The Making of a Hitter: A Proven and Practical Step-by-Step Baseball Guide

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Offering tips for every level of player, from little league to the major leagues, this guide not only shows players how to hit but also shows parents and coaches how to teach hitting. Presenting techniques drawn from the author's years of experience as a coach and a Major League baseball player, the manual provides an in-depth description of the drills, habits, and lessons critical to a successful future. In addition to providing highly detailed instruction on the fundamentals, the guide reveals ...

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Overview

Offering tips for every level of player, from little league to the major leagues, this guide not only shows players how to hit but also shows parents and coaches how to teach hitting. Presenting techniques drawn from the author's years of experience as a coach and a Major League baseball player, the manual provides an in-depth description of the drills, habits, and lessons critical to a successful future. In addition to providing highly detailed instruction on the fundamentals, the guide reveals how to develop a good mental approach and confidence in every hitter.

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It's great for parents, coaches and players. This author has analyzed how to hit, studied how to convey the results of that analysis, and succeeded in passing it on to readers. His book is out of the park.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979356216
  • Publisher: Second Base Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 946,968
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Perconte was a professional baseball player for 12 years who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cleveland Indians, the Seattle Mariners, and the Chicago White Sox. He has taught baseball and softball for more than 20 years, most recently at his sports academy in Naperville, Illinois. He lives in Lisle, Illinois. Mike Scioscia is a former Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the manager who led the Los Angeles Angels to the World Series championship in 2002. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    great book for budding baseball players, their coaches, and parents

    Are you a kid, the parent of a kid, or the coach of a kid who really enjoys playing baseball and wants to get better? Jack Perconte, who played major league baseball from 1980 to 1986 and founded the Perconte Sports Academy (now the Centerfield Sports Academy) in Naperville, IL, to help players reach their full potential, has written the book for you. Perconte stresses teaching and practicing the fundamentals with 52 drills, some basic and some more advanced, to reinforce these fundamentals. The book begins by encouraging the coach, which includes the parent too, to "Be the Coach You Were Meant to Be." Ten more chapters follow, some of which talk about instant feedback, teaching the strike zone, constant reminders and adjustments, the mental side of hitting, problem solving, and other hitting topics. There is also a chapter on the importance of "Having Fun." The Foreword was written by Mike Scioscia, current manager with the Los Angeles Angels, who said, "This book is the best I've seen to help coaches (and dads like me) understand the swing and teach proper mechanics to help a young hitter reach his potential."
    A sixteenth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1976, Perconte spent a total of twelve years in professional baseball, seven of those in the majors. After a successful minor league career he played a few games with the Dodgers in 1980 and 1981. Traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1982, he then went to the Seattle Mariners in 1984, and finished his career in 1986 playing 24 games for the Chicago White Sox. During this time, he posted a .311 mark in the minors and a career .270 average in the majors. When he retired from professional baseball, Perconte opened his baseball training academy. The hitting drills, mental training, and coaching tips found in The Making of a Hitter, which features more than 130 helpful photos, were the result of the 60,000 hitting lessons Perconte estimates he gave while operating the academy. One of the things that he emphasizes in the book is, "Remember, practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."
    I have played very little baseball in my life. When I was growing up, my younger brother played little league and I practiced with him a lot, but I was never on a team myself. I did occasionally join in recess ball games during elementary school, although I was more often the umpire than a player, and there were the obligatory baseball games in junior and senior high gym classes. However, baseball has always been my favorite sport. Having grown up in southern Ohio, I am still a Cincinnati Reds fan. Also my younger son played several seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals Redbird Rookie League when we lived near St. Louis, MO, and I helped coach his team. While there is a good deal of technical language in this book that may not appeal to everyone, if you or some youngster you are trying to help is passionate about baseball and wants to be the best hitter possible, you will find much useful information in this book. Perconte's next book will be Raising an Athlete: How to Instill Confidence, Build Skills and Inspire a Love of Sport.

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