June 22, 2017
Bremen traveled to New Paris for a make-up game with Fairfield Blue, coming away with a 10 to 0 loss.
Evan got the start pitched 2 innings, for 5 runs scored, 4 walks, 1 HBP, and 3K’s. Caleb pitched the next inning for 2 runs scored, and 1 walk. Grant finished the game with 1 inning pitched for 3 runs scored, and zer000000 walks.
Grant earned 1 walk, and got on a second time the hard way HBP. Skylar earned 1 walk. Anakin earned 1 walk. Caleb hustled, and beat out a ground ball bobble by the first baseman.
Every team will have bad-bad games, do you feel like cryin, we all do. Shrug it off, because tomorrow the sun will come up, and Friday it’s another game, another chance, another time to shine.
June 20, 2017
Bremen traveled to Plymouth on FATHER’S DAY to play a make-up game.
The Bremen All-stars had one difficult inning, and lost 11 to 6. All good teams will have the occasional difficult inning, but your All-stars kept their heads up and played on, good going.
Mikal catching tagged, out 2 would be scoring threats magnificently blocking the plate and putting the tag on the runners. Andrew in right field, got a great jump on a low liner towards the foul line, and made a shoe string catch for an out.
Reece got the start and went 3 spotless innings, (himself making a superb catch of a hard hit liner), He was around the strike zone, and the Plymouth batters could not catch up with his velocity, for zer000000000 runs 1 walk, and 1K. Evan threw 1 inning working as hard as he could, for 5 runs, 4 walks, and 2K’s. Camden threw the last 2 innings with great effort also working hard for 6 runs, and 1 walk.
The All-Stars had zer0000000000000000000 K’s for the game gggggggggggggreat. Leading the 14 hit attack with 3 hits using his one Ton hammer bat AJ. AJ (THE HAMMER) Father’s Day was hammer time lashing out 1 hard hit single, and a YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS center field triple, which with a slight cutoff bobble he turned into YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS score, for 1 run scored and 2 RBI’S. With 2 hit games were Big Sam, Mikal (Mr. Rogers’s neighborhood), Camden and Reece.
Big Sam had a hard hit up the middle single, and (it’s not a slap shot) but a long-long line drive clearing the center fielder triple, and a earned walk, for 2 runs scored. Mikal (Mr. Rogers) 2 outfield line drive singles for 2 RBI’s. Camden one long fly ball single, one infield hustle single for 2 runs scored.
Reece got into the multi-hit game with 2 (not 1 but 2) heat producing up the middle singles for 2 RBI’s. With 1 hit games were Kaden, Grant, and Caleb. Kaden K-Mart, one I can beat your throw infield single, and earned 1 walk, for 1 run scored.
Grant-ite a high flyin rockin gap shot double. Caleb CC (who should have been on the D.L. but played through it) infield single.
June 12, 2017
On June 11th the Resilient Bremen All-Stars bounced right back into the winning ways with an 11 to 1 drubbing of the big red from Plymouth.
With the web-gem of the game left fielder Big Sam saw the ball off the bat extremely well got a great jump and made a diving catch for an out on what should have been a single.
Camden got the start and went 3 1/3 innings in a GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGreat performance earning the win. In one inning he used only 3 pitches to record 3 outs, (there is a seldom used expression for that, because it doesn’t happen very often, the expression is “the pitcher went YARD) So Camden Yard finished with 1 walk, and 4BIGK’s in first 12U All-star win. Grant-ite came into another jam, and pitched his team out of it again, jams are normal for Grant, (in his other sport Roller Derby, his position is JAMMER), to finish with zer0000000 runs, zer00000000 walks, and 2K’s.
Caleb – CC( oh look what you have done) finished the game pitching 1 inning, throwing his normal off-speed moving pitches keeping the hitters off balance for zer00000 runs, zer000000 walks, and 2K’S.
Leading the 7 hit attack with 1 hit games were Sam, Mikal, Andrew, AJ, Evan, Grant, and Caleb. Big Sam a hard hit grounder up the middle for 1 scored, and 2 RBI’s. Mikal his team leading forth triple of the season, for 2 runs scored. Andrew back-to-back games with a hard hit liner to the outfield, and 1 RBI. AJ 1 solid single, 1 earned walk for 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s.
Evan brought his Rocket bat, and with bases loaded smashed a fly to the center field fence, for the RBI walkoff single, also scoring 1 run. Grant a gap single, and an earned walk for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. CC a bunt single that he ran to first (like his feet were on fire) for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Reece got on base the hard way with a HBP, knocking in a RBI, and came around to score. Anakin had a (catcher’s interference) for 1 RBI, and also came around to score. Kaden K-Mart battled at the plate earned a walk for an RBI. Camden earned 1 walk, and then went on to score. Skylar in his at bats, fouled many pitches off, and battled like an All-star.
June 11, 2017
Granite (Old English spelling Grant-ite)
A coarse-grained, light-colored, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica, used in monuments and for building.
Unyielding endurance; steadfastness: a will of granite.
Rocktologist’s also consider granite the upper most in the rock family, categorized in the Devine class of rocks.
On June 10 Bremen traveled the long road to South Whitley to take on Whitco. Coming up just short in a 7 to 6 loss.
Evan (Rocket) got the start and went 2 2/3 innings with a solid performance for 3 runs scored, 6 walks, and 2K’s. Reece came in for 2 2/3 innings, pitching strongly keeping his team within striking distance for 1 run scored, 1 walk, and 1K. Grant-ite pitched 1 inning rock-solidly for 3 runs scored, and 2 walks. Camden pitched 1 inning throwing nothing but strikes facing just 3 batters and shutting Whitco down.
Leading the 9 hit attack with 2 hit games were Evan, Camden, and AJ. Evan had 2 solid singles and drove in 2 RBI’s. Camden 1 single a gap shot double for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. AJ 2 two thousand pound singles for 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s. With 1 hit games were Caleb, Grant, and Andrew. CC (oh look what you have done), another infield (I’ll beat the throw) single. Grant-ite 1 solid single and scored 2 runs. Andrew getting back on the hit bandwagon, for a line drive outfield single, for 1 run scored.
Earning walks were Kaden, Skylar, Anakin, and Sam – 2. K-Mart and Skylar both fouled close pitches off, until they earned their walks. Anakin with his earned walk came around to score 1 run. Sam earned 2 walks, and with a ground-out drove in 1 RBI, and in keeping with his hockey roots, he also lost a tooth. Mikal is back to catcher form getting the start, and performing well.
June 8, 2017
On June 7 your Bremen All-Stars played against Fairfield Yellow at Bremen coming out on top 13 to 12.
Building an early lead only to have the Yellow overtake us, then in the sixth coming from behind and knocking out the win, thrilling game for everyone involved.
The single most important play of the game, with the bases full of Yellow and no outs, the Bremen infield was pulled in, to stop the run from crossing the plate. Second baseman Kaden (K-mart) stopped a hard hit ground ball that was just in his reach, set his feet, and threw a rifle shot to catcher Mikal for the out, whew what a play, and it took the wind out of the Yellow.
Getting the start and throwing hard for 2 innings Evan the Rocket, for zer000000000 runs, 6 walks, and 5 K’s.
Caleb CC pitched 1 inning throwing his off speed dazzlers, for 2 runs, and zer00000 walks.
AJ threw the next 2/3 inning, and doing his best, after catching the first 2 innings, for 5 runs, and 4 walks. Camden came in and got his team out of a jam going 1/3 innings, for zer000000000 runs.
Reece pitched the next inning battled with all his might, for 3 runs, and 6 walks. Grant-ite finished the game with a 2 inning effort, and what an effoert getting out of a no out bases loaded jam, and finishing the last inning rock solid with 65 % strikes, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 3K’s for his first All-star win.
Bremen used their 11 hits, and 10 earned walks to get all the runs they needed for the win. Leading the way (I MEAN LEADING THE WAY) with a 3 hit game Mikal (Mr. Rogers). Two solid singles, and with the neighborhood loaded with Bremen All-stars he delivered a blistering triple to the right field corner, empting the neighborhood with the game winning RBI, for 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI’s.
With a 2 hit game was Grant-ite always taking advantage of that RBI opportunity 2 rock solid singles with runners in scoring position, for 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s. With 1 hit games were Evan, Camden, Reece, AJ, Anakin, and Sam.
Evan had 1 hit, ooooooooooh what a hit a line drive triple shot into right field that drove in 2 teammates, for 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.
Camden 1 single in the 6th that started the comeback scoring driving in 1 teammate, and eventually came around to score the winning run, plus earned 2 Leadoff walks, for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.
Reece and up the middle hard drive double that plated 2 teammates for 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.
AJ another patented 2 thousand pound single, that started the scoring for Bremen, for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
Anakin a hard it infield grounder single in the 6th and then went on to score, for 1 run scored.
Big Sam a nice line drive single for a run driven in, and earned 2 walks, getting on baess in all 3 plate appearances GGGGGGGGGREAT, for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Kaden to go along with his magnificent defensive play, he also earned 2 walks. Skylar also earned 2 walks 1 in the 6th and when he scored after scorching the base paths, it was the tying run; he finished with 2 runs scored. Caleb earned 2 walks, and scored 1 run (running the bases like his feet were on fire). Andrew had 3 good at bats, with 2 hard hit ground ball outs, and on defense caught 2 effective innings.
June 3, 2017
On to the EGG-----------------------------
As the Egg mascot (Foghorn/Leghorn) would say “THAT WAS - I SAY THAT WAS A HECK OF A BALL GAME”
The first game of the Egg, Bremen played against Fairfield Blue in what was a vvvvvvvvvvvery good defensive/pitching battle.
BBBBBBBBBBBut Bremen had the timely hitting and finished with a 3 to 1 win.
Our first basemen Caleb-Anakin-Evan all had glue in their gloves, and stretched way out to bring the throws in for outs – GREAT EFFORT.
Caleb at third on a bunt dashing waaay, in scooping the ball up, and throwing the hitter out at first.
Grant at short being smart, knowing the situation, tagging out a runner for an out. The split catching performance (Grandpa) AJ the first three and returning to the catcher spot Mikal the last 3 innings both in stellar performances.
Evan started took home the win in a Rocket demonstration of dominance, throwing his Rocket fastball, his off-speed change, and his Mario Rivera cutter, The Blue-boys couldn’t adjust and Rocket finished with 4 innings pitched, zer00000000 runs, 2 walks, and 8 (YESYESYES8) K’s.
Finishing the last 2 innings, was Reece, in great closer fashion, keeping the hitters off balance, for only 1 run, 2 walks, and in the 6th striking out the side for 3K’s. Evan-Reece allowed only 2 (YES 2) hits.
Offenseb> Using our 7 hits, 3 walks, (with only 4K’s we put the ball in play); the All-stars kept the pressure on, and scored enough runs for the win.
Leading the way with a 2 hit game (AND A BIG WELCOME BACK) Mikal, 1 single, and a down the right field line all the way to the fence triple, for 1 run scored. With 1 hit games were AJ, Grant, Evan, Anakin, and Skylar.
AJ (Mikal’s on third and I’m going to drive him home) RBI single, and 1 run scored. Grant (AJ‘s on first and I’m going to drive him to third) gap shot single, for 1 run scored.
Evan (AJ’s on third Grant’s on second, and I’m going to drive them in) 2 RBI infield single.
Anakin an over your head center fielder, to the fence blast single. Skylar a tweener grounder, that I’m running (like my feet are on fire) infield single.
Earning walks with great at bats were Reece, Caleb (toooo), and Big Sam, who also smashed an outfield liner the center fielder made a great play on. Camden with three hard hit balls that took great efforts for the outs. Andrew with 2 very good plate appearances, and ready to help-out with catching duties.
June 3, 2017
On May 31 Bremen reopened All-Star play after a looooooong lay off, and quickly regained their form in a 13 to 3 win over Rochester. Great offensive show with 15 hits, and 9 earned walks.
Getting the start, and the win in another stellar performance the ROCKET – Evan going 2 innings shooting down all the Rochester hitters, for 1 run, 3 walks, and 6 (YES 6) K’s.
Pitching the next inning CC – Caleb throwing 79% strikes AAAAmazing for zer000000 runs, zer00000000 walks, and 1 K.
Finishing the game was Grant-ite with a rock-solid effort going 2 innings closing out the win for 2 runs, 1 walk, and 3BigK’s.
Leading the 15-hit attack (with his first) 3 hit game KMART – Kaden WWWWWWWWWWow, 3 solid hit line drive singles for 3 runs scored, and 4 (YEEEES4) RBI’s. With 2 hit games were Reece, AJ, and Anakin.
Reece 1 smash single, 1 smash double, 1 earned walk for 3 runs scored, and 1 RBI. AJ 1 single shot, 1 2thousand pound double, 1 earned walk for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
Anakin with 2 smokin’ singles, 1 earned walk, for 1 RBI, and while on first not once but twice, with teammate Kaden on third did the delayed steal excellently allowing Kaden to score easily twice.
With 1 hit games were Sam, Caleb, Grant, Evan, Mikal, and Camden. Sam took the big swing hit the ball squarely, and sizzled a grounder up the middle for a single, and 3 RBI’s.
CC a solid single, 2 earned walks for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Grant-ite 1 rockin single, 1 earned walk for 1 RBI. Rocket a smashed liner single for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Mikal getting back to his hitting groove a super-duper single.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAnd leading off the game showing the Rochester boys that Bremen was here to hit Camden a to the fence line gap shot triple, for 1 run scored. Earning a walk, and running the bases (like his feet were on fire) Skylar for 1 run scored.
Coming off the DL, and a rehab stint with El Paso Chihuahuas of the Pacific Coast League, Andrew earning 2 walks,----------- way to go.
May 16, 2017
The speed of play (or game) is the number one issue as you and play in a more competitive environment of any sport.
It is the rate at which something happens.
The key to playing at game speed is acting quickly and planning your next move. Know where you are, your teammates are, and your opponents. If you are deciding what to do with the ball the moment you get it, that's way too late.
Bremen traveled to Mentone to play their next league game, scoring 3 runs in the 1st, and an insurance run in the 7th, you’re All-Stars won a thriller 4 to 2.
It was another very well-played game from start to finish, great defense, great pitching and timely hitting.
An under the weather AJ caught an excellent game for 6 innings (his longest performance behind the plate).
Keeping his team in the game, making sure the Mentone players earned everything they got.
Playing stellar defense at the outfield corners the (brothers Coffman) Skylar in left, and Anakin in right, tracking down the hits that came their way.
In the 7th Caleb – CC at first base made a spectacular grab of a low line drive for a much needed out.
Kaden – Kmart with runners on first and second went way-way-way behind first base to snag (what should have been a hit) pop-up for an out. Then topping that effort with his All-Star teammates (Reece at second base and Caleb at first base) who were ready to double off the runners, Kaden came up and fired to first for a double play.
The key to playing at game speed is acting quickly and planning your next move.
Know where you are, your teammates are, and your opponents.
If you are deciding what to do with the ball the moment you get it, that's way too late.
(The Rocket) Evan got the start and pitched 4 scoreless innings in a dominating performance
(OOOOOOOOOOOOH the missiles were coming from his right arm), for zer0000000000000000000000000 runs 1 HBP and 6BIGK’s for the win.
CC pitched 2 innings in a extended middle relief effort, freezing the Mentone boys with his moving off speed pitches (reminded me of a Hall of Famer named Greg), for 1 run scored, 2 walks, 1 HBP, and 3K’s.
Reece pitching the 7th and closing the game out for a Bremen win, threw his pitches up&down – inside&out, keeping the batters from getting good swings to pick up the save, with 2 walks, and one BIGBIGBIGK.
Leading the way with 2 hit games were the Camden to Mikal to Grant trifecta.
Camden 2 solid singles, and reaching 4 times (the way leadoff should) scoring 1 run.
Mikal 2 ground ball smashes (one of which picked up the 7th inning insurance RBI), 1 outstanding sac bunt, for 1 BIG RBI.
One leg Grant-ite (the rock only needs 1 leg), had 1 single another rockin gap double for 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.
With 1 hit games were Evan and Reece.
Evan a solid shot (and it got lift) line drive single, for 1 RBI.
Reece OOOOOOOOOOOOh yah hit the ball solid 3 times, and picked up 1 you can’t catch this ground ball single.
Earning walks were Caleb and Kaden.
Caleb battled in an at bat, and earned the walk.
Kaden did the same in the 7th, and ran the bases (like his feet were on fire) to score the insurance run.
May 12, 2017
Direct observation of or participation in events as a basis of knowledge. The fact or state of having been affected by or gained knowledge through direct observation or participation. Bremen’s next game was played at home, against Whitco. It was a come from behind- never give up – almost there – loss 7 to 6. The Coaches all liked how the All-Stars handled themselves, gained Experience and held their own. Pitching
Grant-ite got his first start, and pitched through some diversity, gaining Experience going 2 innings for 4 runs scored, 2 walks, and 2K’s. Next up in middle relief Camden throwing hard for 1 2/3 innings for 2 runs scored, 4 walks, and 1K. Finishing the game (The Rocket) Evan throwing his missile pitches for 3 1/3 innings with 1 run scored, 1 walk, and 8 (YES 8) BIGK’s. Offense
Leading the way with 3 hit games was that electric G-E connection Grant-Evan. Grant-ite rock solid at the plate again had 2 outfield singles, 1 rockin gap double, for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Evan 3 up the middle hard-hard-hard ground ball singles for 4 (Yes 4) RBI’s. With 1 hit games were CC Caleb and Camden CC had 1 pretty bunt single, earned 2 walks, for 1 RBI. Camden leading off the game with a down the right field line, liner single, earned 1 walk, for 1 run scored. Earning walks for the All-Stars AJ with 3 earned walks for 2 runs scored. Kaden with 1 earned walk. Skylar with 1 earned walk. Anakin with 2 earned walks. Mikal back from the 15 day D.L. and a rehab assignment with the State College Spikes (of the New York/Penn short season league), earned 1 walk, and 1 HBP. Reece who smashed a hot grounder up the middle, which took a great defensive play to stop him.
May 7, 2017
On Saturday the Bremen All-Stars traveled to New Paris, to take on Fairfield Yellow, playing an exceptional game with a 3 to 2 win. The defense was stellar, the offence timely, and the pitching ELECTRIC.
Reece at shortstop, covering faaaaaar left, and faaaaaaaaaaar right, to stop any grounders from getting to the outfielders. Skylar in left field stopping 2 hits from going to the fence. Grant at second on a diving catch of a low hard liner. Camden (in his first 12U catcher experience) grabbing a short foul pop up. Evan at first finding the fence in foul territory, and snagging a high pop. GGGGGGGGGGGreat.
The sparks were flying, from the G-E connection, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEELECTRIC performance. Getting the start, and the win, the (ROCKET MAN) Evan, throwing rockets, for 3 innings giving up 1 run, on 1 walk, and 7 (YES 7) BigBigK’s. Throwing the final 4 innings like a rock Grant-ite, closing out the victory, holding the Yellow to 1 run, on 5 walks, and 6 (YES 6) BigK’s. Offence
Timely Timely hitting, leading the way with 2 hit games. CC – Caleb with 2 important infield singles (why important? runners on third), driving in both, for 2 BIG RBI’s, and 1 HBP. Camden with 2 outfield singles 2 walks, for a 1000% OBP GGGreat leadoff, and 1 run scored. Grant-ite 1 solid single, 1 rockin gap double for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. With 1 hit games were; AJ a hand smashing line drive single (and he caught 5 solid innings tooooooooo). Kaden K-MART picking up his second double of the season on a liner between right and center. Anakin an over-your-head right fielder long fly ball for a hard running triple, 1 earned walk, and 1 run scored. Picking up the other earned walk Skylar, and running like his feet were on fire making it to third. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAnd the newest All-Star, Sam (picked up off waivers from the Pirates) getting his first on base All-Star experience with an earned walk.
April 28, 2017
The season has started with a great practice game in Rochester. The Bremen All-Stars came out on top with a 6 to 1 victory. The All-Stars learned a lot, played hard, and ran the bases well.
Seven All-Stars each pitched 1 inning combining for 8K’s, 4 walks, and 1 run.
Evan led off with 0 walks, and 1K. Next was Grant for 2 walks, and 2K’s. In the 3rd was Reece, with 1 walk, and 1K. Next up was AJ for 1K. It was Caleb in the 5th for 3 weak grounders. In the 6th was Camden with 1K. Finishing in the 7th (after catching 4 innings) was Mikal for 1 walk, 2K’s, and 1 run.
Catching 2 fly balls (getting good jumps on them) was Andrew.
Leading the way with 2 hits was Mikal 1 single and 1 double for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
With one hit were Grant a single, Camden 1 single and with heads up and aggressive base running turned the single into an around the base paths score for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Reece knocked out a double, and ran the bases hard for 1 run scored, and 2 RBIs. Kaden had a line drive up the middle single for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. AJ had a single for 1 run scored. The other RBI came from the bat of Evan with a deep sac fly for 1 RBI. The other run came from Skylar after getting on base with (catcher’s interference) ran the bases well for 1 run scored. Hitting the ball hard 3 times but right at a fielder was Anakin.
The first league game was a close one with Bremen never giving up, coming up just short for a 4 to 3 loss against Fairfield Blue (wearing yellow shirts???)
Evan started and went 4 solid innings pitching 70 pitches for 3 runs, 3 walks, and 9 (yes 9) K’s.
Grant went the next 2 innings only giving up 1 run with 4 walks, and 4 K’s.
Camden closed the game out with 1 inning for zer0000000000 runs 1 walk, and 1K.
With a 6 hit attack there were 6 All-Stars each with 1 hit.
Leading the way was AJ, one deep sac fly for 1 RBI, and with 2 Bremen All-Stars on base shot a liner down the right field foul line for a bases clearing 2 RBI double (you could say he hit the ball a ton).
Caleb had 1 hit, and 1 great sac bunt for 1 run scored. Grant had a bunt single and led the way with 2 runs scored. Camden another solid single. Mikal 1 line drive single. Anakin with a to the fence power shot double.
April 1, 2017
The winter workouts are complete; all the All-Stars improved, and are ready to move outside. The hitting contest wrapped up with the outcome verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry close. All the All-Stars competed well, and actually hit better in the cage when the contest was going each week. That’s want I wanted to see, can they hit with pressure on, (a BIG yes). It’s not about who wins or losses in practice, it’s about what an All-star is capable of, and I am impressed. The final score were team caleb-grant-a.j.-reece-anakin = 601. Team andrew-skyler-mikal-camden-evan = 596. As you know we have been running with 10 All-Stars for the winter, but we are extremely lucky to pick up an 11 All-Star, CADEN MARTIN, has joined the team, and is a welcome addition. As I heard a sigh of relief from the All-stars, when I stated we are done with inside, and are going outside, I am ready to get outside on the baseball diamond. As my good friend Joe states, THE THRILL IS GONE, (for inside baseball)!
March 5, 2017
Now that the winter workouts have started, I and the other coaches are impressed with the talent we have on the 2017 All-Star team. We had a discussion with the All-Stars on the upcoming season, and what we have to do to make it a winning one. Our defense should be good, our pitching should be even better, what is going to make the difference is our hitting. I don’t mean home runs, but making constant contact. With that said I have decided to run a hitting contest at our winter workouts. Starting with the fifth workout (March 5th), and running through the last four workouts we will run the contest. Rules: Coach Steve will start the contest in the batting cage, with pitching machine pitches, and decide the amount of pitches per All-Star. When the count starts; Each swing and hit (including foul tips) is worth 1 point. Each swing and miss is minus 2 points. After the count ends that All-Star tells me his total for that workout. I will run a total count through the 4 workouts. The twist with the contest; Before the last workout I will randomly put 2 All-Stars together, and their total count for the 4 workouts will be their complete total for the contest –i.e. - teamwork. Why? That way no one can be way ahead, or way behind, and it keeps all All-Stars cheering on their teammates, because one of them will end up being your partner. If you should miss a workout during the contest I will average your other scores for the missed workout, to keep you in the hunt.
February 12, 2017
Let’s talk defensive fielding stances, and responsibilities. The above two Cubs baseball players are in their correct defensive stances, the top is Javier Baez starting, then fielding, and Anthony Rizzo starting, then stretching at first, pretty good ball player’s right. The correct stance for all 7 defensive players is Low to the ground, why (it is easier to raise your body, than to lower it). Feet spread, knees bent, back slightly arched, head up, on the balls of your feet (NOT FLAT FOOTED) hands in front (NOT ON YOUR KNEES). When your pitcher goes into his windup on the mound this is the stance you should be in. Your eyes then should be on the batter, specifically his bat, why (watching the bat come through the strike zone, and seeing the ball come off the bat, your body will move automatically to the angle of the hit). Do this each and every time. Responsibilities Outfielders When the ball is hit, angle to the flight of the ball so it does not get behind you. If there is no one on base it is all right to stop a ground ball by going down on one knee. When doing this drop to the knee opposite of your throwing hand (i.e. right handed – left knee, left handed - right knee) this allows you to come up throwing in a natural motion. If the ball is not hit to you move to your backup position. Third baseman Field all grounders hit between you and the pitcher, don’t let the pitcher field it, why (he has to turn 360 degrees to throw to first, you are in a straight line). The same with grounders hit to the shortstop, if you can cut in front and field the ball, again you are in a straight line to first. If the ball is not hit to you move to your backup position. ShortstopYou are playing deeper than the third baseman, why ( so you have more time to react, and keep the ground ball in the infield). Ground balls hit towards second, again if you can cut in front of the second baseman and field the ball you are in a straight line to first. If the ball is not hit to you move to your backup position. Second baseman You are playing deeper than the first baseman, and shortstop, why (this allows even more reaction time, and a better chance to keep the ground ball in the infield, plus your throw to first is the shortest). If the first baseman fields the ball run towards first so the first baseman can throw to you, for the out. If the ball is not hit to you move to your backup position. First baseman Because of the shortness of our base paths (60 feet) only go far enough to field a grounder, that you can field and beat the runner to the base. If there is a runner on first then you can go farther on grounders because now your throw is to second base. On ground balls hit to the other infielders, go to first base, and set up (setting up means find first base with the back of your foot, the same foot as your throwing hand i.e. right handers - right foot, left handers - left foot). Why (when the fielder catches the grounder, and releases the throw toward first then and only then you stretch with your glove hand, and its corresponding leg (i.e. glove on right hand stretch with your right foot, glove on left hand stretch with your left foot). Stretching toooooooooooooooooo early, you cannot react to a miss throw. If the ball is hit to the outfield move to your backup position. Pitcher On the follow through of your pitch, bring your trailing leg forward, and you are now in the same defensive position as the other 7 defensive players. Field any grounders hit in front of you, when you do this, take your time, and set up your body in the right position to make a good throw to first, why (you now have the shortest throw to first, and added time to make that throw). If the ball is not hit to you move to your backup position. Catchers Ahhhhhh yours is a whole article, that I will talk about in upcoming TWIBs. AS STATED BEFORE THERE ARE NO SPECTATORS ON THE FIELD WHEN THE BALL IS HIT.
January 22, 2017
Dropped third strike: if first base is unoccupied, or there are 2 outs, on a dropped pitch that was the third strike the batter has to be thrown out or tagged. Infield fly rule: is a rule in baseball intended to prevent infielders from intentionally dropping a pop-up or allowing it to fall to turn a double play (or triple play). Without this rule, a defense could easily turn a pop fly into a double or triple play, when there are fewer than two outs with runners at first and second base or when the bases are loaded. If the runners stay near their bases to tag up, the defense could let the ball drop, throw to third base and then to second (or home to third or home to third to second), for a force-out at each base. If any of the runners stray too far from their bases, the defense could catch the pop-up and double-off any runner that failed to tag up. When the ball is in the air and the umpire signals that he is invoking the rule, the batter is out (and all force plays removed) regardless of whether the ball is caught. The rule applies only when there are fewer than two outs, and there is a force play at third base (i.e., when there are runners at first and second base, or the bases are loaded). In these situations, if a fair fly ball is in play, and in the umpire's judgment it is catchable by an infielder with ordinary effort, the umpire shall call "infield fly" (or more often, "infield fly, batter's out"); the batter will be out regardless of whether the ball is actually caught in flight. Umpires typically raise the right arm straight up, index finger pointing up, to signal the rule is in effect. If "infield fly" is called and the fly ball is caught, it is treated exactly as an ordinary fly ball; the batter is out, there is no force, and the runners must tag up. On the other hand, if "infield fly" is called and the ball lands fair without being caught, the batter is still out, and there is still no force, but the runners are not required to tag up. In either case, the ball is live, and the runners may advance on the play, at their own peril. An infield fly may be declared by any umpire on the field. Sacrifice fly rule: is a batted ball that satisfies four (Bremen All-Stars 5) criteria: 1. There are fewer than two outs when the ball is hit. 2. The ball is hit in the air (fair or foul). 3. The batter is put out because a defensive player catches the ball on the fly. 4. A runner who is already on base tags up and scores on the play (or 5. for Bremen All-Stars a runner tags up and advances to the next base). Sacrifice bunt: is a batter's act of deliberately bunting the ball, before there are two outs, in a manner that allows a runner on base to advance to another base. A successful sacrifice bunt (and sacrifice fly) does not count as an at bat, does not impact a player's batting average, it does count as a plate appearance. How does an offensive team score a run while making the third out?: If the third out is a force out (i.e. a force out at a base, or a caught fly ball), then a run does not count. If the third out is a tag out (i.e. tagging a runner trying to get to a base), and the offensive run crosses the plate before the tag out is made the run counts. Sliding: going to the next base if you slide, it must be feet first, head first sliding is illegal in our league, you can dive (head first) back to a base. When you feet first slide, it is to stop your momentum, by feet first sliding you loss the length of your body in speed. When you head first slide you gain in speed the length of your body. Running to first: we already talked about how to run to first (hard and with our ears opened). But did you know that you also have to be in foul territory. What I mean is the white foul line that runs toward first base; you have to have your feet just on the outside of that line (foul territory). Why; if the throw from the defensive player hits you while you are running (i.e. – on a bunt), and you are in fair territory you can be called out for interference. Running to home plate; while running home from third base, again stay just in foul territory. Why; if a hit ball hits you in fair territory, you can be called out for interference. Ground rule double: In baseball, a ground rule double is an award of two bases from the time of pitch to all baserunners including the batter-runner as a result of the ball leaving play after being hit fairly and leaving the field under a condition of the ground rules in effect at the field where the game is being played. An automatic double is the term used to refer to a fairly hit ball leaving the field in circumstances that do not merit a home run as described in Major League Baseball (MLB) rules 6.09(e) through 6.09(h). The automatic double is quite often mistakenly called a ground rule double. Most commonly, an automatic double results from a batted ball hitting the ground in fair territory and landing out of play due to some non-unique aspect of the grounds, typically by bouncing over a fence or wall in the outfield. MLB rules also award a double when a batted ball goes through or under a fence or through or sticking in shrubbery or vines on the fence. These are known as "ground rule doubles" as the unique aspect of the grounds -- such as ivy at Wrigley Field or the walkways at Tropicana Park -- played a part in the hit. Specific rules also govern when fair fly balls are deflected into the stands by a fielder: for example, a fair fly ball deflected out of play by a fielder from a point within 250 feet of home plate is considered a double. This applied in an unusual play August 3, 2007 when Melky Cabrera of the New York Yankees hit a ball that ricocheted off Kansas City Royals pitcher Ryan Braun's foot and bounced into the stands in foul territory. When two bases are awarded by either ground rule or league-wide rule, any baserunners ahead of the batter are entitled to advance two bases from their positions at the time of pitch but may advance further if the umpire feels the batter/runner would have made it to the third base completely uncontested. (7.0 MLB Umpire Handbook)
January 15, 2017
Let’s Talk Bunting The Bremen All-Stars use the bunt as an aggressive offensive tool. 1. Why do we bunt, to move a base runner to the next base (sacrifice bunt). 2. To confuse, and make the defense nervous (bunting for a base hit), they don’t know what the batter is doing, is he bunting, or is he swinging away. The following video is how we will teach the All-stars to bunt.
January 8, 2017
Let’s talk pitching, (more precisely effective pitching). The above graph shows three of the more effective pitchers the All-Stars have had. We have had many good All-star pitchers over the years, but what made these 3 more effective, it was not their velocity which was slightly above average, but they had memorized their pitching mechanics, and with each and every pitch, the delivery was the same. That shows up in the two columns in red, one is the direct result of the other, they threw 65% to 70% strikes (or 2/3rds of their pitches were strikes), and because of that they walked few batters. Teams they faced knew they had to swing the bat to get on base, and that allowed our defense to make outs. As I stated before, we will use the winter practices to develop fundamentals, and memorize effective pitching mechanics. The following pitches will be shown, and practiced with the All-Stars in the winter workouts. Coach Town will do the instructing, and these pitches are all thrown with fastball motion. We are not teaching curve balls, or any pitch that makes the pitcher put undo strain on their arms. How To Grip And Throw A Four Seam Fastball. Four-seam fastball To grip the four seam fastball, place your index and middle fingertips directly on the perpendicular seam of the baseball. The "horseshoe seam" should face into your ring finger of your throwing hand (as shown in the picture on the left). I call it the horseshoe seam simply because the seam itself looks like the shape of a horseshoe. Next, place your thumb directly beneath the baseball, resting on the smooth leather (as shown in the picture on the right). Ideally, you should rest your thumb in the center of the horseshoe seam on the bottom part of the baseball. Grip this pitch softly, like an egg, in your fingertips. There should be a "gap" or space between the ball and your palm (as shown in the middle picture). This is the key to throwing a good, hard four-seam fastball with maximal backspin and velocity: A loose grip minimizes "friction" between your hand and the baseball. The less friction, of course, the quicker the baseball can leave your hand. Two seam fastball A two seam fastball, much like a sinker or cutter (cut fastball), is gripped slightly tighter and deeper in the throwing-hand than the four-seam fastball. This pitch generally is thought of as a "movement pitch" (as opposed to the four-seam fastball, which is primarily thought of as a "straight pitch"). When throwing a two-seam fastball, your index and middle fingers are placed directly on top of the narrow seams of the baseball (as shown in the picture on the left). Next, place your thumb directly on the bottom side of the baseball and on the smooth leather in between the narrow seams (as shown in the picture on the right). How To Grip And Throw A Circle Changeup To throw a circle changeup make - quite literally - a circle or an "OK" gesture with your throwing hand (using your thumb and index fingers). You then center the baseball between your three other fingers (as shown in the middle picture above right). The baseball should be tucked comfortably against the circle. Throw this pitch with the same arm speed and body mechanics as a fastball, only slightly turn the ball over by throwing the circle to the target. This is called pronating your hand. (Think about this as giving someone standing directly in front of you a "thumbs down" sign with your throwing hand.) This reduces speed and gives you that nice, fading movement to your throwing-arm side of the plate. How To Grip And Throw A Splitter Splitter A split-finger fastball is an advanced pitch. Typically, it's only a good pitch if you've got bigger hands. That's because the pitch itself should be "choked" deep in the hand. This is how splitters get their downward movement. Your index and middle fingers should be placed on the outside of the horseshoe seam. The grip is firm. When throwing this pitch, throw the palm-side wrist of the throwing-hand directly at the target while keeping your index and middle fingers extended upward. Your wrist should remain stiff. Cut fastball How to Throw a Cut Fastball Although many pitchers are interested in the cutter, it is the most difficult fastball grip to learn. Index and middle fingers across the seams But grip the outer half of the ball In order to achieve, the cutting movement, you will apply middle finger pressure to the ball. There is no wrist pronation (turning of the wrist) with the cut fastball. The movement from a cutter is the result of the grip alone.
December 31, 2016
The above major league hitters are Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Kyle Schwarber. Look at where their eyes are (ON THE BALL). Look at any major league hitter, and their stance, and swing might vary, but when they make contact, they are all virtually the same (eyes on the ball, chin down). This is what we will teach you, (the contact), and if you learn it you will have success. We will teach the basic fundamentals of swinging the bat, the proper stance, the proper armll. In the past I have tried many training aids to help the All-Stars learn this art, and make it automatic. I have never really found any aids that do this, it has been mostly verbally reinforcing the All-Stars over and over again in the batting cage. THAT IS UNTIL NOW We will be using the following in the batting cage this winter, and I think it will help train our eyes to be on the ball.
December 24, 2016
Let’s talk at bats, (not hitting - that’s later) and running the bases.
When you get in the batters box, take your front foot out of the box, and take a look at the third base coach (between every pitch). The All-stars third base coach is Coach Steve Zellmer, he will give you signs on what he wants you to do, (he’s goooood, and aggressive so do what he wants).
Some of the signs he gives:
1. Bunt - don’t bunt the ball back to the pitcher, bunt it down one of the lines, it’s harder to field.
2. Take - that means don’t swing.
3. Fake bunt - ohhhhh that confuses the defense.
4. Make contact on the next pitch - (wherever it’s thrown), (that’s a steal and hit play) (hit and run in the majors).
5. Steal - that’s for a runner on base. Our rules are a base runner can’t leave the base until the ball crosses the plate.
6. Delayed steal - a delayed steal is where the base runner after the ball crosses the plate will edge out a few steps, toward the next base, and see what the catcher, and defense does. If the catcher lobs the throw back to the pitcher, or throws behind the runner steal the base. If the catcher runs towards the runner, or throws in front of the runner then go back to the base.
Now when you hit the ball, and you will hit the ball, on your follow through take a quick look at where the ball is headed then run hard. Keeping your eyes on, (and ears opened) the first base coach who is usually Coach JZ (Jeff Zellmer). He will tell you to run through first, or round first, and then he will tell you to come back to first or go on to second. If it’s run through first, don’t slow down till you are past the base, if it is round first do a banana cut see how the banana angles outward, that’s the angle you take around first. Why; so you can head for second in a straight line instead of your momentum angling you out towards the outfield.
If you are told to go to second then it’s, run hard (ears open for Coach Steve at third) to give you directions on whether to round the base, or on the bag (stop at second). When you are on base, and the next All-Star is in the batters box, when he looks at the third base Coach for signs, you do the same, the Coach might give you #4, or #5, or #6. By paying attention to the base coaches, it will help you get extra bases, and it will help you score runs. We the coaches have been doing this a very long time, and we know when, and how to take advantage of the other teams defense. By doing this it confuses the defense, makes them nervous, makes us aggressive, and we score a whole lotta runs, which is fun.
If you follow the base coaches advice, and run hard, but still you get thrown out, whose fault is it. NOT YOURS It’s the Coaches FAULT.
THAT’S ENOUGH FOR THIS TWiB, the rest will be as Joe says “some other day some other time.”
December 17, 2016
Let’s talk defensive backups, and why we do them. You watch any major league game, and when the ball is hit 9 defensive players move. They all have backup responsibilities, and the reason why is they know any throw that gets away the runner will take an extra base. By backing each other up they keep runners honest, and they keep the game close. Runs will be scored, but you need to make the other team earn them, and not give them easy runs. Backups are part of the game, we need to learn them, and then do them. To watch a team move into their backup positions, spectators realize that’s a baseball team, and not just nine young men playing baseball.
Remember: (there are no spectators on the baseball field when a ball is hit).
The items in blue, the Bremen All-Stars do not do. For the Bremen All-Stars the following backups are used, for the most part they will remain the same at the next level of play.
1. When a ball is hit to the shortstop, or third baseman, the left fielder charges, in case the ball gets through, the center fielder goes towards the ball, and the right fielder goes behind first base for the backup, with no runners on base, the catcher runs towards first base in foul territory as a backup.
2. A ball hit to either the first baseman or second baseman, the left fielder goes towards the infield for a backup, the center fielder goes towards the ball, and the right fielder charges, in case the ball gets through, but if does not the right fielder goes behind first base as an backup, with no runners on base, the catcher runs toward first as a backup.
3. A ball hit to left field, the center fielder moves to left field as a backup, the right fielder moves behind second as a backup, the shortstop goes towards left for a cutoff, the second baseman goes to second base, the third baseman goes to third base, the first baseman goes towards the infield as a backup, or cutoff, the pitcher goes behind third base as a backup, and the catcher stays at the plate.
4. A ball hit to left center field, either the left fielder makes the play, and the center fielder is the backup or the center fielder makes the play, and the left fielder is the backup. Everyone else goes to their positions as in play #3.
5. A ball hit to center field, the left fielder, and right fielder communicate with each other on who the center field backup is, and the other fielder heads for the infield into his backup position. The shortstop and second baseman also have to communicate with each other on who is the cutoff, and who covers second base. The first baseman, third baseman, pitcher, and catcher move as in play #3.
6. A ball hit to right center field, either the right fielder makes the play, and the center fielder is the backup, or the center fielder makes the play, and the right fielder is the backup. The left fielder goes towards the infield into a backup position. The second baseman goes towards right for a cutoff, the shortstop goes to second base, and the rest of the infielders go to their positions as in play #3.
7. A ball hit to right field, the center fielder moves to right field as the backup, left fielder moves as in play #6. The second baseman, and shortstop move as in play #6, and the rest of the infielders move as in play #3. Sounds confusing, it is, but once it’s learned, we are on our way to being a competitive All-Star team.
What’s even more confusing is the following.