriots as 5-point favorites, and the line has gone up to 6-point favorites for the championship game. Read more
Also, CBS Sports has some nice news reports on the Playoffs & Standings.
The BEST thing I heard after our disappointing 10-0 loss in the Championship game was from a complete stranger.
A young boy was walking by immediately following my Gatorade shower and said,”That’s the happiest losing team I ever saw”!
Every baseball player and coach wants to win, generally. That’s why you keep score. The biggest showcase of the year is the World Series and that’s where all the hard work throughout the season comes to a close. If you had a successful season and won enough games to make it to the playoffs you have a shot at taking home a National Championship.
However, there have been many, many great baseball players that were not very popular like Al Gallagher. So, when you think of the BEST ballplayers, you automatically associate their stats. What was his batting average? What was his ERA? And yes, coaches also are measured on stats. Yet, considering how difficult it is to make it to the World Series, it is fascinating to me that Joe Torre won the Championship four (4) times. Read more.
If you want to be the best ___ [fill-in the blank]. Find someone who has already achieved that success. Then just copy everything they do! Eventually, you’ll develop your own “signature”. I’ll stick with the home town hero, Buck Showalter.
Notice that Buck was the Yankees coach before Torre. But I grew up watching Earl Weaver. Buck Showalter loves scouting reports — except when it comes to assessing the personalities of people he’s never met. In that regard, the Orioles’ manager insists upon formulating his own opinion. “People will start to tell me about a player that’s coming,” Showalter said, “and I stop them and say, ‘I got this. We’re starting fresh. I’m going to make up my own mind about him.'”
Showalter’s reputation preceded his arrival in Baltimore. Taskmaster, drill sergeant, disciplinarian — those words were often associatedwith him during his tenure as manager of the New York Yankees (1992-95), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2000) and Texas Rangers (2003-06). So when the feisty skipper was hired by then-president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail to turn around a franchise in search of its first winning season since 1997, the players knew what was coming…
“Some people’s reputation before you meet them is not the same after you get to know them.