Tony La Russa is widely considered to be one of the greatest coaches in the history of baseball. His 2,728 wins puts him third on the all-time wins list for managers. While the wins are a great part of his legacy, La Russa will always be remember in baseball for the several ways he altered the game.
Tony La Russa was the first adopter of sabermetrics that are now used by almost every team in baseball. La Russa would use these numbers to alter his shifts in the field. This was Read the rest of this entry »
Baseball mainly gets attention because of hitting, but fielding is just as important. In order to be a complete player, you must be able to field your position properly. Different players will need to do different drills to maximize their fielding potential. Infielders will always need to practice fielding line drives and ground balls. They’ll also have to work on turning double plays to help their pitches out in times of distress. Catchers will practice fielding bunts, tagging out runners at the plate, and throwing runners out on the bases. The first basemen in particular must be sharp when it Read the rest of this entry »
Nicknamed the “Commerce Comet”, Mantle displayed the rare ability to hit for average and power. The owner of 563 career home runs, the switch-hitter from Oklahoma was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, a 20-time all-star and a 1974 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
Mick did what few in baseball history have ever been able to accomplish: win the Triple Crown. In 1956, Mantle hit .353 with 52 home runs and driving in 130. Mantle was the last player to win the Triple Crown, while being a switch-hitter. Read the rest of this entry »
Baseball is hailed as America’s pastime. The experience of going to the ballpark for a game is unmatched. The air smells different, the hot dogs taste better and the weather is always perfect. But what if you live in a place where the weather isn’t always perfect? Some of these cities have built indoor baseball parks. While the field is protected from the weather, the downsides greatly outweigh the ability to play the game during foul weather.
The most obvious of these down falls is that if there’s no natural light grass Read the rest of this entry »
Comparing the best pitchers in Major League Baseball history is an intimidating task, but here are the top ten Major League pitchers all-time.
Satchel Paige was routinely called almost unhittable by contemporary ballplayers and sportswriters. As he played during the segregated era and did not play in the majors until he was 42 years old, his record is hard to compare to others.
Nolan Ryan never won the Cy young award for best pitcher in the league, but he is the all time strikeout leader. His 61 shutouts are 7th and 324 wins are 14th best.
Steve Carlton won the Cy young four times during his career piling up 329 wins, 55 shutouts and over 4,000 strikeouts.
Bob Gibson was known for a blistering fastball and a reputation for brushing hitters back. He won two Cy young awards and had a career earned run average (ERA) under three.
Grover Cleveland Alexander managed 90 career shutouts and is tied for third on the all-time wins list with 373.
Sandy Koufax won the Cy Young three times and is 7th in career strikeouts.
Lefty Grove won 300 games and led the league in ERA nine times, the most ever.
Christy Matthewson led the league in ERA, strikeouts, and wins in the same season twice while winning 373 games.
Walter Johnson is one of only two pitchers with over 400 wins and had a career ERA of 2.17
Cy Young won more games than anyone in the history of Major League Baseball with 511.
The Cape Cod baseball league recently announced their all star line up, that played at Fenway Park. It was a very stellar list of outstanding baseball players. Taylor Rodgers of Harwich. Then there was Ryan Eades of LSU. There was also, several pitchers named. The first was, Austin Voth of Washington. THe next named pitcher was JT Chargois of Rice. Another outstanding college pitcher named was Tony Bucciferro of Michigan State. Also of Michigan State was second baseman Ryan Jones. Two outfielders were also named to the all stars. They were, Andrew Toles of Tennessee. Also named was a Pointstreak player of the week, Jason Monda of Washington State. Pitcher, Tyler Johnson of Stoney Brook, he had a team high of 1.65 ERA in only seven appearances. Also named to the team was a teammate of Brook, named Trevor Gott of Kentucky, he had a 0.60 ERA in 13 appearances. Both had standout performances. He also had 20 strikeouts. Also named was, Stephen Piscotty from Stanford University. James Ramsey of Florida State and Cody Keefer of the University of California, Los Angeles. Another teammate of Rodgers was also named, battery mate, Luke Voit of Missouri State. Also pitcher Chris Overman of NC State.
When it comes to collegiate baseball the SEC has long reigned supreme. The conference’s perennial success can be attributed to recruiting, climate, but most of all coaching. Coaching legends Skip Bertman and Ron Polk will immediately come to mind when discussing the best SEC coaches of all time. Both coaches paved the way for current coach Ray Tanner who is slowly putting himself into the argument. When ultimately determining the best SEC coach one should consider national championships and total wins.
South Carolina Gamecock’s coach Ray Tanner began his career in 1997. Coach Tanner has compiled a career record of 1,084-469-3 and boasts two consecutive national championships. During this span he has also brought his team to 13 straight NCAA postseasons, a current SEC record. Tanner became the 44th Division 1 coach to reach 1,000 wins.
Ron Polk, who spent a majority of his career coaching at Mississippi State has his own list of accolades. Polk is known as “The Father of SEC Baseball,” a title not thrown around lightly. With a career record of 1,373-702-2 he has the most wins in SEC history, which spans all sports. While never winning a national championship, Polk has reached the College World Series 8 times. Coach Polk was elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
While the careers of the previous two coaches are certainly prestigious, they simply do not compare to that of Skip Bertman. The former LSU coach has won 5 national championships while compiling a career record of 870-330-3. Coach Bertman made an astonishing 11 College World Series appearances during 18 year career.
Without a doubt, the college coaching landscape would be far different without the three coaches listed above. That said, when determining the best SEC baseball coach, Skip Bertman is the clear winner. Time will tell if Ray Tanner can overtake Bertman, though the South Carolina coach is widely considered to be the best current coach in the SEC.
If your kids want to take up baseball you’re in a great position! It’s an easy game to learn and can be played practically anywhere, plus, it’s the national pastime for goodness’ sakes! Here are a few tips for keeping the baseball spark alive in your young ones
Watch Some Games: If you’ve got http://www.directtelevisionpackages.com sports channels try to watch a few games with your kids and talk about the rules. Better yet, if you live near a pro or minor league stadium, take the whole family out for a live-action game!
Play Casually: If you’ve got the room and some neighborhood kids, get them all together for a casual game. If you bring the kids together they’ll work out the kinks and all you need to provide is the balls and a bat or two!
Sign Up for Leagues: If your child attends a school or lives in an area where there’s a team available to play on, do everything you can to sign them up. The teamwork is a great skill to learn and they’ll be pushed harder by the competition!
If people were to ask me who I thought was the best coach in the Big Ten, people might be surprised. This coach has not been around very long but has certainly made a big impression on the Big Ten Conference. That coach is Jake Boss, Jr.
Boss was hired in the summer of 2008 becoming the 16th coach in Michigan State History. In his first year as coach, Boss managed to get the Spartans in their first Big Ten tournament since 2004 Read the rest of this entry »
There are few sports in the entire world that put as much of a focus on practice and routine that the American pastime, baseball, does. There is good reason for this. When trying to learn the craft of baseball it is important to realize that there is a history of tradition and hard work that has gone into making all the great players before you. You are not better than them yet and won’t be without putting Read the rest of this entry »