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13 Reasons Why Pro Baseball Can't Teach Hitting

13 Reasons Why Pro Baseball Can't Teach Hitting

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Why Hitting Prospects Fail - This article will explain how a talented hitter fails in professional baseball, and why the system is inadequate to help him.
Why Hitting Prospects Fail - This article will explain how a talented hitter fails in professional baseball, and why the system is inadequate to help him.

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13 Reasons Why Pro Baseball Can't TeachHitting
Coach Rob Ellis
Why Hitting Prospects Fail
This article will explain how a talented hitter fails in professional baseball, and why the systemis inadequate to help him.
 Joe Linedrive leads the SEC in home runs, RBI, and is second in batting average. Joe is a topdraft choice. He signs a bonus contract. The club has indicated that he is their third baseman of the future.Joe's first year in pro ball is not a disappointment, but it isn't all the club thought it would be. Itwas good enough to get his feet wet, good enough to build upon. His next season would be better.Two months into the next season, Joe settles down in the .260 range. His college power is downas well. Strikeouts have become a problem. It's too soon for "Wait until next season." That phraseis already a year old.Joe's agent naturally counted on having a solid big league third baseman in his stable. Heconsults Joe to find out what is going on. Joe is vague. His agent asks about the hitting instructor since Joe is a priority. Joe says they are trying some things, but he's a bit vague about that too.Joe has a hard time putting the remedies into words, something that shouldn't be hard if heunderstands them. The agent wonders about the instruction he is getting. He can't conceive thatJoe is more or less on his own, not after a six figure bonus.Joe's season ends in mediocrity. Sure he hit 10 home runs, and he finished at .266, but those arehardly the numbers he is capable of compiling.In the off-season, Joe has a long talk with his agent. His agent wants to know what can be doneto realize his potential, particularly how he can hit more home runs. Joe isn't sure. In fact, hecan't even state his hitting problems clearly, let alone solutions. What, asks his agent, has thehitting coach suggested? Joe explains in a couple buzz-word phrases. Asked to elaborate, Joecan't. He can't state problems, solution, goals, or even something to work on in the off-season. Itis like he has gotten no instruction at all.Joe has a universal hitting problem. His style began when his dad threw him underhand tosseswhen he was five. The ball came in like it was falling off the house roof. So he swung up to hit it.The first little league tosses came in the same way, and up he swung to hit them. The high school pitching straightened out a bit, but the featherweight metal bat was there to cover up thedeficient, low-to-high, uphill swing plane he had grooved. And Joe was a man among boys; hisstrength made that metal bat hum. The combination of his strength and the featherweight bateven fooled the scouts into thinking he had bat speed that would convert to wood.
Then came the day Joe got wood in his hands. Gone was the huge metal-bat sweet spot. Gonewas the featherweight bat that allowed him to get away with imprecise hitting mechanics. Andnow the fast, tough pitching.The conclusion is simple: it happens to every player who grooved his hitting mechanics with ametal bat. Joe never converted from little boy, metal bat mechanics to professional, precisionmechanics. The metal bat never let him learn to use his hands correctly or develop an effectiveswing plane.The habits are grooved so deeply that Joe is clueless on how to get out of it. Joe's hittinginstructor, a man whose skill is in getting and keeping a professional hitting coach's job, notteaching hitting, is as baffled as Joe. Joe is cut off from the correct mechanical solutions to hishitting problems.The only solution Joe has is this: He must increase his strength exponentially to "muscle" thewooden bat as he did the aluminum bat. His first step? Find the lightest wooden bat he can untilthe over-the-counter steroids kick in. Joe is too young to think any more constructively than this.Joe's agent knows that continuing like he is, Joe will fail. The agent senses that Joe would be ableto figure it out in time. After all, he has some ability. But his agent also knows that time islimited for minor league players who are not progressing.Joe has all the signs of being on the conveyer belt that deposits talented but lost players into thetrash can. And the hitting instructors can't shut off the switch. Talking to Joe has made that clear.The question is, what does Joe do? What does Joe's agent, in charge of his professional well- being, do?Joe is but one of many professional problem hitters: the can't miss player who is missing, thedraft pick who can't break .200, the fringe major leaguer who can't hit his way onto the 25-manroster, the promising five-tool player who is sputtering, the eight-year big leaguer who's numbershave sunk to a vulnerable level.All of these players have one thing in common. They have all gone through a major leagueorganization which cannot help their hitting problems. They have gone through a system which bluffs its way through hitting instruction, never imparting anything solid. The hitting coaches areall great guys, they just don't have anything to help a player. Essentially, the players are on their own, and their own way is not only limited, it isn't working.What do these hitters do? Where do they go when their own organizations can't help them?
13 Reasons why Professional Baseball Cannot Offer Competent Hitting Instruction
This article will not surprise astute people who are aware of: 1) the tendency toward humanincompetence, and 2) the reasons for human inadequacy. The astute person already knows theforces below are at work in every human endeavor, every profession. This is not an indictment
against anything, it is merely the human condition. What this article does is describe this processwithin the game of baseball.
 Confirm the following with your player or players:A.There is, for all practical purposes, no effective coaching in the minor leagues. None, nada.Yes, there is an exception here and there but generally it is hit-and mostly miss, wellintentioned but off the mark, spotty, weak, and half-assed attempts at giving a player something correct that will make him better.B.To fill the void of coaching in professional baseball, the "coaches" deliver management--rote drilling and evaluation reports.C.The best coaching in baseball is done at the college level. Rarely, if ever, does professionalcoaching extend college coaching.D.The player who signs out of high school will receive essentially no effective coaching for the duration of his career.E.Professional hitting coaches are not teachers. They are superior "talkers", i.e. bullshi**ers.Much of the following information deals with minor league instruction. This is because theminor leagues is where all non-coaching begins. To extend the reasoning into the major leagues,simply upgrade the rank of the persons mentioned.
13 Reasons Why Professional Baseball Cannot Teach Hitting
1. Job Security Issues
The primary goal in every coach's mind is keeping his job. Not wearing the uniform scares thehell out of him.Coaching baseball is a relatively simple, subjective profession. Many, many people are qualifiedto coach baseball, huge numbers are waiting in the wings, and this makes coaches nervous. Therequirements for keeping the job become:a.pleasing the Minor League Development Director (MLDD) or General Manager (GM); b.following Company Line Instruction, i.e. basic teaching principles;c.being liked by the players;d.being perceived by the scouting staff as not interfering with the development of their bonus prospects;e.not teaching something different than the "best" coaches on the staff (i.e. management'sfavorites);f.assuming the proper place in the coaching hierarchy and paying homage to the "best"coaches and front office personnel.Every coach would like to see his players improve, but this always takes a back seat to jobsecurity issues. This is merely the principle of playing it safe in a highly subjective profession.

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