Thursday, May 19, 2022

Baseball positions


In the sport of baseball, each of the nine players on a team is assigned a particular fielding position when it is their turn to play defense. Each position conventionally has an associated number, for use in scorekeeping by the official scorer: 1 (pitcher), 2 (catcher), 3 (first baseman), 4 (second baseman), 5 (third baseman), 6 (shortstop), 7 (left fielder) 8 (center fielder), and 9 (right fielder). Collectively, these positions are usually grouped into three groups: the outfield (left field, center field, and right field), the infield (first base, second base, third base, and shortstop), and the battery (pitcher and catcher). Traditionally, players within each group will often be more able to exchange positions easily (that is, a second baseman can usually play shortstop well, and a center fielder can also be expected to play right field); however, the pitcher and catcher are highly specialized positions and rarely will play at other positions.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Hitting Tunnels


The Baseball Barn (BB) has five hitting tunnels equipped with everything needed to get your hitting workout in (baseballs, softballs, L-Screen, tee and hitting mat). Come hit off the tee, bring your parent, coach or friend to throw live pitches to you or soft toss to you. These hitting tunnels will help you work on your hitting. Come in today and see how effective a 30 or 60 minute session can be.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Bat-and-ball games


Bat-and-ball games (or safe haven games) are field games played by two opposing teams, in which the action starts when the defending team throws a ball at a dedicated player of the attacking team, who tries to hit it with a bat and run between various safe areas in the field to score runs (points), while the defending team can use the ball in various ways against the attacking team's players to force them off the field when they are not in safe zones, and thus prevent them from further scoring. The best known modern bat-and-ball games are cricket and baseball, with common roots in the 18th-century games played in England.

The teams alternate between "batting" (offensive) role, sometimes called "in at bat" or simply in, and "fielding" (defensive role), also called "out in the field" or out. Only the batting team may score, but teams have equal opportunities in both roles. The game is counted rather than timed. The action starts when a player on the fielding team puts the ball in play with a delivery whose restriction depends on the game. A player on the batting team attempts to strike the delivered ball, commonly with a "bat", which is a club governed by the rules of the game. The batter generally has an obligation to hit certain balls that are delivered within their reach (i.e. balls aimed at a designated area, known as the strike zone or wicket), and must hit the ball so that it is not caught by a fielder before it bounces. After striking the ball, the batter may become a runner trying to reach a safe haven or "base"/"ground". While in contact with a base, the runner is safe from the fielding team and in a position to score runs. Leaving a safe haven places the runner in danger of being put out (eliminated). The teams switch roles when the fielding team puts enough of the batting team's players out, which varies by game.

In modern baseball, the fielders put three players out. In cricket, they "dismiss" all players but one, though in some forms of cricket, there is also a limit on the number of legal deliveries that the fielding team needs to perform, such that they can become the batting team without getting anyone out. In many forms of early American baseball (townball, roundball), a single out ended the inning. Some games permit multiple runners and some have multiple bases to run in sequence. Batting may occur, and running begin (and potentially end), at one of the bases. The movement between those "safe havens" is governed by the rules of the particular sport. The game ends when the losing team has completed a certain number of innings (batting turns).

Some variations of bat-and-ball games do not feature bats, with the batter instead using their body to hit the ball. Other variations give the batter possession of the ball at the start of each play, eliminating the defensive team's role in starting the action.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Batting Cage Rentals


The Baseball Barn (BB) has two fixed batting cages that each feature JUGS™ pitching machines. These machines can be configured for either baseball or softball and can be adjusted to speeds of 15-60 mph. These machines will give you a consistent delivery to allow you to focus on your swing.

• 2 cages equipped with Juggs Pitching Machines*
• Adjustable Speeds

*Please note that you will need to have someone with you over the age of 15 to feed the Juggs machine.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

How playing sports benefits your body ... and your brain - Leah Lagos an...


The victory of the underdog. The last minute penalty shot that wins the tournament. The training montage. Many people love to glorify victory on the field, cheer for teams, and play sports. But should we be obsessed with sports? Are sports as good for us as we make them out to be, or are they just a fun and entertaining pastime? Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh show what science has to say on the matter. 

Lesson by Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh, animation by Kozmonot Animation Studio.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

About Us

The Baseball Barn (BB) was founded on the principal that passionate, dedicated, and intelligent training are the keys to improving performance. The BB is a premier baseball/softball training facility, where athletes of all ages and skill levels can come to improve their game. Whatever your training needs:

• Batting Cage Rentals

• Pitching Practice

• Conditioning, Strength & Agility Training

• Mental Focus Training

• Full Team Practices

• Group Camps/Clinics

• Individual Instruction in Pitching, Fielding, and Hitting with a Master Certified Epstein Hitting Instructor.

The Baseball Barn has got you covered. Come check out our facility and see for yourself how the BB can help you take your game to the next level and beyond.

It’s not a question of can you… It’s a question of will you?

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Schedule Your Time With Us.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Shoeless Joe Jackson


The Shoeless Joe Jackson Story.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Set and Windup Pitching Styles

Both types of pitching position have their strengths and weaknesses. Compared to the set, the windup has a relatively slower execution, and it is therefore better suited for situations in which there are no baserunners or when the lead runner is on third base, because it is difficult to steal home plate. Conversely, a pitch from the set, having a relatively faster execution, is preferred when there are baserunners. Faster execution is important to prevent stolen bases.

However, some pitchers, particularly relief pitchers, are more comfortable pitching from the set position and thus use it regardless of the situation. Whether a pitcher starts from the windup or the stretch is all about what feels best for their own personal preference. The reason more than half of pitchers start from the windup position is because that type of motion gets a little bit more of a rhythm going before pitching.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Pricing

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Pitching Positions : Windup

 

A pitcher is in the windup when, with the ball, the pitcher stands on or directly in front of the pitching rubber, located at the top of the mound, with their feet pointing toward home plate. Prior to throwing a pitch, the pitcher has the option of taking one step back toward second base or to either side, using their free leg (left leg for a right-handed pitcher). During the delivery of the pitch, the pitcher must take one step forward, in the direction of home plate. Alternatively, the pitcher may step off the rubber with their pivot foot (the right foot, for right-handed pitchers) or step toward and throw or feign a throw to a base, subject to the balk rules. The balk rules do not apply if there are no runners on base. In the windup, the time of pitch is the instant when one of the following occurs: the pitcher commits to taking a step backward, or they take a step to the side, or bring their hands together.

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Barn News

Barn values: Individual, SMALL GROUP (2-4 PLAYERS) AND TEAM Hitting Instruction Work with one of a select few Epstein Hitting Master Certified Instructors

Identify and find the fix for your swing flaws through video analysis.

Rick Stassi: Stassi Training for Speed, Agility, Strength, Power and Stamina gained through training without weights using ‘science’ backed techniques.

Pitching Instruction: Work with one of Solano County’s top pitching instructors - identify and find the fix for your pitching flaws through video.

  • 6-Hitting tunnels including 2 self-feed pitching machines and pitching tunnel.
  • Remember, we also offer hitting and pitching packages to include hitting lesson packages.
  • Weekly and bi-Weekly camps available starting end of December through 2022.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

The Slowest Pitches In Baseball History


Enjoy The Slowest Pitches In Baseball History!

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Pitching Positions : Set

A pitcher is in the set when, with the ball, they stand on, or directly in front of—and touching—the pitching rubber, with their toes pointing toward the side (toward third base for a right-handed pitcher) and their arms apart at their sides. This initial part of the set is called the stretch, because the pitcher usually stretches toward home plate to take signs from the catcher. At this point, the pitcher may make any number of preparatory movements necessary for delivering the pitch. Delivery begins when the pitcher brings their arms together in front of their body (a movement punctuated with a discernible pause). This is called coming set. After coming set, the pitcher takes a step toward home and delivers the pitch. Typically, pitchers from the set use a high leg kick, thus lunging toward home in pitching; a pitcher may instead release the ball more quickly by using the slide step, quickly stepping directly and immediately toward home and pitching. In the set position, the time of pitch is that instant when the pitcher makes a move toward home plate after coming set.

As with the windup, prior to the time of pitch, the pitcher may step toward and throw or feign a throw to a base, subject to the balk rules, or disengage the rubber by stepping back (toward second base) with their pivot foot.

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Hitting Lane Rental Packages (not lessons) – SAVE $$$


5 sessions - $118.75 SAVE 5%

10 sessions - $225 SAVE 10%

15 sessions - $318.75 SAVE 15 %

20+ sessions - $400+ SAVE 20% - BEST VALUE

(Lane rental times subject to availability. Sessions are 30min each)


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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Total Hitting Evaluation Session with Coach Rich


INCLUDES:
Full Video Analysis of swing with voice over annotation
45 min one on one analysis and hitting lesson
Includes full report on swing and training plan
$75 for hitters of all ages

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

NEW Training Camps

  • Speed, Agility and Arm Conditioning/Throwing with Rick Stassi. 
  • Baseball Skills with 30 year SCC Coach Ron Saiz. 
  • Hitting with Rich Lovell-owner of BB and12 year Epstein Hitting Instructor and will include video analysis, drills & hitting station.

Clinics will be held on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Starting April 3, 2022 from 8:30am to 10:30am

Sign-ups through the Baseball Barn Online Planner

Clinic is only $45 register now!

Drop Ins are also welcome*

*Drop in participants are subject to availability&does not guarantee spot in the clinic*

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

What is New at The Baseball-Softball Barn? Lots!

Hitting Lessons: Individual, Small Group or Team. Contact Rich directly at 707-290-9731 for small group and team hitting for scheduling and pricing.

The Baseball-Softball Barn offers Pitching and Hitting Evaluations/Lessons with video analysis. Rich Lovell is a 12 year Epstein Certified Instructor and is one of Jake Epstein’s Master certified instructors. Lessons include video homework-drills for continued improvement between sessions.

Individual hitting lessons can be scheduled thru the Baseball-Softball Barn’s Online Planner.

For ALL Group & Team Instruction: Contact Rich Lovell at 707-290-9731 for scheduling and pricing.

Make your reservation today and come visit us at The Baseball Barn.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Pitching Positions

There are two legal pitching positions:

  • the windup
  • the set which is often referred to as the "stretch"

Typically, pitchers from the set use a high leg kick, but may instead release the ball more quickly by using the slide step.

Read more, here.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

1920–1975: Rotational hitting – Baseball’s “Golden Era"

In 1910, the cork-centered baseball was introduced and the game became livelier and the pace quickened. Babe Ruth came on the scene and single-handedly introduced a whole new style of play with the home run. Fenced-in ballparks took the place of the large open fields. The change in venues helped seal the demise of linear hitting.

Starting in 1920, the game would change forever. Or, at least until 1975.

As discussed earlier, rotational hitting is somewhat similar to linear hitting. As in linear hitting, there is also a “weight-shift" executed in rotational hitting. However, this is where the similarity ends. Perhaps the best way to describe the difference is with an illustration.

“Shoeless" Joe Jackson is generally credited with being baseball’s first “rotational" hitter. (In those days, it was called “pivot hitting.") He was considered the first “average and power" hitter of the twentieth century. I don’t think there is any question that had he not been expelled for allegedly gambling from major league baseball at the tender age of 31, that the numbers he put up in his career would be even more eye-popping.

In 1911, Jackson’s first full major league season, he hit .408. Military service interrupted his career in 1918 and the Black Sox Scandal ended it after the 1920 season. In his nine full seasons, he averaged 190 hits and 60 extra-base hits. His .356 lifetime batting average was lower than Cobb’s (.367), but his slugging percentage of (.518) was a few points higher. In 1920, he hit .382 with 12 home runs and a .589 slugging percentage. Had he not been banned from baseball, his power numbers would have been even more impressive.

His hitting technique and his fluent style at the plate caught the eye of a young Boston Red Sox rookie named Babe Ruth around 1915. Over time, Ruth emulated Jackson’s hitting movements and perfected them. As he became more proficient with the rotational technique, Ruth’s production numbers and power soared. By 1918 he was hitting 11 home runs a year. In 1919, 29. And, in 1920, he hit 59. This figure totaled more than the rest of the clubs in the American League combined!

One of the most enduring things I have found in all my years in baseball is that it is a “copy cat" game. The “best" hitter will be emulated by the other players. A few years ago, it was Barry Bonds. Today, it is Albert Pujols, Josh Donaldson, Miguel Cabrera and in 1920, it was Babe Ruth.

Interestingly, all players who are emulated seem to be power hitters. Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot ever remember the hitting mechanics of a singles/contact-type hitter being something that others have wanted to copy. Perhaps it’s too difficult to learn, not aesthetically pretty to the eye, or just not productive. My gut feeling is it’s because most hitters want to be run producers.

Ruth’s hitting dominance captivated his peers—and the fans. Attendance skyrocketed as more and more fans turned out to watch his towering home runs leave the ball park. And, as Ruth continued his hitting supremacy, more and more players emulated his hitting movements; they also wanted a piece of the action and glory.

Baseball was now heading towards its “Golden Era" of hitting. This era spawned the likes of Gehrig, Foxx, Ott, Hornsby, Greenberg, DiMaggio, Williams, Mantle, Aaron, Mays, Yastrzemski, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew. It continues today with Story, Murphy, Arenado, Davis, Stanton, Bogaerts, Pujols, A-Rod, Altuve, Pedroia, Correia, Posey, et al. All are rotational hitters. When you look at the names of the linear hitters mentioned earlier, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker and “Wee Willie" Keeler, you may shake your head and say, “Never heard of them." But we all recognize the names of the rotational hitters. The above-mentioned hitters read like a “Who’s Who" in baseball.

Why? Simply, because people remember the dominant hitters. They identify with them. These players produce the runs, make the money, and grab the headlines. And, guess what? They all shared a common technique, their hitting approaches were all rotational.

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Friday, March 11, 2022

MLB Extremely Satisfying Slow Motion Pitches


Enjoy MLB Extremely Satisfying Slow Motion Pitches!

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

1995 – Present : Rotational hitting

The current hitting “cycle" began changing in 1995, but unfortunately, many coaches have not responded to hitting’s changing conditions. Astroturf, diving into pitches, getting the weight to the front side, and swinging down, are now dinosaurs of the past, or at least should be.

In addition, we’ve got minus-3 alloy and composite bats to contend with, which make it more difficult for hitters to use linear, hands-and-arms mechanics. The weight-to-length ratio does not lend itself to hands-and-arms mechanics.

The biggest problem confronting today’s hitters is that the coaches and instructors are a product of this past generation. As a result, many teach what they learned when they played and/or repeat what they have heard. Mostly, it is because they don’t want to learn about rotational mechanics, but some are simply lazy or don’t care. The players pay for this indifference.

It’s “back to the future"

We’re in a “new-old" age of hitting now. We’ve gone back to pre-aluminum bat mechanics, back to the days of baseball’s “Golden Offensive Era" (1920-1970), and the upsurge in hitting at the major league level has been breathtaking.

Once again, smart hitters and coaches are capitalizing on baseball’s changing conditions. The outfield dimensions in today’s ball parks are much smaller, hitters are considerably bigger and stronger, infielders are more agile and athletic than ever, equipment is better, the height of the pitchers’ mound is lower, the baseball is “livelier," and the strike zones have been reduced to “postage-size" dimensions.

There is no other technique that can take advantage of all these hitter embellishments than rotational mechanics and is the reason why the hitting world is in transition.

Rotational hitting is all about high total bases. It isn’t just about hitting home runs, but more about power (as in hitting the ball “hard"), and producing runs.

As coaches, players and instructors, we must be able to see and understand the changes taking place today, because the players already see them, are emulating them, and reaping the benefits these new venues now offer.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Pitching Deliveries

The most common pitching delivery is the three-quarters delivery. Other deliveries include the submarine (underhand) and the sidearm deliveries. There is also crossfire pitching technique (delivery de facto) which only works for sidearm delivery.

A pickoff move is the motion the pitcher goes through in making pickoff.

Read more, here.

What is your pitching delivery look like and is it affective? 
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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Pre-1920 : The Linear Hitting Technique

Linear hitters do not use their total bodies in their swings. Rather, it is a “hands and arms"-type swing. As a rule, linear-type hitters have become the foundation for describing one of my three hitting types: the Singles/Contact-type hitter.

Before talking about linear hitting, it is best to define it. “Linear," by definition, means “Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight." A linear hitter starts with his weight over his rear leg and transfers his weight to a point over his front leg as he swings. It is a straight-line, back-to-front movement.

For many reasons, the linear hitting approach was the technique of choice before 1920; the singular, most important reason was that there were no outfield fences at that time.

When studying the historical transition of hitting techniques over different time periods, one thing becomes increasingly evident. Any changes made were simply “cycles" during which smart hitters adapted to playing conditions the best they could. As an example, the “Dead Ball Era" was, in reality, just a period during which field design and “dead" baseballs did not reward the batter who drove the ball a long way in the air. Thus, linear type hitters thrived.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Bill Ripken Breaks Down the Fastball Changeup Combo


There are a lot of Great Pitchers who throw some devastating pitches in the Majors. But sometimes the best route to take is the simplest. Bill Ripken breaks down how effective the Fastball/Changeup combo really is on MLB Tonight.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Changeups

The changeup is the staple off-speed pitch, usually thrown to look like a fastball but arriving much slower to the plate. Its reduced speed coupled with its deceptive delivery is meant to confuse the batter's timing. It is meant to be thrown the same as a fastball, but simply farther back in the hand, which makes it release from the hand slower but still retaining the look of a fastball. A changeup is generally thrown 8–15 miles per hour slower than a fastball. If thrown correctly, the changeup will confuse the batter because the human eye cannot discern that the ball is coming significantly slower until it is around 30 feet from the plate. For example, a batter swings at the ball as if it was a 90 mph fastball but it is coming at 75 mph which means he is swinging too early to hit the ball well, making the changeup very effective. The most common changeups are:

  • Circle changeup
  • Forkball
  • Fosh
  • Palmball
  • Straight changeup
  • Vulcan changeup

What is your favorite pitch? Read more, here.


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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Introduction to the Epstein Hitting System

Since baseball’s earliest beginnings, hitters have used only two hitting techniques:

Rotational and Linear

Both of these hitting techniques “weight-shift" in similar fashions. At a singular, defined point in time, the techniques dissociate and follow dissimilar paths. The rotational technique becomes circular and rotates around a stationary axis. The linear technique continues moving progressively forward (on a progressively forward-moving axis-lunging).

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

Breaking Ball

Well-thrown breaking balls have movement, usually sideways or downward. A ball "moves" due to the changes in the pressure of the air surrounding the ball as a result of the kind of pitch thrown. Therefore, the ball keeps "moving" in the path of least resistance, which constantly changes. For example, the spin from a properly thrown slider (thrown by a right-handed pitcher) results in lower air pressure on the pitcher's left side, resulting in the ball "sliding" to the left (from the pitcher's perspective). The goal is usually to make the ball difficult to hit or confusing to batters. Most breaking balls are considered off-speed pitches. The most common breaking pitches are:

  • 12–6 curveball
  • Curveball
  • Knuckle curve
  • Screwball
  • Slider
  • Slurve
Interested in learning more about different pitches? Read more, here.


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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Pricing


Please register for a FREE account to view our package discounts and schedule your time online.

Are you a Team looking for practice and/or workouts? Please call us at (707) 564-5010 to discuss our special team options.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

What a Major League Fastball Really Looks Like (POV Perspective)


Enjoy What a Major League Fastball Really Looks and Sounds Like (POV Perspective)! 

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Fastball


The fastball is the most common pitch in baseball, and most pitchers have some form of a fastball in their arsenal. Most pitchers throw four-seam fastballs. It is basically a pitch thrown very fast, generally as hard as a given pitcher can throw while maintaining control. Some variations involve movement or breaking action, some do not and are simply straight, high-speed pitches. While throwing the fastball it is very important to have proper mechanics, because this increases the chance of getting the ball to its highest velocity, making it difficult for the opposing player to hit the pitch. The cut fastball, split-finger fastball, and forkball are variations on the fastball with extra movement, and are sometimes called sinking-fastballs because of the trajectories. The most common fastball pitches are:

  • Cutter
  • Four-seam fastball
  • Sinker
  • Split-finger fastball
  • Two-seam fastball
Read more, here.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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Saturday, February 5, 2022

What is the difference between pitches? And why are there so many? | Qui...


Can you tell the difference between a curveball and a slider? What about a fastball and a changeup? You might not realize it, but small discrepancies in finger placement are the difference between a 100 mile-per-hour fastball and a 65-mile-per-hour knuckleball. On this episode of Quick Question (pres. by Apartments.com), we dive in on the evolution of pitch types, from the genesis of the fastball, to the innovation of breaking pitches like the curveball, changeup and slider. And we also analyze everyone’s favorite pitch: The Knuckler. We also examine some of the best pitchers who varied their pitch types, like Red Sox legend Pedro Martínez and Mariners great/current Braves pitcher Félix Hernández.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Pitching

In baseball, a pitch is the act of throwing a baseball toward home plate to start a play. The term comes from the Knickerbocker Rules. Originally, the ball had to be literally "pitched" underhand, as with pitching horseshoes. Overhand throwing was not allowed until 1884.

The biomechanics of pitching have been studied extensively. The phases of throwing include windup, early cocking, late cocking, early acceleration, late acceleration, deceleration, and follow-through. 

Pitchers throw a variety of pitches, each of which has a slightly different velocity, trajectory, movement, hand position, wrist position and/or arm angle. These variations are introduced to confuse the batter in various ways, and ultimately aid the defensive team in getting the batter or baserunners out. To obtain variety, and therefore enhance defensive baseball strategy, the pitcher manipulates the grip on the ball at the point of release. Variations in the grip cause the seams to "catch" the air differently, thereby changing the trajectory of the ball, making it harder for the batter to hit.

The selection of which pitch to use can depend on a wide variety of factors including the type of hitter who is being faced; whether there are any base runners; how many outs have been made in the inning; and the current score. Pitchers may bounce their pitches in the dirt before they reach the batter, but these pitches are called balls even if they pass through the strike zone. 

Read more about pitching, here.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Baseball Barn Pitching Tunnels


Our full length Pitching Tunnel allows pitchers of all ages to get their bullpen work in. Adjustable from 35’ all the way to 60’6”, both baseball and softball pitchers are welcome. Our pitching tunnel features two mounds so two pitchers can work out side by side. No catcher? No problem we have strike zone targets to give you the ability to get your workout in, even if your regular catcher is unavailable.

Need help with your pitching? Just check out our online scheduling system and schedule a personal instruction session with one of our qualified pitching instructors.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

What's the best bat for $100 or less?? BBCOR Baseball Bat Reviews


The Baseball Bat Bros bring you a budget BBCOR showdown. Today we have BBCOR baseball bats 10 bats that we bought for about $100 each. Let's do some exit velo testing and on-field BP to figure out which is the GOAT of budget bats.

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Vacaville, CA 95687

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The History of Baseball

The history of baseball can be broken down into various aspects: by era, by locale, by organizational-type, game evolution, as well as by political and cultural influence. The game evolved from older bat-and-ball games already being played in England by the mid-18th century. This game was brought by immigrants to North America, where the modern version developed. By the late 19th century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia, particularly in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Read more on Wikipedia, here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

A Little Bit About Us


The Baseball Barn (BB) was founded on the principal that passionate, dedicated, and intelligent training are the keys to improving performance. The BB is a premier baseball/softball training facility, where athletes of all ages and skill levels can come to improve their game. Whatever your training needs:

• Batting Cage Rentals
• Pitching Practice
• Conditioning, Strength & Agility Training
• Mental Focus Training
• Full Team Practices
• Group Camps/Clinics
Individual Instruction in Pitching, Fielding, and Hitting with a Master Certified Epstein Hitting Instructor

Saturday, January 22, 2022

What's the hottest USSSA Alloy/Metal Baseball Bat?


Bat Bro Will swings ten different USSSA Alloy -5 bats, and lets you know which one is the HOTTEST. 

Which bat do you swing? Come swing it with us. 

Book your visit online or give us a call at (707) 290-9731.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

What is Baseball?

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams, typically of nine players each, that take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objective of the offensive team (batting team) is to hit the ball into the field of play, allowing its players to run the bases, having them advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team (fielding team) is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate (the place where the player started as a batter). The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

Interested in reading more about the game? Check it out here.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Baseball Barn Set Up

The Baseball Barn (BB) has two fixed batting cages that each feature JUGS™ pitching machines. These machines can be configured for either baseball or softball and can be adjusted to speeds of 15-60 mph. These machines will give you a consistent delivery to allow you to focus on your swing.

• 2 cages equipped with Juggs Pitching Machines*

• Adjustable Speeds

*Please note that you will need to have someone with you over the age of 15 to feed the Juggs machine.

Need help with your hitting? Just check out our online scheduling system and schedule a personal instruction session with our Certified Epstein Hitting Instructor.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Fine Tuning A Players Swing: Extension After Contact | Baseball Barn


Rich goes over how to fine-tune a player's swing. See more at http://www.vvbaseballbarn.com Click Here for Online Hitting Lessons, Video Analysis, Hitting Camps, and lessons before 4p.m. through my Epstein Online Academy Page: https://www.spladap.com/epstein-hitti...

What Causes Casting Of The Bat? - Coach Rich - The Baseball Barn


Coach Rich talks about the items that cause casting of the bat. See more at http://www.vvbaseballbarn.com Click Here for Online Hitting Lessons, Video Analysis, Hitting Camps and lessons before 4p.m. through my Epstein Online Academy Page: https://www.spladap.com/epstein-hitti...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Should A Hitter Build A Stride Into Their Swing? - Coach Rich Lovell


Coach Rich explains if a stride should be integrated into a swing for more power. See more at https://vvbaseballbarn.com/ Click Here for Online Hitting Lessons, Video Analysis, Hitting Camps, and lessons before 4p.m. through my Epstein Online Academy Page: https://vvbaseballbarn.com/epstein-hitting-system