• 2020 Holicong Baseball Distance Learning
     
     
    6/12/2020 - An incredibly important story...
     
     
    Friday Baseball Movie: 42: The True Story of an American Legend
     
    42
     
    Reflection Questions: 42 Reflection Questions
     
     
    6/11/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: Lets Talk about Rookie Right Handed Pitchers (Think CB East Draft Pick Nick Bitsko!!!)
     
    2013 In a much-anticipated major league debut, Gerrit Cole throws six scoreless six innings in the Pirates' 8-2 victory over San Francisco at PNC Park. A larger-than-average Tuesday night crowd of 30,614, which includes over 10,000 walk-ups, is on hand to watch the overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft No. 1 selection earn his first big league career victory.

     

     
    Coaches Corner: Congratulations to Holicong Baseball Alumni Pitcher Nick Bitsko on being drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays!
     
     
     
    6/10/2020 - Keeping things in perspective...ESPN My Wish Series
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2011 Michael Acosta, a longtime Twins fan, gets a chance to manage the team for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. An episode of ESPN SportsCenter's "My Wish" series features the testicular cancer survivor's big day at Target Field.

     

     
     
     
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    6/9/2020 - Remember Baseball Cards...
     
    This Day in Baseball History: Who collects Baseball Cards?
     
    1914 At the Baker Bowl, Honus Wagner becomes the second player in the history of the game to collect 3000 hits when he doubles off Philadelphia's Erskine Mayer. Cap Anson is the only other major leaguer to amass as many hits.
     
     
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    6/8/2020 Last Week of Baseball Posts!!!
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2010 Tim Wakefield tosses 7.1 innings in Boston's 3-2 victory over Cleveland at Progressive Field to become the Red Sox's all-time leader innings pitched. The 43 year-old right-handed knuckleballer surpasses Roger Clemens, who had established the mark during his 13 seasons with the club by throwing 2,776 frames.

     

     
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    6/5/2020
     
    Friday Baseball Movie!!!
     
    The Natural IMDB: The Natural
     
    The Natural
     
     
     
    6/4/2020  CB East Star Prospect: Nick Bitsko
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2013 After tying the game in the tenth inning with a home run off Steve Cishek, John Mayberry Jr. hits his first career bases-full round-tripper with two outs in the bottom of the 11th to give the Phillies a 7-3 walk-off victory over Miami at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia outfielder, who entered the contest in the seventh frame as a pinch-hitter, ties a major league record shared by five other players for the most round-trippers hit in extra innings in one game.
     
     
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    6/3/2020 - Sportsmanship (important reading)
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2010 The day after he loses a perfect game on a blown call, Armando Galarraga presents the lineup card at home plate to Jim Joyce, the ump who made the infamous call. In a display of outstanding sportsmanship, applauded nationwide, the two shake hands, and when the pitcher walks away, the apologetic arbitrator pats the Venezuelan right-hander on the shoulder.

     

     
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    6/2/2020 - Ichiro!!!
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2009 Ichiro Suzuki, with a first-inning leadoff infield hit off David Hernandez in the Mariners' 8-2 victory over the Orioles at Safeco Field, sets a new team record by hitting safely in his 26th consecutive game. The 35 year-old outfielder extends the mark to 27 tomorrow, surpassing the franchise mark he established in 2007.

     

     
     
    Baseball Media/Movies: Ichiro Highlights (youtube video)
     
     
    6/1/2020 - Fun with Mascots
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2011 Stunning the crowd, Teddy, it appears, has finally won a President's Race at Nationals Park, bringing an end to his winless streak. Unfortunately, because TR sped into first place riding a Segway, he is quickly and emphatically disqualified by Screech, the team's mascot.

     

     
     
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    5/29/2020 -Baseball Movie Night
     
    Sandlot
     
    The Sandlot: Available on Disney Plus and streaming everywhere.
     
    Sandlot Trivia: Sandlot Trivia (website)
     
     
     
     
    5/28/2020 - The Questionable Legacy of Barry Bonds
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    1998 In the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and his team ahead by two runs, Diamondbacks' manager Buck Showalter orders that Barry Bonds be intentionally walked with the bases loaded by reliever Gregg Olson. The free pass works when the next batter, Brett Mayne, lines outs to deep center field, giving Arizona an 8-7 victory at Candlestick Park.
     
    2006 At AT&T Park, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list, taking sole possession of second place when he hits the 715th homer of his 21-year big league career. The historic homer, which comes off a 90-mph fastball thrown by Byung-Hyun Kim of the Rockies, makes the Giants outfielder the most prolific left-handed slugger in baseball history.
     
     
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    5/27/2020 - The Healing Power of Baseball
     
     
    This Day in Baseball History:
     
    2012 A sign bearing the likeness of Mike Piazza connecting for his decisive eighth-inning home run in the Mets' 3-2 victory against Atlanta in the first professional sports event in New York City following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 proves to be the winning entry in the Mets' revival of Banner Day, a team tradition started in 1963 that lasted until 1996. The artwork, created by cousins Olivia Nuzzo and Stephanie Giangrande, included a section of the NYC's former skyline, with the WTC towers silhouetted above Piazza's heroic homer in mid-swing above the words, "The home run that helped heal N.Y. God Bless America. Let's Go Mets."
     
     
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    5/26/2020 - Bloopers Today!!!
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    1993 Carlos Martinez hits a fly ball to Jose Canseco that caroms off the Ranger outfielder's head over the fence for a home run. The fourth inning solo homer will prove to be the difference when the Indians edge Texas at Cleveland Stadium, 7-6.
     
     
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    5/22/2020 - Watch a baseball movie tonight!!!
     
    Film Image
     
    Field of Dreams: available to stream everywhere, free on Cable Network Stars: Field of Dreams Itunes Link
     
     
     
    5/21/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2013 Mike Trout becomes the youngest player in American League history to hit for the cycle when he goes 4-for-5 in the Angels' 12-0 rout of the Mariners. The 21 year-old 'Millville Meteor' beats out an infield single in the third, triples in the fourth, doubles in the sixth, and goes deep in the eighth, becoming the sixth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
     
     
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    5/20/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2018 Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks equals Aroldis Chapman's mark for the fastest pitch known in baseball history when he throws, a pair of pitches clocked at 105 mph in team's 5-1 victory over the Phillies at Busch Stadium. The 21 year-old Redbird rookie right-handed reliever had never appeared in a game above Class A before starting the season with St. Louis this year.
     
     
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    5/19/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2013 After pinch-runner Cliff Lee becomes a pickoff victim at first base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, who did not start the contest, ties the game with a solo home run to left field off Cincinnati flame thrower Aroldis Chapman. The next batter, Freddie Galvis, blasts a home run to complete the improbable Citizens Bank Park comeback, giving Philadelphia a dramatic 3-2 walk-off victory.
     
     
     
    *Eric Kratz is a local product out of Christopher Dock Mennonite School*
     
     
    5/18/2020 "Don't get caught stealing!"
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2000 In a 6-2 loss to the Padres, the Marlins steal ten bases, which is one shy of the National League record. Luis Castillo (3), Cliff Floyd (3), Preston Wilson (2), and Mark Kotsay (2), the top four batters in the Fish lineup, are responsible for the grand theft.
     
     
     
     
    5/15/2020 - lets talk about triples
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    1997 In an 8-2 win over San Diego, the Cubs score half their runs when Brian McRae, Doug Glanville, and Sammy Sosa all triple in the bottom of the seventh inning off Friar right-hander Tim Scott. Chicago third baseman Jose Hernandez also chips in with a run-producing three-bagger during the fourth inning of the Wrigley Field contest.
     
    Coaches Corner: The art of the triple (youtube video) (Watch the players and observe how they leave the batters box, put max effort into their stride, find the ball, round the bases, and pick up their base coaches...)
     
    Baseball Media/Movies: Roberto Clemente Bio (a must see about one the greatest MLB players you may not have heard of!!!)

     

    Career Leaders in Triples (reference page) 

    Old: Sam Crawford, 309
    Modern: Stan Musial, 177

    Musial hit most of his triples after 1947. If you want someone whose entire career falls squarely in the modern era, Roberto Clemente's your man (166).Ro

     
    5/14/2020 
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
     
    2012 At the age of 19 years and 211 days, Nationals' rookie Bryce Harper becomes the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run, breaking the mark established by 20 years and 173 days old named Gary Carter as an Expo before the team left Montreal to play in Washington. Harmon Killebrew remains the youngest to homer for a Washington team, accomplishing the feat with the Senators in 1955 at the age of 19 years and 88 days old.
     
     
    Harper
     
    Coaches Corner: quick hitting videos with Bryce Harper
     
     
    5/13/2020 - A change up for today...
     
    Check out these videos of my "Build-a-mound" project.  I used very simple plans to construct a mound that my son could practice on.  I'm average on the carpentry skills.  If interested please check out the plans and videos linked below.  NOTE: ANY PROJECT SHOULD BE CONDUCTED UNDER THE SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE OF YOUR PARENT/GUARDIAN.  DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY PROJECT WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION:
     
     
    Videos: Mound Construction Videos (these may be helpful)
     
     
     
    5/12/2020 - Let's switch to Power Hitting
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2015 Giancarlo Stanton becomes the fourth player to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium, joining Mark McGwire (1999), Mike Piazza (1997), and Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice (1969, 1973). The jaw-dropping first-inning blast off Mike Bolsinger, estimated to have traveled 475 feet, proves to be the only bright spot in the Marlins' 11-1 loss to LA at Chavez Ravine.
     
    Coaches Corner: Tee-Work Drills (Youtube Video) (great drills you can do now!!!)
     
    Baseball Media/Movies: Stanton's absolute bomb (youtube link)
     
     
    5/11/2020 - rounding out the 20K pitchers (minus Clemens)
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2016 Max Scherzer ties a major league mark when he strikes out 20 batters in a nine-inning game, joining Roger Clemens (1986, 1996 Red Sox), Kerry Wood (1998 Cubs), and Randy Johnson (2001 Diamondbacks). The 31 year-old right-hander, who goes the distance in Washington's 3-2 victory over the Tigers at Nationals Park, has an opportunity to establish a new record with two out in the ninth, but James McCann grounds into a force out at second base to end the contest.
     
     
    Baseball Media/Movies: Max's 20K (youtube Link)
     
     
     
    This Day in Baseball History:
    2001 Diamondback southpaw fireballer Randy Johnson joins Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood as the only pitchers to strike out 20 batters in nine innings, although the deed will not be officially recognized as tying a record, at first, because the contest against the Reds goes extra innings. After being pulled in the ninth, the three-time Cy Young Award winner does not get an opportunity to break Tom Cheney's major league mark of 21 strikeouts recorded by the 27 year-old Senator right-hander in a 16-inning contest on September 12, 1962 against the Orioles.
     
    Coaches Corner: Article Link (Fastball grips) - great article with pictures and models for the many fastball grips out there...
     
    Baseball Media/Movies: Randy Johnson's 20K (youtube link)
     
    5/7/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2010 Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a shutout when he blanks Atlanta, 7-0, and the first to accomplish the feat in four different decades. The Phillies right-hander, who is 47 years and 170 days, easily surpasses the previous record established by Indian hurler Phil Niekro, who shut out the Blue Jays in 1985 at the age of 46 years and 188 days.
     
    Coaches Corner: Attention Pitchers - Check out the article below on Jamie Moyer's pitches.  Great information on his four pitches and his philosophy of pitching.
     
    Baseball Media/Movies: Book excerpt (pdf) Jamie Moyer book Excerpt (pdf)
     
     
     
    5/6/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    1998 Cubs' rookie Kerry Wood ties a major league record when he strikes out 20 batters in nine innings, limiting the Astros to one hit in the team's 2-0 at Wrigley Field. In addition to matching Red Sox fireballer Roger Clemens' feat (Mariners-1986 and Tigers-1996), the 20 year-old Texan breaks the National League record of 19 strikeouts in a nine-inning game shared by Steve Carlton, David Cone, and Tom Seaver.
     
    Coaches Corner: Throwing the Slurve - Slurve Tutorial (YouTube Video Link)
     
     
    Daily Video Link: Kerry Wood Strikes out 20 - Kerry Wood 20Ks YouTube Link
     
    5/5/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2004 Mets backstop Mike Piazza passes Carlton Fisk for most home runs hit by a catcher when he hits his 352nd round-tripper as a catcher. The Norristown, PA native's 405-foot opposite-field historic homer comes off a Jerome Williams' 3-1 fastball during the first inning of the Mets' 8-2 victory at Shea Stadium. Piazza is a native of Norristown, PA.
     
    Coaches Tip of the Day: Basic Fielding - Ripken 
     
    Baseball Media/Movies: Try and watch the movie "Field of Dreams" this week, Trivia to come on Friday...
     
     
    5/4/2020
     
    This Day in Baseball History: 
    2009 Ryan Howard's grand slam powers the Phillies past St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 6-1. The slugging first baseman's seventh career grand salami ties Mike Schmidt's franchise record.
     
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    Book Link:  K: History of Baseball... (if you are in the market for a great baseball book check this out..)
     
     
     
     
    5/ /2020
     
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    2019 Information:
     
    Coach 7th Grade Baseball: Chris Rittenhouse (crittenhouse@cbdsd.org)
    Coach 8th Grade Baseball: Kelley Reed (kereed@cbsd.org
    Coach 9th Grade Baseball: Chris Rittenhouse/Kelley Reed
     
    Schedule Information:

     7th, 8th, 9th Holicong Baseball (Multi-Schedule)

     
    Useful Information:
    General Playbook: Below is a basic playbook that contains coverage, responsibilities, and other valuable information.  Take some time to review position responsibilities:  Rule #1: Everyone should be moving on every play!!!
     
     
    Basic Cutoff Coverage: Rule - shortstop and 2nd typically move towards the ball to cover the base or be the cutoff.  On balls hit to left field the 3rd baseman will be typically be the cutoff or will cover third if the play is at third.  On balls coming home the 1st baseman will cut from center and right.  The third baseman will cut from left.
     
    Basic Bunt Coverage: Rule - the second baseman will cover first base on almost all bunts.  On situations where a runner is on 2nd the third baseman will act as if he is charging, but will retreat to third base when the pitch is made.  On those plays the fielding responsibility is on the pitcher, catcher and first baseman.  The 2nd baseman will cover first.
    Bunt Coverage
     
    Signs: (password protected) - HMS Baseball Signs