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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Cage Hitting to Field Hitting

We currently have a few players on our boys AAA Team including my own son that Seem to hit very very good in the Cage. The problem is they dont bring that same swing to the field. Its almost as if they are scared to miss the ball on the field so they are holding back and not putting forth the same swing.

Has anyone else noticed this with younger players and if so what are some good ways to build the on field confidence.


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I was like that. I could rake in the cage, but I think the fear of the unknown pitch made me hesitant in the batter's box. This may be the same thing going on with your players.


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Yeah that seems to be whats going on with them. I thought about doing the deflated basketball Tee Drill on the field while there at the plate to try to build there confidence and to show them that they can actually swing hard while at the plate. That and letting them see more live pitching in practice.
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Yeah that seems to be whats going on with them. I thought about doing the deflated basketball Tee Drill on the field while there at the plate to try to build there confidence and to show them that they can actually swing hard while at the plate. That and letting them see more live pitching in practice.
I like your ideas. definitely introduce more live pitching in practice.


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Got Hardy said it best. I was the same way when I was young.
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Same here. I was a beast in the cage. And Soft toss but my swing was different on game day. There thinking to much.


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Thanks for the replies fellas. I Started my son on the Tee Drills with the deflated basketball over the weekend.So far it seems to be helping with his swing and willingness to swing hard at the plate. Luckily we have never had an issue with contact, its just getting a good hard swing while at the plate. We will have to see if this converts to onfield live pitching.

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you just need to tell him to stop thinking and play. thats when i have played my best.


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you also need to throw some bp to him. i usually just do short toss to work on my swing.


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cage and on the field

In the cage, the target is the pitcher's "L" screen or the back end of the cage. That is not very far. You will find that the young guys and gals develop a slower smoother stroke after a while in the cage. Particularly if you are using indoor cages, the sound of their hits are deafening to them, and they will begin to feel like a superhero. Both player and coach can be fooled by this. Once you get them outdoors and they see that their hits are barely leaving the infield; yes, most players will settle for any hit at all. They will start trying to compete with Ichiro, even though Ichiro has been hitting 500 baseballs a day since he was 7 years old. What they do not know is, Ichiro hits a couple out of the park during every batting practice. He has his high percentage swing, and his Sac Fly swing.

You have to get the American boys outside on the Diamond and make them understand how hard it is to hit a ball out of the park. Maybe, if they are lucky, they have been hitting 100 or 200 balls and using up two hours. That isn't 500 and 5 hours. Some of them will develop a state of denial once they get outdoors, but if you keep asking them where that last hit landed; they will start to put some leg and hip into it. If you used a pitching machine indoors, then use it outdoors too. Do not expect them to hit everything that is coming into all nine zones when they have only been hitting out of two or three zones indoors. Don't ask them for a home run just because they have been putting in some cage time, just ask them to improve their distance on their hits. It will not take more than a couple weeks to see them hit a long ball.

(you are probably telling yourself you cannot wait two weeks, but the truth is: the professionals want fifty outdoor "game type" at bats during Spring Training. Any less, and most of them are not ready to be in the line-up on Opening Day.)

Players like Chone Figgins are a result of too much cage and not enough try. The guy has no power from either side of the plate; but fools a lot of batting coaches in the cage. Yes he is making contact, but the ball lands at 200 feet mark outdoors. He does a little better when they are serving him up those softies in BP, but not much. His coach could be asking him to participate in a good weight program, but the M's are probably the dumbest team in baseball. They are going to be busy asking him to play Center Field instead of asking him for a 200 pound bench press.
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