By Dirk Hayhurst
"Dirk Hayhurst has performed it back. . .Turns out he's a starter and a closer."
—Tim Kurkjian, ESPN
As a big and not-so-major league pitcher, Dirk Hayhurst has realized to grasp greater than notable out batters. whereas watching for his identify to be known as within the bullpen, he honed his presents as a storyteller, one the hot York instances calls the "best author in a baseball uniform." during this usually hilarious choice of adventures off and on the diamond, Dirk information the intricacies of pulling off an epic staff prank, whether it's at his personal fee; the paintings of making definitely the right specialist baseball nickname; his comically useless makes an attempt at writing romance novels; and the weird story within which a undergo will get punched within the face (yes, really). regardless of how wild his tale, Dirk proves once more he understands that it's all within the delivery.
"I locate his writing either enjoyable and notion frightening. . .unlike his fastball."
—Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays All-Star
"Dirk Hayhurst writes approximately baseball in a special manner. Observant, insightful, human, and hilarious."
"Hayhurst offers an pleasing tale for greater than simply activities fans."
—Jordan Bastian, MLB.com
"Hayhurst explains lifestyles within the minors and the key leagues like you've by no means learn it before."
—J. J. Cooper, Baseball America
"Insight and humor from the pitcher's mound."
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Players can continue working at home on the various techniques used during practice. A good way to practice baseball is by using visualization. Players should close their eyes and visualize fielding, catching and hitting. After they have visualized the process, they should practice these steps without a ball. " A mirror is another excellent practice tool. By practicing their batting stance and swing in front of a mirror, players can check their technique. Players can also use a great deal of the equipment explained in this book at home.
Several drills can be used to correct a round or long swing. Fence Drill (Diagram 5-6): Batter should stand facing a fence, one bat-length away. Batters should take their normal swings while trying not to hit the fence with their bat (an old bat should be used for this drill). Batters should stride normally in a straight line parallel to the fence. To make sure they are striding correctly, batters can draw a line, even with their feet, parallel to the fence, and stride along this line. Diagram 5-6.
A piece of chalk or tape can mark the tire to give players an aiming point on the tire to hit. This practice tool is particularly useful for older players. Because it can place excessive demands on a player's arms, this tool may not be appropriate for younger players. Special care should be taken if it is used with pre-high school aged players. Diagram 3-5. A tire batting practice tool can be used to build muscular stamina in a player's arms. Approximately 3½ feet of PVC pipe that will attach to the two joints.