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[VIDEO] MLB Develops + USA Baseball Host STATES PLAY Tournament, FungoMan Provides The Fungoes

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Last week FungoMan participated in STATES PLAY, a tournament hosted by MLB Develops and USA Baseball, highlighting the best seniors of California and Texas.

Dallas, TX: At Mercy Street Sports ComplexTexas Rangers Youth AcademyMLB Develops served this year's top high school prospects with premiere opportunity to train with FungoMan, an automated fielding and pitching baseball machine, and showcase their talent.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM THEIR ELITE PRACTICE

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Topics: MLB, USA Baseball, MLB Youth Academy, MLB Develops

[MLB VIDEO] GOAT's Talk Hitting: Alex Rodriguez and Mike Trout In the Cage

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 10, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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!

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Topics: Hitting Drills, MLB, Hitting

[Video] Giving Equal Opportunity in Baseball Practice: NOLA MLB Youth Academy

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on May 17, 2018 8:34:37 AM

There's nothing quite like the frustration of getting a terrible feed in practice.

When you're working on backhands, and the feeds are not appropriately challenging (too difficult or too easy), the result shows minimal improvement. Redundant at best. If optimal growth and stretch happens in that small window of just beyond your reach, then the feeds should reflect that same approach. Specificity. Stretch. Resulting in growth.

MLB's Youth Academy in New Orleans just gave equal opportunity to their players with consistent feeds and guaranteed growth. Watch the VIDEO HERE!

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Topics: MLB, Youth Baseball, MLB Urban Youth Academy NEW ORLEANS, Youth Baseball Practice

MLB Youth Academy in Compton Meets FungoMan

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

MLB Youth Academy in Compton, CA just got a FungoMan, and it's up and running.

"As a not-for-profit organization, the Urban Youth Academy aims to set the standard for baseball and softball instruction, teach and educate in Urban America, and enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities." The MLB Youth Academy in Compton is doing exactly that.

Watch our latest short video of our trip to the Urban Youth Academy facility to see the work Darrell Miller and his staff are doing with their group of talented, hungry players. 

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Topics: MLB, Urban Youth Academy, MLB Urban Youth Academy COMPTON

FungoMan Supports MLB Urban Youth Academy [PRESS RELEASE]

Posted by Romy Cucjen on Feb 22, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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Topics: MLB, Urban Youth Academy, MLB Urban Youth Academy NEW ORLEANS

A Scout of Greatness: Mel Didier [Video Tribute]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM

It's October 15, 2017 at Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles's Justin Turner has just hit a walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs to send them to the World Series.

Rewind 29 years, and it's 1988 at Dodger Stadium and Kirk Gibson has just hit a walk off home run against the Oakland A's Dennis Eckersley, on a 3-2 count slider. When you watch the replay of this moment, it's looks as if Gibson knew what was coming...and you know what? He did, thanks to Mel Didier. 

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Topics: Baseball, Major League Baseball, MLB, Mel Didier

Hand and Glove Positioning With the Masters [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Baseball culture throws around the compliment "he's got good hands" like it's something only a few innately talented players possess. But who's to say, those hands didn't become that way without purposeful practice?

A baseball player's hands are arguably some of his greatest tools; after all, your hands catch with a leather glove, throw a 108-stitched ball, and grip a bat, making up the primary actions of baseball.

Let's take a look at a few little details that go into making your hands some of your greatest assets on the field.

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Topics: baseball drills, MLB, Infielding, Infield Drill

The Kyle Schwarber Story: How To Comeback

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Nov 1, 2016 11:54:06 AM

Take a seat folks, because class is now in session with Professor Kyle Schwarber on deck, schooling us all on the art of comeback. 

This is no ordinary Comeback Course. What we have here is a front row seat to witness a legendary story and learn what it means to be a 23-year-old legend in the making. And with Game 6 on the horizon tonight, you and I will get schooled again by everyone's favorite designated hitter for the Chicago Cubs.

Grab a pen and pad, 'cause Schwarber's got some things to share with every kid who's gone through injury, still dreaming of performing on baseball's biggest and brightest stage.

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Topics: MLB, World Series, Kyle Schwarber

Baseball's Statistical Revolution: What It Is & Why You Should Care [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 27, 2016 3:01:38 PM

Every smart coach wants to develop skill in players that he hopes will put their team in a winning position on every play. 

In the age of Moneyball and MLB Statcast, the data captured for entertainment and competitive purposes alike, have opened up new ways of thinking about developing skill and maximizing talent.

According to the architects at MLB Statcast uses the same technology that tracks debris during the launch of space shuttles to change the way we watch baseball on TV.

Thanks to this technology, organizations are giving overlooked talent a second chance to compete in the Major Leagues, because the data shows the potential of players where we might not expect to find it.

The smart data revolution has fundamentally changed the way we watch a baseball game on television; could it change the way we think about other aspects of the game?

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Topics: Baseball Training, Baseball, FungoMan, MLB, Statcast

Baseball Statcast: Do You Know This Year's Leaderboard? [Quiz]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Sep 8, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 

Statistics and analytics are here. Take this quiz to see where you're at on the latest numbers.

Using the Statcast Leaderboard at MLB.com, we've lassoed in some data, now we need your answers. Time to test your knowledge not your ability to look up the answers.

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Topics: MLB, Statcast, Baseball Leaderboard, Baseball Analytics

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