Baseball power hitting
Category: Sports and Recreation > Team Sports
Asked by: medinaroad-ga
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22 Apr 2006 19:59 PDT
Expires: 22 May 2006 19:59 PDT
Question ID: 721849
I'd like to know the elements that generally make up a great power baseball hitter. It seems that quickness and vision are just as important, if not more important, than strength. But would like to know more. **This is not a steroids question **
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Re: Baseball power hitting
From: autigers1101-ga on 26 Apr 2006 20:57 PDT
Here are my thoughts about it. Look at Albert Pujols. 1. Strong: First of all, you have to be strong. If you are not, you need to work out. If you are willing to work VERY hard and keep up with a workout every 2 to 3 days, then you need to get a weight bench. You can go the cheaper way by buying dumbells (You can get them at any sporting goods store, even walmart) at anywhere from $3 to $100. I, at first, got dumbells. When I realized that I wanted to start a tough workout and work hard to get more power, I bought a weight bench. You can get these from $50 to however much you want to add on. I found a great deal on my workout bench at Dick's Sporting Goods (dickssportinggoods.com, I have it in my area, but the website doesn't have many specials) for only $100, which inclued a FitnessGear workout bench with the barbells. If you want to pay more, you can get other add-ons, but most of the power you will gain will be from the barbells. Also, you can get a standard weight bench or an olympic set. If you are going to ever bench more than 100, you should probably go with the olympic set. This is made from tougher material and it can hold much weight. I have an olympic set, and if you are planning to workout in high school (If you are just 13-14 right now) they will most likely have olymic sets there. 2. Stance: Most great power hitters have good stances. Take, for example, Albert Pujols. He keeps his weight back, and has a wide stance. Andruw Jones also adjusted his stance from barely bending his knees from little league to 2005, and when he widened his feet last year, he led the majors in homers. When you stand straight up and make a stride, your head moves, which causes you to not be able to see the ball well. With a wider stance, your stride will just be lifting your foot up and putting it right back down, almost keeping your head completely still, letting you hit the ball better. 3. Diet: This is also important if you are going to work out. You should eat 1 ounce of protein every day for every pound of body weight you have. You can get protein bars at most places too. You need protein mostly in the morning with toast or cereal, after your workout, (your protein bar or something like meat if you workout before dinner)and before you go to bed. (Usually just a small snack like stringed cheese or some other dairy product) Proteins build up your muscles after workouts. Make sure you have a good diet before you workout. Other than the things you stated at first, that is just about it. Keep practicing with someone pitching to you, or if you don't have someone to pitch to you very much, I recommend the Hit Away. (search it on google)You wrap it around a poll and when you hit it it wraps around the poll or tree and comes back for you to hit again. Other training aids will also help you too.
Re: Baseball power hitting
From: mike_74-ga on 09 May 2006 14:14 PDT
There is no question that quick reflexes and good vision are as important as strength to a power hitter. Without either, a power hitter's value is greatly diminished because he won't make good contact often enough to maximize his productivity -- in other words, he won't make the most of his strength as often as he could. However, there are other important factors. In his book "The Science of Hitting," Ted Williams, who is considered by many to be the greatest hitter ever and who was famous for having superior eyesight, said that what separated him from other hitters was not his eyesight but rather the discipline not to swing at pitches that he could not hit well. While Williams was not a pure power hitter, he did lead the American League in home runs four times and hit over 500 home runs in his career. Another characteristic of great power hitters is the frequency with which they guess correctly what kind of pitch the pitcher is going to throw before he throws it. The worst swings you will see in a baseball game are the swings of batters who guessed about the pitch incorrectly -- either about pitch location or about the type of pitch, or both. Correct guesses are the product of situational understanding -- the score, the count, the presence and types of runners on base, the number of outs, the pattern of pitches thrown to the batter so far (in a particular at bat, in the game, maybe even over the course of a series), the pitcher's strengths and weaknesses, and the hitter's strengths and weaknesses. Situational awareness can make a good hitter better. Finally, the mechanics of the swing are important. A great power hitter's body is like a coiled spring as he prepares to swing -- his hips and arms are cocked and the energy in them is prepared for release. The rotation of his hips and the extension of his arms then provide for the greatest conversion of power possible and if he is able to hit the right part of the ball with the right part of the bat (the result of keeping the head still, good hand-eye coordination, and lots of practice), he succeeds. All other things being equal, a stronger man will swing a bat faster, have better bat control, have more time to decide whether to swing or not, and hit the ball farther, but there are many things which may not be equal.
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