Ten Year Major-League Veteran Oakland A's World Series Champion (1972-1973-1974) Forty-two Year Professional Career Twenty-five Year Professional Infield Instructor One Thousand Plus Minor-League Managerial Victories Writer and Author
"OLD SCHOOL MVP"
proudly offers the following... "HOW TO FIELD A GROUND BALL" The ultimate instructional guide for infielders.
THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICA'S PASTIME A personal look at the game, past and present.
"FUNDAMENTAL INFIELD PLAY" A comprehensive infield instructional program.
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"Fifty years ago there were no instructors for us players. We were on our own. How well anyone played was a personal responsibility. Any advice from an "old-timer" might have been nothing more than "go get-um, son."
"Because I knew nothing about fielding a baseball coming out of high school, during the first couple of years of my professional career, I paid strict attention to how every move I made affected my fielding of the baseball. With a better understanding of the fielding process, and by experimenting with my movements, altering some, changing others, my confidence grew as did my consistency, and my overall ability to field the ground ball."
Everything I learned and taught myself is detailed in my document titled...
"HOW TO FIELD A GROUND BALL." This 18,000 word, fifty-four page document is the ultimate instructional guide for infielders.
There is more to the process of fielding ground balls successfully and consistently than merely heeding the time-worn, and so often used, admonitions to "get in front of the ball," "stay low," "keep your head down," "watch the ball into the glove," and "charge the ball." Not meaningless directives themselves, the actual process is a complex mix of movements, actions, and postures that are never identified in other programs despite the enormous impact they have on the level of success an infielder reaches.
From "HOW TO FIELD A GROUND BALL" by Ted Kubiak My analysis of the fielding process is an in-depth, encyclopedic instructional guide for every player looking to improve, for every parent wanting to "coach," and work side by side with his or her youngster, and for every coach and instructor wanting to increase his or her own instructional capability and expertise.
You will not find anything to match the scope of what my document will teach you about the fielding process.
"I was at one time considered one of the best infielders in the major leagues."
The fielding process is not defined by the many drills that are commonly taught on every internet site, at every profit oriented "baseball school," clinic, indoor facility, or one-on-one instructional session, but by a number of movements that coordinate the actions, postures, and maneuvers of those drills such that the timing, rhythm, balance, and control that is responsible for ground balls being fielded successfully and consistently is developed..
My document will not only tell you what to do, it will tell you how to do it. You will be getting the best instructional advice you'll find anywhere on how to field a ground ball. It will be the most cost effective investment you could make.
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THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICA'S PASTIME My book has two themes. First, you will experience the ups and downs of my six, often frustrating, minor-league seasons during which I fought the ambivalence of pursing a career in professional baseball versus one in the study of architecture. Then you will visit the front office of a major-league organization to see what the introduction of technology and use of the computer have done to the game making it now one that I do not recognize.
Baseball used to be bats, balls, hits, and errors. It is now analytics, algorithms, computers, and sabermetrics, and who knows what tomorrow's scientific discoveries will bring. The "brainiacs" in charge have morphed the game into the technological age, retooling it with grandiose expectations only to watch play suffer, and their athletes break down with alarming regularity.
From "OLD SCHOOL" by Ted Kubiak
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****************************** "FUNDAMENTAL INFIELD PLAY" This is a 300 page instructional infield manual created when I was the Defensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians. It includes more than thirty conditioning drills, in-depth explanations of every team fundamental, examples of defensive alignments and strategies, positional responsibilities, work schedules, and a number of mental and psychological considerations that affect an infielder's performance. It is a resource for every coach wanting to establish a program, or enhance one already in place.
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