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You Can Teach Hitting: A Systematic Approach for Parents, Coaches, and Players Paperback – December 20, 1993
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An old baseball adage claims that pitching is 90 percent of the game. However, this treatise on hitting, a virtual clinic for any player, gives the reader plenty of help on the remaining ten percent! An ex-major league player and present batting coach for the San Francisco Giants teams with a former college coach and a math professor to produce this systematic approach to hitting for players, parents, and coaches alike. In order to provide organized instructional practices that are fun, the authors offer tips and drills for players of all ages. Parents, coaches, little leaguers, and advanced athletes will find technical information presented in an attractive and easy-to-read format. For most public libraries.
- Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"... destined to be the next classic on baseball hitting. Run-don't walk to get yours! " -- -Larry Kahn, KMPC Sports Radio, LA
"I highly recommend [Dusty Baker's] book as a teaching aid for players of all age groups." -- Hank Aaron, Hall of Fame
"I loved the book and videos. This is the most outstanding series on hitting that I have ever seen! -- Steve Franks, Baseball Coach, Marist School, Atlanta Georgia
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Baker breaks the swing into components, clearly describes the reason for each part of the swing, and provides appropriate drills for T-ballers through the pros.
The benefits of the book can be immediate. After reading the first couple chapters, I found out I had been taught to grip the bat incorrectly, and, not surprisingly, I passed the misinformation on to my boys. After one or two swings with the proper grip, each of my boys had clearly improved their bat speed. Given that success, they were will to try other changes, and in just one week, they became noticeably better hitters.
This book is clearly written, interesting, and all key points are fully illustrated. I am glad that I can now help my boys with hitting, being confident that I am teaching them properly, and not just passing on mistakes I learned when I played ball.
I started out coaching my son's teams, but this book helped the most when I began coaching my daughter's teams. She ended up affiliated with a team that won a couple of national tournaments. I became hitting instructor to many of the players, coaching at one time or another, 21 players who received college softball scholarships. After my daughter finished college ball, she became a fine hitting instructor herself. We both still refer to this book regularly.
While it was written 20 years ago, hitting hasn't changed.