“How many swings you take this week?” is one of the first questions I ask of my students. After hearing their answer, I follow that up with I hope you took that many ground balls or fly balls too. That statement about the defensive baseball side usually surprises them. The one thing I want young baseball players to understand is that making the routine plays will keep you in the lineup more than making the occasional great play and almost as much as hitting efficiency. Most youth players and their parents think the key to success is with hitting, but many players can swing the bat come high school. Not a lot of them can save runs on the defensive end though. Some degree of hitting success is necessary but most experienced baseball coaches value players that can get outs on the defensive side of the ball.

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Defensive baseball tip of the day

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