Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Delaney Spaulding’s Tips on Starting a Double Play

Watch as pro softball infielder Delaney Spaulding explains how footwork and arm angle are keys to smooth and effective double plays.

A clean toss or throw to second base is a crucial part to any successful double play in softball. For middle infielders, proper footwork and a solid arm angle can create a great foundation for an easy transfer from player to player. Pro softball player Delaney Spaulding has a few tips on how to get your feet and hands in the right position for an efficient throw to start a smooth double play.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Delaney Spaulding’s Tips on Mastering a Quick Transfer and Release

Getting quick throws off in the infield can help keep baserunners at bay. Softball pro, Delaney Spaulding, demonstrates how a quick ball transfer and release can boost your softball defensive skills this season.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Longest Stretches Between WS Appearances

For as much pageantry and pride there is for fans who watch their teams win the pennant, ultimately all but two fanbases end each season shorter than they would've hoped. Some clubs are seemingly World Series regulars, while others -- for a variety of reasons -- have had lengthy stretches between appearances in the Fall Classsic.

Here's a quick look at the few fanbases that have had to wait the longest to see their club make it back to the game's biggest stage.

1. Cubs: 71 years (1945-2016)
Billy goats, black cats, Gatorade gloves and Steve Bartman. North Siders had no shortage of reasons to believe their team was cursed throughout the majority of the 20th century, which saw the Cubs last win it all in 1908. Chicago made it back to the Series, and lost, seven more times between then and '45, when they fell to the Tigers in a seven-game series that spawned that famous Curse of the Billy Goat. Then the drought really began, as the Cubs notably blew commanding leads in both the '84 and 2003 National League Championship Series before the tides finally turned with stars Jon Lester, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo -- and an almighty Game 7 rain delay -- in 2016.

2. White Sox: 46 years (1959-2005) and 40 years (1919-59)
Many South Siders believed their own team suffered from a curse -- that of the scandalous Black Sox in 1919 -- though there was plenty of bad baseball mixed in, too. The White Sox finished as high as second place just once between '20 and '56, before Hall of Fame manager Al Lopez began turning the 'Go Go Sox' into form.

Fellow Hall of Famers Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio, Early Wynn and Billy Pierce captured the AL pennant for Chicago in 1959, but could not defeat the Dodgers in the World Series. The White Sox suffered through three more postseason exits before finally ending their 88-year championship drought with a commanding performance in Oct. 2005, when they lost just one game over three series.

3 (tie). Athletics: 41 years (1931-72)
Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack famously built two separate dynasties in Philadelphia, and then sold many of each dynasty's star players in the years following. After losing their third straight World Series appearance to the Cardinals in seven games in 1931, the A's fell to last place within a span of four years and largely stayed in the second division through the next several decades.

A move to Kansas City in 1955 did little to change the fortunes of the A's, who were largely viewed as a quasi-farm team for the mighty Yankees throughout the decade. But eccentric owner Charlie Finley bought the club in '60 and, slowly, turned the club around. The A's drafted Reggie Jackson with the second overall pick in '66, moved west to Oakland in '68 and became the second franchise to win three straight World Series by the end of '74.

3 (tie). Indians: 41 years (1954-95)
Behind the likes of shortstop Lou Boudreau, outfielder Larry Doby, and pitchers Bob Lemon and Bob Feller, the 1948 Indians soared to 97 wins and a championship. The club remained a force in the years to come, finishing in the top two in the AL six more times form '49-'56, including 111 victories and a pennant in '54 -- when the New York Giants swept the Tribe in the World Series. But there rough times in Cleveland after that. Between 1960-93, the Indians finished higher than fourth just once (third in '68). Finally, the franchise struck gold again in the mid-90s behind a terrific core of position players, including Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel. After coming in second in the new AL Central division in the 1994 strike year, Cleveland stormed to 100 wins in '95 before eventually falling to the Braves in the Fall Classic.

5. Braves: 34 years (1914-48)
The Braves' drought came two cities ago. Before Atlanta, and before Milwaukee, the Braves began in Boston, where they finished off a sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series. But the Braves went into a funk after that, back when only the winner of the eight-team National League advanced the Fall Classic. After placing second and third in 1915 and '16, the franchise didn't place better than fourth again until '47. The '48 club then won 91 games to beat out the Cardinals for the NL pennant, behind a starting rotation led by the famous duo of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. However, the Braves fell to the Indians in the World Series, and five years later departed for Milwaukee.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Delaney Spaulding’s Approach to Hitting with Confidence

Learn how to put some swagger in your swing by approaching the plate with confidence this season with help from DICK’S Sporting Goods. Listen as softball pro Delaney Spaulding explains her routine for getting in the zone before every at-bat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Physics of Baseball’s Strangest Pitch

The knuckleball is a strange pitch that seems to defy the laws of physics. Unlike the fastball, it moves through the air slowly and randomly changes direction, baffling batters. Conventional theory says that a baseball's raised seams cause the movement. However, scientists at the École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France, posit a new theory to explain why knuckleballs also happen to balls without seams.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Delaney Spaulding’s Tips on Anticipating Ground Balls

Don’t be caught off guard on the diamond this softball season. Find out how you can get a jump on the batter and better anticipate where the ball will be hit with these tips from softball pro - Delaney Spaulding.

When it comes to fielding a ground ball in softball, every second counts. For infielders, taking advantage of any edge can be the difference between recording an out and allowing a baserunner to reach first base. Getting a good read on the batted ball can be a great way to set yourself up for more success.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

How Much Time Do You Have to Learn About the Hug?

Cut4's Michael Clair breaks down Javier Baez and Nolan Arenado's embrace in bite-sized pieces, whether you have 30, 60 or 90 seconds

Monday, October 1, 2018

How to Work on Keeping Inside the Ball-Placement of Props...

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Rich Lovell discusses keeping the barrel/hands inside the ball and where to place hitting props to give feedback.

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