Take Pride in Your Hitting!
Oldest to newest. I recommend starting with the Swing Plane Series.
5 Hitting Practice Mistakes
Creating Space - Part I
Creating Space - Part II
David Denson HR Derby Swing
Rear Leg Function
Micromove #1 - Front shoulder
Micromove #2 - Rear shoulder
Micromove #3 - The Breakaway
Top Hand - Brandon Crawford vs. Josh Donaldson
Rear Arm Function (Video)
Addison Russell - Swing Analysis
Josh Donaldson - 2012 vs. 2013
Yoenis Cespedes - 2013 vs. 2012
Who is your swing model?
Covering the plate
Covering the plate Part II
Making old cues work:
Squash the bug
Don't fly open (video)
Why baseball players should play soccer
Common Stride Faults - Part One
Common Stride Faults - Part Two
Favorite things of 2014
Improving Pelvis Stability
Donaldson's tweets on athleticism
Andrew McCutchen's article on Little League Baseball
Shoulder function - Part One
Shoulder function - Part Two
Shoulder function - Part Three
Timing and tempo in hitting
Defining the Ideal Athlete for Hitting
My Tribute to Andrew McCutchen's Swing
Kris Bryant: Hip Slide and Swing Depth
Swing Plane Part One
Swing Plane Part Two
Swing Plane Part Three
Five reasons why the scap craze may have gone too far
Swing Variable #1 - Releasing the Barrel
Part Two - Josh Reddick and Releasing the Barrel
Swing Variable #2 - Hips Function
Part Two - Swing Construction by Adduction
Swing Variable #3 - Body Positioning
Part Two - Body Positioning Drill (Video)
Swing Variable #4 - Lead Shoulder
Swing Variable #5 - Separation
Five Keys to the Gather
A Very Long Post on Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper Game Footage - 6/22/15
Hitting as a Multi-Objective Optimization Problem
PRI Integration for Baseball - Course Review
Best of 2015
How Posture Affects Hitting
Part One - Why Extended Posture and a High Leg Lift Don't Mix
Part Two - Introduction to Right Stance
Paul Goldschmidt - Swing Plane, Bat Drag, and Being Boring
Eleven Steps to Becoming a Stud High School Hitter
Tim Tebow, Planting a Tree, and Motor Skill Learning
How to get the most out of Hitting Video
The Ankle, Feet, and the Effects of Footwear on Hitting (guest post!)
The Core in Hitting
Getting a Handle on Axe Bats
The Concept of Overload
Dustin Lind's Epic Post on the Spine and Scap
Greatest hits from my time at Athletics Nation
Josh Donaldson vs. a curveball
Launching the bat
Battle of the Bay - Comparing the swings of Buster Posey and Josh Donaldson
Scouting report from Stockton 2014
Daniel Robertson - Swing Analysis 2014
Check out videos on my YouTube channel EastBayHitting!
Check out Ryan Parker's column "Going Yard" on Baseball Prospectus. Ryan's stuff is worth the price of subscription alone.
I am a big opponent of early sports specialization, and these articles show why:
Hip hinge - Tony Gentilcore has a fantastic piece on this essential movement.
Dispelling the Glute Myth - I have had this one bookmarked for a while. Bret Contreras has so much info in this one it will rock your world.
6 Reasons Anterior Core Exercises are Essential - Shortly after I put out my article on the importance of pelvis orientation in hitting, Cressey posted this fantastic piece. Great minds think alike!
These are coaches that I have had the privilege of talking hitting with and recommend them to players in their areas.
Results Baseball. If you are in Texas, I recommend hitting with my friend Andy Harrington. Andy is a great guy who I have been talking hitting with for years. I've never met someone so passionate about learning about hitting as Andy.
Sequential Training If you follow hitting coach Matt Pierce on Twitter, you know the guys that hit with him can swing it. If you are in the Houston area, I can't recommend him more.
Peabody Baseball John knows hitting. Southern California players seek him out for sure. His website also has a ton of cool videos and clips.
Dugout of Boerne I haven't heard great things about the hitting instruction in the San Antonio. Fortunately Nik Crouch is there to change that.
Tewks Hitting Probably don't need much of intro for Bobby, he has kinda exploded in popularity lately (did you see him throw in the Home Run Derby?). I've chatted with Bobby for a few years now, very knowledgeable coach. Can't go wrong with him if you are in the Northeast.
The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle. Fantastic read. Coyle investigates what separates the elite from average and provides a blueprint for success.
The Sports Gene, David Epstein. Kinda the rebuttal to The Talent Code. Really a great read. Explains why I never made it to the NBA. (Or Olympics, or a bunch of other things.)
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie. This book was first released in 1936, but it could not be more needed today. If you are a coach, this is a must read. Coaching is more than just knowing stuff, it is critical to know HOW to teach.
The Science of Hitting, Ted Williams and John Underwood. Williams is one of the very few athletes who actually teach what they do. The book isn't the end-all to hitting mechanics, but a lot of solid information, especially the proper bat path. Good stories too.
Nine Innings of Hitting, Troy Silva. Good read. I am not saying I agree with everything in the book, but I like the way Silva talks about hitting. He did sway my opinion on a topic of hitting, which is saying something for a stubborn dude like me.
Heads Up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time, Tom Hanson and Ken Ravizza. Really a must read for anyone playing baseball. I had the pleasure to listen to Ravizza speak and he had me ready to run through a wall.
Elite Swing Mechanics ebook, Bobby Tewksbary. This is the best electronic resource out there on hitting. Tewks provide tons of information. I recommend going through it a few times. It took me a few reads to get all the information. Very nice resource.
High Performance Handbook, Eric Cressey. If you are going to buy one strength training/athletic development resource, buy the High Performance Handbook. Cressey did a pretty good job on the incredibly hard task of writing a book that customizes workouts for you. The video library is worth the price alone.
Quality At-Bats. One thing I have really grown an appreciation for his the mental side of hitting. You aren't going to find anyone who has anything bad to say about Coach Springer's program. Check it out.
Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrated Approach, Frans Bosch. Holy crap, this book is amazing. Easily my favorite book of all-time.
Assess and Correct, Eric Cressey, Bill Hartman, and Mike Robertson. This is the best program resource out there by a mile. No big promises, just effective ways to diagnose and treat faulty movement patterns. It isn't exciting, in fact it is pretty boring. But if you go through the program you WILL move better. Being able to move effectively is the absolute lowest denominator in hitting. Build your base of athletic movement!
Jim Wendler's 5/3/1. Great raw strength program. Wendler lays out a honest, no b.s. program. It probably isn't the best program for baseball players - in fact I don't recommend it strictly - but for $10 for the Kindle edition it is well worth it for the insight. If you take the philosophy of this program - keeping what is important the focus - into your workouts you will see benefit.
The Toolshed. Brian Hamm is an up-and-coming face in the baseball community. His first product is really a good tool for hitters looking for a road map on how to become a better player.
http://www.ericcressey.com In my opinion, Eric Cressey sets the standard for strength and speed development. His site offers many free articles and videos. I also recommend his book Maximum Strength.
http://tonygentilcore.com/ Tony Gentilcore has become my favorite athletic writer. Not only his he funny, but his stuff is second to none.
Baseball Savant - This website will melt your face off if you aren't careful. Check out the spray chart compare tool. Willman even set it up where you can save the video. Awesome.
What Pros Wear. - Just a cool site to check out what MLB guys wear. Some good product reviews as well.
The Anywhere Ball. These are pretty cool. You can use them anywhere, like on the side of my house.
Kinovea. Great, great video software. I have tried the other baseball software and recommend Kinovea. Love it, love it.
New Balance Minimus Footwear - A couple years ago if you would have told me I would be wearing minimalist footwear, I wouldn't have believed you. But I really like these shoes.
Open Heart Kitchen in Livermore. - Half of my session fees goes to the cage facility, the other half goes to Open Heart Kitchen. Great, great organization. Unfortunately hunger is a real problem in the East Bay. If you can help, please do.