- Taschenbuch: 254 Seiten
- Verlag: Contemporary Books Inc (März 1993)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0809239221
- ISBN-13: 978-0809239221
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,3 x 19,7 x 26 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.605.864 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Play Better Baseball: Winning Techniques and Strategies for Coaches and Players (Englisch) Taschenbuch – März 1993
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This straightforward, easy-to-understand book helps prepare coaches and players to meet the challenges of tough competition. New revised, "Play Better Baseball" is the state-of-the-art source for baseball fundamentals and mechanics, illustrated with hundreds of photographs and accompanied by helpful new drills.Based on actual team situations drawn from author Bob Cluck's 20-plus years of coaching, this reader-friendly handbook emphasizes the fundamentals that produce winning baseball teams and offers a wealth of advice on: coaching baseball at all levels; developing winning players; using videotape and high-speed film; using practice time efficiently; the psychology of coaching; pitching: the foundation of every team; pitching mechanics; the pitches: tools to get hitters out; setting up hitters: the game within a game; first-pitch strikes, from Little League to the Majors; playing the infield; using the right glove; throwing with strength and accuracy; the game situation and positioning; and, fielding mechanics for infielders; the catcher: team leader.It also offers advice on: the tag at home; blocking pitches in the dirt; pop-ups, bunts, and cutoffs; helping the pitcher get hitters out; playing the outfield; backing up plays; throwing from the outfield; balls hit in the gaps; outfield positioning; playing the sun; baserunning; the steal and the hit-and-run; effective and safe sliding techniques; running the bases; hitting; bats and grips; stances; stride and weight transfer; tracking the ball; bunting; situational hitting; the playbook; defensive assignments; infield pop flies; bunt defenses; the athletic machine; weight training for baseball players; and conditioning for baseball.Bob Cluck is a major league pitching coach and scout and the founder of the San Diego School of Baseball. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Bub Cluck is the pitching coach for the Oakland A's and a director of the San Diego School of Baseball. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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I have many baseball instructional books and would in general recommend to be VERY cautious when all the pictures in the book are staged, 'posed' pictures (as opposed to high speed pictures taken of actual swings). Staged pictures rarely match reality- why not use actual swing shots?? Probably because reality does not match the coach's teachings! That's what this book has- staged (wrong) pictures.
In the hitting section Cluck states such gems as "the barrel of the bat should remain above the hands at all times" when describing a swing. This is NOT how a batter swings- as a picture at contact of any good hitter would show. The bat always points down- hands ABOVE the barrel. He then states that "...videotape or tape might be very helpful to show the hitter the importance of this concept." I wish the AUTHOR had checked some videotape!
Later he says when trying to cure a certain batting problem that "it will never be eliminated". Wow- that is really optimistic, especially when dealing with kids! Of course maybe the swing can't be fixed because you are trying to follow this author's advice.....
Some graphics (page 172) are deceptive- the pitch is shown traveling perfectly horizontal, when in fact a ball angles down at several degrees as is comes down from the mound. This is an important distinction when you are trying to learn a proper (planar) swing path that matches the path of the incoming pitch.
Sorry to go on like this, but I can't help it!
Go to page 167- I would much rather have my son swing like the "bad swing" picture, than the "good swing" picture beside it. He advocates a straight to the ball, downward swing that will result in groundouts and poor bat speed. He tells a batter to use an 'inside out' swing, but does not explain how to do this, or what such a swing looks like at contact.
From experience I have heard many of his theories, and, not knowing any better, used them with my son when he was young. After a few years I realized they did not work and luckily bought Ted Williams book, that started me on the right path. He now is 12 years old and is the # 1 player in his league, and he never would have been that if I followed this book's teachings!