Rachel Garcia Swing Test Experiment Recently, Rachel Garcia, an elite collegiate softball player (National Freshman of the year at UCLA) went through a simple before and after hitting analysis that I took a small part of and thought it might help to answer our question about ‘Old School’ teaching methods. Rachel added 11 MPH in … Continue reading Is The ‘Old School’ Method of Teaching Hitting Outdated?
Carlos' Tunnel Vision - MLB Now Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated predicted the winner of the 2017 World Series three years before it happened, which is very impressive. However, the Effective Velocity Microscope, predicted virtually every hard hit ball of this year’s Postseason, nearly the exact percentages. Carlos Pena, on MLB Now presented a set of predictions … Continue reading Ev Microscope Predicted Virtually Every Hard Hit Ball of the 2017 Postseason
Timing is Everything “Hitting is about timing and pitching is about upsetting timing”, a famous quote by Warren Spahn, Hall of Fame pitcher. Well, Effective Velocity (Ev) is about ‘Understanding’ timing. The same speed pitch located in different parts of the zone has different reaction times for hitters. This 'not-so-simple' concept is the beginning of … Continue reading Practicing Timing – The Most Misunderstood Element of Hitting
Occam’s Razor (Ockam alternate spelling) In ‘Science’, there is a concept to help researchers find the best path in reaching a solution to a query. More of a guideline rather than a hard and fast rule, Occam’s Razor is a concept that advises researchers to start their search with the simplest solution. With this latest … Continue reading The Homerun Surge of 2017 & The Hangin’ Fastball
Bad Chess Imagine you and I are playing chess………… and we both suck. We would have epic battles that would end with me winning some and you winning some, but the outcome is a bit hard to predict. Now imagine that someone began keeping track of all the moves, the stats of our matches. No … Continue reading Fathers Day Baseball Fable – Bad Chess
https://youtu.be/DaLliNaDAHo Launch Angle Is A ‘GUESS’ ‘Ground Zero’ of hitting is the moment of impact when a round ball meets a round bat. The craziest truth is that hitters have little to no control over what happens to the ball off the bat, AKA ‘Launch Angle’. While the hitter can control many aspects leading … Continue reading Launch Angle is a Guess
https://youtu.be/nAr4-I3oovA Every decision a hitter makes about their approach comes with both benefits and costs. In the past, the thinking was that all power hitters had to get used to high strikeouts and lower batting averages to reap big power. Conversely, all contact hitters would settle for single digit homers and shoot for a … Continue reading Joey Votto has lowered his strikeouts but at what cost?
https://youtu.be/b1Yb2rb-DF8 Velocity is Over Rated “EV+INTENT = DREAMS” – Drew Thomas - Pitching Coach for Coastal Carolina Settle down Twitterville, I know you think I’ve gone off the deep end because Effective Velocity is my life’s study and velocity is half the name. Well, it is the other half of the name that … Continue reading Velocity is Over Rated
https://youtu.be/Q6WBBTpk6BU ‘They’ say, “You have to establish your fastball early in the game”, we have all heard this urban legend before, whoever that mystical group ‘They’ is. Regardless if they are the illuminati or just the traditional thinking majority, it would seem that ‘They’ have never heard a single interview with a hitter before. “I … Continue reading “You Have To Establish Your Fastball” They Say………..
While I had never heard of a Chanticleer before this year’s College World Series, that storied barnyard leader will certainly be etched in history now along with a group of players and coaches that took the country by storm and possibly by surprise. I was certainly surprised when I received an email note from the … Continue reading Congratulations to the Chanticleers