Help me, Help you

Some of my favorite players include Hank Aaron, Aaron Judge, Rickey Henderson and Babe Ruth. Batting Lineup THE LEADOFF: Your leadoff should be one of your team’s best hitters and fastest players. The goal of any good leadoff hitter is to get on base, however they can. Your on-base percentage leader should fit well inContinue reading “Help me, Help you”

RPBL Coaches’ Clinic

Train the Trainers sponsored by Roland Park Baseball Leagues (RPBL) will be a series of four WORKSHOPS at local indoor facilities convenient to Roland Park.  These events are designed to address all five of our little league age groups teaching various SKILLS including hitting, base running, infield, outfield, pitching and catching as well as, organizing an effective practice.Continue reading “RPBL Coaches’ Clinic”

PostSeason

Astros shut out Yankees in ALCS On Saturday night in Houston, the Astros defeated the Yankees by a score of 4-0 (box score) in Game 7 of the ALCS. The Astros will now advance to take on the Dodgers in the World Series, which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles. As for Game 7, Houston starterContinue reading “PostSeason”

McNally & Etchebarren

1966 World Series ~ Heroes  of the Incredible Sweep The 1966 World Series matched the American League (AL) champion Baltimore Orioles against the defending World Series champion and National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Orioles sweeping the Series in four games to capture their first championship in franchise history. It was alsoContinue reading “McNally & Etchebarren”

Skipper

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 biggestContinue reading “Skipper”

Sportsmanship

MVP 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,Continue reading “Sportsmanship”

Heat of the Moment

Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura were both ejected Tuesday night following a bench-clearing melee that was precipitated by Ventura throwing at Machado (read more). With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Orioles leading 5-1, Ventura’s first pitch to Machado — a 99 mph fastball — hitContinue reading “Heat of the Moment”

Victory and Defeat

Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat I will never forget this commercial growing up => ABC Wide World of Sports featuring Howard Cosell and Muhammad Ali. ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3,Continue reading “Victory and Defeat”

Hitter’s Mentality

Brewers topple Reds 12-2 @ St. Helena Park (300 Willow Spring Road Baltimore, MD 21222).  We remain undefeated, with 3 Wins and Zero (0) Losses.  Our current standings would have more games played if it weren’t for all the bad weather.  Unfortunately, we had over 5 weeks of rainouts and holidays so we have a lotContinue reading “Hitter’s Mentality”

Day at the Yard

I was going to title this blog, “Day at the Ballpark”.  But in Baltimore we call it the “Yard”.  How many other teams use the same name? A baseball park, also known as a ballpark or diamond, is a venue where baseball is played. A baseball park consists of the playing field and the surroundingContinue reading “Day at the Yard”

Always like a Girl

I would be remiss if I did not include some stories about my daughter.  She is turning 12 next month and I’m so proud of all her accomplishments.  In particular, she has done exceptionally well in school and extracurricular activities like Piano, Dance and Theater. When it comes to sports, there tends to be aContinue reading “Always like a Girl”

Strikeouts

Why do players strikeout? Answer: By regulation, baseball bats may be no more than 2.75 inches in diameter at the thickest part and no more than 42 inches long.  A MLB baseball is only 3 inches in diameter. Thus, it is very, very difficult.  As a matter of fact, you can fail 7/10 times and beContinue reading “Strikeouts”