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August 24, 2015
by Tamra Burdette

Top 15 Pitchers In The Cal Ripken League


Pitching was at a premium in the Cal Ripken League this summer. Compiling this list was very difficult for me. There were great starting pitchers and there were great relief pitchers in the league this summer. But, where do the middle relievers fit in this this? How important are wins and era in making this list? These are just a few of the questions I had to ask myself, and this is why compiling my top players lists is going to be very difficult.

1. Matt Bowman RHP Bethesda–Princeton
Matt was clearly the best pitcher in the league this summer. At 6-0/165, he isn’t the biggest player on the field, but he showed a blazing fastball and pretty good command of an off-speed pitch. He went 5-2, had an era of 0.82 and pitched 55 innings for the Big Train. He surrendered just 31 hits, walked a ridiculously low 6 batters and he fanned 46 on the summer. According to and, he said he was using baseball equipment to further improve his pitching skills. He also recommends people using equipments if they want to become better at pitching. He also pitched 2 shutouts and fanned 8+ batters twice this summer. He led the league in era and was tied for first in wins. He also placed third in the league in strikeouts, and was second in the league in innings pitched. He was an All-Star and was named to the Cal Ripken League All-League Team for his play. Perfect Game also named him a 2nd Team All-American this summer.

2. John-Austin Shephard RHP Southern Maryland–Tusculum
John-Austin is 6-2/190 pounds and he hails from Haymarket, VA. He was, without a doubt, the best reliever in the league this summer. He went 0-1, and had a 1.06 era in 17 innings pitched. In 18 appearances, he fanned 15 batters, and surrendered 16 hits. He also led the league with 15 saves this season. He was named to the All-League list as well this summer.

3. Kelly Secrest LHP Bethesda–UNC Wilmington
Kelly, a 6-0/185 pounder went 4-2 and sported a great 0.97 in 37 innings pitched. He allowed 29 hits, walked just 8 batters and he fanned 25 for Bethesda. He was second in the league in era this year. Kelly was named both an All-Star and an All-League player for this performance this summer.

4. Houston Hibbard RHP Rockville–San Fransisco
Houston is a 6-2/205 Senior from Los Gatos, CA. He went 4-2 and had a 2.08 era in a league-leading 60.2 innings pitched. He had a bb/k ratio of 11/32 and he led the league with 3 complete games this season.


5. Ryan Farrar LHP Youse’s–VCU
Ryan is a 5-2/180 pound Senior from Mechanicsville, VA. He went 1-0 and sported a 1.13 era in 24 innings of work this year. He appeared in 14 games, saved 5 of them and fanned a rather high 30 batters. This translates into a 13.5 k/9 ratio. He was also named to participate in the All-Star Game this summer.

6. Sander Beck RHP Youse’s–Maryland
Sander is a 6-2/200 pound rhp from the University of Maryland. The recent Baltimore Orioles draftee went 3-1 and had a 2.25 era in 32 innings of work. He allowed just 23 hits and had a bb/k ratio of 14/41 this year.

7. Austin Poretz RHP S. Maryland–?
Austin, an All-Star from Edgewater, MD went 5-1 and had a 2.85 era in 53.2 innings pitched. He allowed 50 hits, walked 18 batters and fanned 43 this season.

8. Martin Agosta RHP Bethesda–St. Mary’s
Martin was a key part in the best pitching-team in the league. He went 4-0, had a 0.99 era in 27.1 innings pitched this year. He allowed just 16 hits, walked just 3 batters and fanned 30 for the Big Train. He appeared in 11 games, made 2 starts and saved 2 games this year.

9. Drake Browne RHP Vienna–Furman
Drake, an All-Star this summer went 0-2 and had a 2.49 era in 25.1 innings of work. He had a bb/k ratio of 5/22 and he was second in the league with 6 saves.

10. Jarius Rhodes RHP Rockville–Georgia Perimeter
The hard-throwing Rhodes went 0-2, with a 1.32 era in 34 innings pitched. He allowed 24 hits, walked 11 and fanned 31 batters this summer.


11. Chad Kuhl RHP Youse’s–Delaware
Chad, a Bear, DE native went 5-2 and had a 2.63 era in 51.1 innings pitched. He made 8 starts, fanned 39 batters and he had one shutout this summer.

12. Bradley Markey RHP Youse’s–Georgia Tech
He went 5-2 and had a 2.36 era in 49.2 innings pitched. He fanned 35 batters, made 8 starts and completed 2 games.

13. Mike Mitchell RHP Vienna–UMBC
Mike is a big (6-3/225 pound) RHP from UMBC. He went 4-2 and had a .270 era in 46.2 innings of work this summer. He made 8 starts, walked 7 batters and he fanned 24 this summer.

14. Kyle Mullen RHP Alexandria–Saint Joseph’s
Kyle, an All-Star went 2-2 and had a 1.29 era in 28 innings pitched this summer. He fanned 20 batters and walked just 5 this year. Kyle appeared in 5 games, made 4 starts and complete 2 of those games.

15. David Wayne Russo LHP Bethesda–San Jose State
David went 2-0 and had a 1.85 era in 24.1 innings pitched this summer. He allowed just 13 hits, fanned 15 and saved 1 game.

February 9, 2015
by Tamra Burdette

How To Become a Five-Tool Player In Baseball


Usually players placed at same positions are judged through their skills like average hitting, power of strike, ability to run, ability to field and strength of arms.

Listed below are some instructions that will help a person to become good at all five tools.

What the Selectors Want

It varies by the organizations, but usually talent of baseball teams is usually measured by rating scale of 20-80. The classification of point distribution has numbers from 2 to 8, and examination of each skill is done strictly.

Adding each number and then multiplying it by 2 gives Overall Future Potential, which makes the player a future star if he scores above 65, and if he scores 50 he will be marked as regular player.

Hitting Skills

Great players like Ichiro Suzuki and Tony Gwynn are not players with all five skills, but both are top all-time hitters.

A simple advice to strike a lofty average is to grip the bat properly. With centre knuckles nearly lined up this enables the hands to response to pitch with no trouble.

For swift reactions keep knuckles lined up.


Hitting is famed to certain point, but in reality every team needs more defensive players.

A great team is when defenders help in stopping runs of opposing team and hitters can contribute in scoring more runs.

Working on catching and running skills can make a player better defender.

Utilizing Power for Hitting

Albert Pujols exercises each day but the most important thing hitters have is attitude.

The strength draws closer when batter is stationary, balanced and prepared to hit the approaching pitch.

Keep head in position and flow in swing.


With a high speed running ability, it makes the other tools even more lethal. In 4.1 seconds it is not very easy to approach the line.

By observing situational methods of running, a person can be better at running, and also can become good in judging and taking action for catching balls.

In order to get better at running, study best base runners.

Strength in Arms


Raul Mondesi is remembered when someone talks about arm strength because of the strength of his right arm, he made it hard for opponent teams to reach from 1st to 3rd plate on a single strike.

With a strong arm a person can overcome the deficiency of speed; it will make the time to reach for the ball longer, but will keep runners on watch.

An arm could be kept strong by working out at a gym so that the people know about player’s value.

February 9, 2015
by Tamra Burdette

Learn To Hit a Baseball With Confidence

Hitting Baseball

One thing should be kept in mind that when a person is starting to learn how to successfully strike a baseball. He should be careful with pitches and when to strike. This will help the person to be a better player.

Many time players are seen swinging at dire pitches, which are clearly wide from the strike zone and are found usually swinging at pitches that are not even above the plate.

Usually players get strike out, due to the reason they are striking at the balls which are pitched far from the zone of strike. In order to be perfect at hitting, a player must be careful. If player’s aim is to move the runner, and if he is right handed, he must strike to the field opposite then he should wait for a pitch that is far on the plate and hit it.

The same technique could be applied for the left hander who is looking to bunt the ball, while it is more difficult for the left hander but that only happens if an inside pitch is bunt along the third base row. In order to bunt a ball a player, who is left hander, should wait for the pitch which is in the centre of plate or which is on the plate’s exterior side.

Being careful and striking the exact pitch is the most important thing that is what a person should be doing if he is training to be good in hitting the baseball. From past top hitters it is observed that they take their time and wait for the correct pitch to strike, which may include them getting two strikes and then hitting the right pitch.

February 9, 2015
by Tamra Burdette

Tips To Become the Best in Baseball


A number of boys dream of being successful in Major league without even thinking of sweat, sacrifice and tears required to fulfill that dream. Baseball is a difficult game to get perfect, but if a person is motivated, hardworking, true to himself, and decides a goal and works passionately for it, he could accomplish his dreams of childhood.

It Requires Time

In order to be a great baseball player a person must do many repetitions which are known as reps in the language of game. Sports science reveals that when a skilled fastball is pitched even half trajectory of the pitch at the plate is not visible to the batter and the swing is executed by the player’s guess here the reps are useful. A person should know exactly where the ball will come so that he could hit the ball. And that sense can only be build up if a person performs thousands of reps. That can be achieved if a person starts at young age and practices by playing as much as possible, and by staying dedicated and prepared to give up time for friends.

Sharpen Your Skills

In baseball players are judged on the basis of five main skills, the ability to catch a ball, running speed, arms strength, average hits and hitting power. In top players all of these five qualities can be seen easily. After practicing for nearly thousand reps a person can judge at what point he is best. Give as much time possible to these five tools and get a qualified coach to get better at these skills.

Train to Become a Professional


Become a Professional Grade Athlete

Baseball is a game made from line of different movements and progressing requires rest and improvement. A batter is not usually seen exhausted from swinging excessively because this game doesn’t require only swimming and jogging what it requires is a lot of exercise in the gym mainly, developed shoulder strength and total body strength.

Come Into the Eyes of Selectors

Make a way to pro game and avail the chance of getting seen by a MLB organization. Mostly people are selected by scouts of Major League and some get recommended by earlier professionals. Keep participating in tryouts, search deeply and locate decision makers and try to get witnessed by them or if a person has courage he can simply demand to get seen. Baseball requires best of the best so if a person is good enough he will get the chance to be a major league player.

September 8, 2014
by Tamra Burdette

Baseball Hitting Training for Beginners


Baseball is a game of power and technique and those who love playing it can bring disastrous results for the opponent team. The players should be committed to win the game and psychiatrist should give their mind some jerks to make them fresh before going to play the game. When going to start playing this game, you should prepare your child’s mindset so that he or she may play the game whole heartedly and may prove them great players. When going to give your son a game of baseball to play, your son should also be ready to pounce on this game so that he may show interest and the results may go in your favor.

Baseball demands a lot of power and still eyes to play the game. First of all, you should focus your eyes on the ball so the speed may not blur your eyes and you may see the ball till at the end. The mindset to play the ball should be courageous and you should not be double minded at any time. Make your eyes still and watch the ball for long time till it reaches in keeper’s hand. This will make you to have perfect potential when you desire to hit the ball; you will be able to hit the ball in the right sense.

Working out on your fitness is also very important for baseball hitting so in this case we would recommend you with the workout routine created by the celebrity Zac Efron. With his routine, you’ll be sure to learn his diet and workout plan that he did to get his fitness.

Most of the beginner players do not focus on hitting the ball and they are suffering from various issues. If you want to hit baseball in perfect sense, you need to focus on watching the ball so you may hit it whenever you think it’s necessary to hit and you may leave those balls which are away from your range.

Also, if your eyes are still and focused and you can watch the ball with ease, you need not to be worried in this format as hitting the ball becomes easy for you.

Watch this video for tips

Moreover, running in baseball is also crucial because when you hit, you should make coordination with other players so you may run when they are ready to run and you may not be declared as out. In this game, the main things are running, coordination and focusing eyes. If you have these things in your mind, you need not to be worried more as you can enjoy living and can become a great baseball player. You will be praised by all if you focus on ball.

June 25, 2014
by Tamra Burdette

Workout to Improve your Pitching Skill

Baseball Workout for Pitchers

Baseball can be good to play for the sake of fitness and healthy body. There is the dire need to focus on your moves while playing the game and you can also focus on others’ moves so that you may steal the ball with fast pace and may score in others’ way. So, baseball techniques can also be read only if you focus on a few techniques. The techniques like pitcher workout, you can enjoy living and can have quality workout in baseball. The baseball is the game which is really great to play and we all should play it with tips and techniques.


When it comes to steal the ball, the first steps of the person is important. Such drilling can be done with some tennis ball, verbal signals and a live pitcher. Such techniques can be great and can have quality results. There is no better way to improve the skills of stealing without facing the pitcher practicing of pickoff moves of the person. Such opportunity is not always available for the person. Every one of us can have quality result by stealing the baseball with ease. There is the need to have pitcher pickoff moves in mind to break ball out.

May 25, 2014
by Tamra Burdette

Power Drink: Which Are the Best for Sports

Energy drinks are same like other drinks but they contain higher energy levels in them and provide complete power to the bodies. Energy drinks leaders vary with the passage of time but with the advancement of time, various types of new drinks are also being made but the old one had maintained their positions in the market. Red Bull and other energy drinks are competitors to one another and are looking for the best energy to the body. Such energy drinks can make us work longer same like dates. If one date can provide higher energy, same drink can provide higher level energy as well. Top 10 best energy drinks are made in the one region but supplied to the whole world. Why not consider a comparison among energy drinks to consider the best one. Here is the list of the names of the energy drinks according to their position on the table in the whole world.

  1. Red Bull
  2. Monster
  3. Rockstar
  4. NOS
  5. Amp
  6. Full Throttle
  7. Xyience Xenergy
  8. VPX Redline
  9. Lucozade
  10. Burn

The list shows top 10 energy drinks to consider for the better taste and relish. Such energy drinks are ideal ones to consider for perfect living. Red Bull supersedes and outraces all its competitors by dint of its selling on higher rates in the whole world. The price does not matter but the sale of the product matters a lot. In this race, Red Bull has left it competitors behind and has made them suffer from various issues. Red Bull and Monster are going in the same race and Monster has also high selling rate. For example, if Red Bull has $3433 million sale in 2013, Monster has $3147 million sale in the same year. So, they are going on top level in the whole world and have high ratio of selling price. Here is the complete list of the entire products for better selection.

Red Bull has $3433 million sale whereas Monster has $3147 million sale. While Rockstar has $821 million sale, NOS has $274 million sale. In the same way, Full Throttle has $104 million sale in the world whereas Xyience Xenergy has $43 million sale. So, these products are good ones in the sale point of view. If one product has something unique in it, it will surely be sold at high price but newly made products cannot get higher ranking in the whole world. Think about using the best product to gain higher level energy drinks in life to use. Moreover, using high rated energy drinks can also be good to provide you good taste with relish. Enjoy drinking energy drinks and you can have the best taste.

Red Bull leads not only the USA but also the whole world because it is selling at the lower rates but in the whole ratio. It has left all of its competitors and can surpass in the whole world. This product comes with specific details printed in the tin and provides higher levels of energy for better taste. By drinking one, you can surely be satisfied for long time and can make your body work longer.

Giant energy drinks can provide energy to the body and we can use them for satisfying our thirst of water and food. Such energy drinks are good to consider by dint of various reasons but Red Bull is the best one as the reviews of its users show. The expression of the customer shows that this product has something unique in it. Drink it and have energy in body.