High Scoring Baseball by Todd Guilliams

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A team’s ability to score runs depends more on the accumulation of quality at-bats than a bunch of individual high batting averages. A person’s batting average tells only a small part of the story of that player’s offensive production. “Batting average needs companion statistics to better describe a player’s contribution to his team. There are other numbers that are better storytellers than RBI, home runs, or batting average” (Keri, 2006). Productive offensive players value quality at-bats. Eight Ways to Get a Quality At-Bat Clearly defining for players exactly what a quality at-bat is helps them understand clearly how they can contribute to the offense.

Having well-defined, clear goals helps a team stay focused. Players are able to focus on achieving the game goals and playing against the game rather than worrying about their opponent. Stealing bases, moving runners, exercising strike-zone discipline, and understanding the importance of having the leadoff man reach base are all components of a high-scoring offense. An offense that is attacking and dictating the tempo of the game is an offense that will cause the defense to make mistakes. Forcing the defense to play at a faster pace often creates mistakes.

Another example would be for the deer to work on stealing third, while the buffalo spend time on recognizing and reacting to balls in the dirt. The buffalo need to key in on lateral movement to advance to third on a dirt ball. This key will help them avoid being thrown out on a ball that kicks just in front of the catcher. Dirt ball reads are critical for the buffalo group because they provide opportunities for base runners to get to third without straight stealing. Another way to target the training for the deer and buffalo is for deer to spend more time bunting while buffalo spend more time hitting.

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