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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

10 Unbelievable Barehanded Plays That Got Outs [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on May 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM

DISCLAIMER: Fundamentals should always be stressed at every level of play. Over the course of the season, those who execute with great fundamentals will always end up with better results than those who seek cavalier showmanship.

HOWEVER, there are game times, when the situation presents itself, and there is no alternative course of action besides figuring out a way to make the play on the fly, on the run, or both.

Here are a few impressively, unbelievable barehanded plays that got outs.

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Topics: Baseball, baseball players

You Need To Know This Baseball Guy [Jerry Manuel Foundation]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Every so often, we hear baseball stories that move us. This one isn't happening under the bright lights of the Major League stage.

This is a story unfolding in Sacramento, CA, where urban youth are given an opportunity to receive Charter School quality education, while receiving elite baseball training from the legendary Jerry Manuel and his team.

Get inspired by how Jerry Manuel is using baseball to build character in the next generation of young men in life and the game.

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Topics: Baseball, Baseball Coaching, Jerry Manuel Foundation

Individual Practice Ideas with FungoMan [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

While other kids were watching Cable TV growing up, I remember watching the YES Network documentaries of Yankee greats, including the likes of Don Mattingly.

I'll never forget hearing Mattingly talk about how obsessed he was with baseball in high school. He credits his high school coach for his unparalleled work ethic, challenging him to be the best on his team, best in his city, and best in the state, etc., etc.

You wouldn't find Mattingly with other students at the cafeteria during lunch hour. You'd find him in the indoor batting cage set up in the basketball gymnasium.

Those individual practice sessions during lunch period are the gems we at FungoMan value most in the makeup of a player's development.

Check out the ways players are capitalizing on individual practice.

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Topics: Baseball, baseball drills, Individual Baseball Drills

Outstanding Outfield Drills with Coach Trent Mongero [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If outfield work brings to mind standing around and picking daisies, our take on outfield drills is anything but.

Case in point: this hustle hard series of outfield drills is a sure fire way to spruce up your outfielders practice regiment. Get ready to stretch your range, own the warning track, and rob homeruns.

Author of the Outfielding Drills eBook below and Coach, Trent Mongero's outfielder Dylan Lavendar made the Top 10 ESPN Play of the Week TWICE. Check it out!

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Topics: Baseball, Trent Mongero, Outfield Drill