Improving as a hitter isn't limited to the number of at bats you personally have in the game for one simple reason: Hitting is as much or more of a mental game as it is physical. Young hitters often feel like their only opportunity to get better lies when they are in the batter's box. Hitters develop into great, seasoned hitters by making every team member's at bats part of their own personal development.
Let's take notes. A-Rod and Trout are here to talk BP, and we got a hunch you might want to hear their conversation in the cage. With a career batting average of .295 over 22 years, Alex Rodriguez interviews Mike Trout standing with .309 batting average over 7 years to talk BP, pre-game, and high and low pitches.
WATCH their interview and check out our footnotes below!
Ted Williams once said, "The greatest name in American sports history is Babe Ruth, a hitter." Pretty cool statement coming from the guy who hit over .400 in the Big Leagues.
Among other All-century players, Ted Williams used to talk about hitting the ball so hard and so good that he could smell the burn of how perfectly the ball made contact with the wood of his bat.
Hank Aaron cracked the bat so hard over a row of trailers that bordered the outfield fence that Ted Williams came running out from the clubhouse wanting to know who it was that could make a bat sound that way when it struck a baseball.
And the legends go on and on. The great hitters of the game must have something in common, and their peers and many young players have studied their swings and approaches for decades.
We've rallied up a few simple answers from the greats to answer the question: what are some practical ways of hitting the ball harder, faster, and farther? Check out these hitting concepts below.