Frame by Frame: Anthony Rizzo

For this edition of the eCoach breakdown, we decided to use Anthony Rizzo, one of the stars of the defending world champion Chicago Cubs. Rizzo has been one of the game’s best young hitters for the last four years but after a clutch run through the postseason, he has officially established himself as a star!

Part of the process of going from young stud to established star is to become more competitive and do more damage with two strikes. Some noticeable adjustments that Rizzo has made over the years is to get closer to the plate and choke up on the bat. Getting closer to the plate allows him to cover the outside corner easily and choking up provides more barrel control and a shorter path if the ball runs inside.

Let’s take a look at a swing from earlier this year and see how Rizzo makes a pitcher pay who tries to go in with two strikes… Continue reading

Fall 2014 recap

fall14Publisher Keith Madison wants us to enjoy the ride. Don’t miss his take on what every player needs.

We heard what our readers would do if they called the shots in our Fall 2014 From the Bleachers. Our 3 up, 3 down section covered what baseball’s past three commissioners have done in office.

Coaches Corner featured Top Coach Podcast‘s Jack Warren.

We know that recruiting is a two-way street, and coaches from across the country chimed in on how to get recruited.

New Mexico State head coach Brian Green was the subject of an excellent Inside Interview.

Read why Eddie Comeaux thinks that Little League World Series players should be compensated, and check out Louisville Slugger’s 2015 performance bats.

The ultimate walk-off was registered towards the end of the 2014 season. Did you miss it?

Drs. Michael Ciccotti and Ben Kibler address the arm injury epidemic in Part 1 of our Arm care double feature.

Also don’t miss three resolutions we should all try, Chris Burke’s Frame by Frame breakdown of Giancarlo’s Ground Force, how to love the game more by playing it less, and the ABCA offering clinic videos to all.

Keep your internet browsers pointed this way for all the Winter 2015 articles coming soon!