It’s no shock that you get hot and sweaty playing baseball in North Carolina during the summer. As Kyle Davis wrote about feeling for baseball players playing the game during the heat, “…they do it while wearing like, full-length pants. In uniforms made out of polyester, and dark hats made of wool covering their heads. MLB players walk around in sweltering, unforgiving heat, basically wearing a heavy sun and warmth absorption costume. And they still run around and swing bats and throw baseballs just fine. They stand out in the middle of a grass and dirt field with literally nowhere else to go and no escape. They just have to stay there, flesh afire. It makes no effing sense!“Continue reading “Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke”
The #1 seed 40+ Sanford Marlins knocked off the #2 seed 40+ Premier Orioles in two straight games at USA Baseball Complex to win the 40+ Central North Carolina MSBL Championship for the second year in a row.Continue reading “Sanford Marlins Defend Title by defeating the Premier Orioles to Win 40+ Championship”
The Holly Springs Senators repeated as the champions in the over 50 division in a head to head match up with the Alamance Giants. The Senators and the Giants also faced off in last year’s championship series with the Senators coming out on top. This year was a 2 game sweep for the Senators.Continue reading “Senators Win Back-to-back 50+ Division Titles”
Regardless if you are a smoker, you have been told over and over that it’s bad for you. While the statistics bear that out, smokers tend to die about 10 years earlier than non-smokers, what about the impact it has on your ability to play baseball?Continue reading “Playing Baseball & Smoking”
“Widen Your Stance!” “Move Up!” “Move Back!” “Choke Up!” “Stay Late!”
Do you hear these coaching cues during games? More than likely when your son or daughter has two strikes these are the things yelled to them. Yes, they are common. But are they correct?Continue reading “What’s Your 2 Strike Approach to Hitting?”
Even a casual fan has heard all the talk about launch angle over the past few years. I wondered about how it could impact a normal men’s league player.Continue reading “Launch Angle for Dummies”
Back in 1965, your choice for baseball bats was fairly straight-forward. Did you prefer the Louisville Slugger like Mickey Mantle used or the Adirondack like Willie Mays. Both were made from select ash.
At the turn of the 21st century, Barry Bonds home run exploits put the spotlight on the bat he was using, and it was made out of maple.
Birch, which is more flexible like ash and dense like maple, is starting to be picked up by a growing number of big leaguers. It recently passed ash as the number two type of bat in the MLB.Continue reading “Ash vs Maple vs Birch Wood Baseball Bats”
Starting on Friday, March 22, and running through May 11, Picturing America’s Pastime will feature 51 framed photographs representing the Baseball Hall of Fame’s collection of approximately a quarter million images at the Fayetteville Art Council located at 301 Hay Street [map]. As an extension of the Museum’s exhibit in Cooperstown, the touring version of Picturing America’s Pastime captures the essence of an exhibit designed to show the historic link between the two American passions – baseball and photography.Continue reading “Baseball Hall of Fame in Fayetteville”
Baseball teams have been shifting defensively forever. Most of us think of the modern idea of a defensive infield shift started with Lou Boudreau and what became known as the “William’s Shift” in 1946.
The first time Williams came up against this shift, he hit the ball right to Boudreau himself, standing directly between first and second base.
From that moment on, teams shifted on Williams for the rest of his career. The shift was so common that Williams once estimated it lopped about 15 points off of his lifetime batting average, and he wasn’t far off: his career splits before and after that season showed a difference of 16 points.Continue reading “Should Your Team Be Shifting More?”