Rockpile Rumblings Spring Training – Day 8 “Repetition”

    Did I say repetition? The game of baseball is all about that. To become proficient at any task, one needs to perform a routine with quality sound effort, to perfect the fundamental. The early stages of spring training is exactly this. Not only do we do this during spring training, we carry this out throughout the season. Being creative and adjusting to the schedule is a way to break up the monotony.
     With only four days left until full squad workouts, pitchers are up to 40 pitches in the bullpen. Saturday will be the first day of live batting practice. Building up arm strength and endurance is the plan to get ready for the season. Pitchers continue working on fielding their position, bunt plays, covering 1st, etc. One piece of advice to young pitchers when either fielding a bunt or fielding their position, you need to slow down your minds down and execute the throw. The issue at times is when you rush, don’t set your feet and fail to make a proper throw. It may seem monotonous to do these drills over and over but hopefully it will make a difference during the season.
    The catchers worked on blocking home, but today the machine was set up in right field to work on the throw coming in from another angle. They worked on the wild pitch, where a sliding pad was down, a ball was placed beside it and catchers will run, slide, pick up the ball and quickly put themselves in a position to feed the ball back to the pitcher that covers home.
    The weather here has been very pleasant. The winds may pick up some tomorrow but at 74 degrees, we really can’t complain.
     Until tomorrow, take time to help someone today, don’t take any day for granted.
May God Bless and Never Surrender!!!!
-Joe Mikulik

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