Tom Pardikes

Tech Makes Baseball a Simple Game: You See the Ball, You Hit the Ball, You Got It?

This is the third story in a five-part series that examines how swing biomechanics and the proliferation of technological tools are helping hitters. Modern technology is able to illuminate the kinematic sequence of a hitter’s swing, but those assessments top out at the athlete’s torso. What happens above the neck is just as critical, and …

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Tech Makes Baseball a Simple Game: You See the Ball, You Hit the Ball, You Got It?

Growing up on Long Island, about 25 miles east of New York City, Eugene Bleecker took 10 years of lessons at a local baseball camp. He went on to play college baseball, catching for four Division II, NAIA, and NJCAA schools over five years with what he calls “very old-school” mechanics. When he started his coaching career, Bleecker taught the same drills and preached the same philosophies that he had learned in his youth.

Occlusion vs Full View Pitch Recognition Training For Ballplayers

Why is it that when a hitter struggles, the first thing we do is try to change the swing, approach or bat? How often do we ask, “are you SEEING the ball effectively?”

If you’re not seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand, you’re shootin yourself in the foot. When you’re confident, you’re seeing the ball well.

Hitting is about confidence, so let’s make sure we have a plan to pick up the pitch effectively.

Take a peek at the occlusion training. Anticipate the pitch. Pick ball or strike, type of pitch THEN check to see if you’re right with the full version REPLAY.

How To Break Back Into The Line-Up. Be A Barell Guy. Tips From Coach Mongero

When you’re trying to work yourself into the line-up, there are a few things you can do.

One of them is playing good defense.

A good glove keeps you in the line-up and on the field.

But there are a few other things that a hitter can leverage to give themselves a chance to contrinute more to the team.

Coach Mongero lays it out in about 20 seconds in this video.

The Hit Station – A new pitch recognition & baseball vision training by gameSense

Hitting is a split second decision period.

You have to recognize pitch type, ball or a strike, react accordingly and THEN hope that your mechanics are on point and your approach is correct.

No wonder hitting is the hardest thing to do in all of sports.

And like our boy Steve Springer says:

“Baseball is the biggest self-esteem destroying sport in the world” – Steve Springer

We agree.

This is why hitters are using every tool and advantage to gain that edge.

This is also why we’re excited to launch the HIT STATION.

Our newest gameSense pitch recognition training feature.

When you log in and click on Hit Station, you’ll be presented with a simulation pitch sequence.

You anticipate the type of pitch, ball or strike and then receive direct feedback.

It’s a perfect way to incorporate it into your actual batting practice session with a bat in your hand.