There is nothing on earth more beautiful then a crisp field and a cool spring day with just you, your bat, and a ball being flung at you at high speed. One of the challenges that can come from trying to have this experience is that it will require that you either make sure that you have someone with you every time you are interested or wanting to go out and hit a few balls, or you buy one of many pitching machines that are available out there for sale.
There are many great designs that you can choose from all coming with their own options and benefits. When it comes to sorting through all of this and deciding which one is the right one for you it can be a little bit of a challenge if you don’t understand a little bit about how they work and the differences that they each have.
To begin with, this choice ultimately comes down to first selecting from two different model designs. There is the automatic, and then there is the manual type of pitching machines.
As discussed previously if you are interested in going out on your own and hitting a few balls, or your in a unique situation where you need to purchase pitching machines for a school or team then an automatic one is the best choice for you. The benefit to using one of these types of pitching machines is that you are not required to feed balls into the machine in order for it to work properly. Again this makes it easier if you are going out alone or helping someone else with their swing.
The down side to an automatic style machine is that they are unable to change or stop as you need it to. This means that if you have to stop or move for some reason the machine will not pay any attention to this and throw the ball regardless of what you are doing.
The benefit to using one of the several models of manual pitching machines is that you will be able to pause or adjust your timing as needed depending upon how the balls are being hit. On the other side of the coin you have to rely on someone else to practice which means that you will need to have a good friend that is just as passionate about baseball as you are.
In addition to the obvious value, there are some other factors that may play into whether or not you are going to want to purchase a particular one of these pitching machines. A lot of what you may decide to do will largely depend upon your budget and need. As the automatic models are more expensive it depends upon how much you are not wanting to count on someone else to be there to assist you. But if you can afford it these are the machines to choose from.
All around I like what I see from the Yankees so far. Can’t by wins and losses in spring training. Their key pitchers have been doing well. Key bats seem to be OK. I think they are on track to be ready to kick ass in the AL east beginning in April. It will be another tense season of course. Red Sox look to retool and not repeat the same aweful slide they had last season. Rays are looking good. Toronto maybe Balto. Its shaping up to be a great baseball season.
Not only did we have to put up with his gut wrenching starts… now we have to hear his excuses as to why he was such a poor starter for the Yankees. Apparently at Pirate’s camp yesterday AJ revealed the true reason why he as less than steller during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. “Too many many people messed with me” AJ said… following with that this effected his confidence. You know what… I see this as a prima donna player who is uncoachable. If he went out there and was consistant the coaches wouldn’t have “messed” with him. It’s worth the money to get rid of him. Although he was fun to watch at times. My memory of AJ will be when he cursed at Girardi while leaving the mound and then ripping off his jersey as he went into the dugout. $15M a year? Never worth it. Cashman has made more scores then blunders but this one has to be classifed as the latter.
It’s going to be fun this year when the Yankees play the Angels. We’ll get to see Albert the great in action. Honestly thought I was quite happy with him in the NL sparing the Yankees his crushing bat during the regular season. But we’ll have to live with it.
So what about the Cardinals… We’ll this may have been the worse move since the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Pujols is the best player in baseball. He was well on his way to being the best Cardinal to ever (sorry Stan Musial). Had the Cardinals given Albert some love last winter he might still have a bird on his hat. But they let it go. You can’t tell me they couldn’t afford another $3.2M per year. This was a business decision that had a lot to do with the DH rule.
7 years from now the Angels will have a spot for Pujols in the line up as a DH. The Cards would have had that luxury. This is why either both leagues should either have the DH rule or not. It puts the NL teams at a disadvantage for negotiating with sluggers who want long term deals.
Anyway… I’m sure Cardinal fans will still go to games next season and wave dollar bills when/if Albert comes to town.
Oh.. BTW.. The Angels pending $3B TV contract helped them raise some funds to afford Pujols as well. And for the Cardinals… I maintain that this will go down as one of the worse free agent non-signings in baseball history.
Yankees have been awfully quite. News dominated by Reyes and Pujols. Aside from letting it be known that they would listen to offers for AJ Burnett (who would be interested), Yankee hotstove has been pretty dull. They need to solidify the rotation so let’s hope they find some help.
Kudos to Penn State’s Board of Trustees for making the correct decsion last night to remove Joe Paterno from his head coach position as well as Spainer from being president. There was really nothing else they could have done though. Paterno admitting he should have done more and that left the Board no choice but to let him go.
Shame on the students who took to the streets last night, turning over cars and rioting. I suggest they take 10 minutes and read the Grand Jury report. I guess Joe Pa’s messages about character and integraty haven’t quite hit home with these kids. Then again, it was probably more of an excuse to be part of a “happening”. I’ll tell you this. If I saw my kid on CNN or ESPN turning over a car last night this morning he or she would have woke up to the reality of having to pay their own tuiton.
“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today. That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more. My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.”
So basically he’s saying. I’m sorry this happened. I feel bad for the kids and families. I should have done more. BUT… I want to go out on my own terms even though I was wrong. By the way.. he was going to be out the end of season anyway so this is no sacrifice on his part.
Simple facts. Mike McQueary saw a 60 year old man in the shower with a 10 year old boy. He caught him the act and didn’t save the child. He ran away and told his father and Paterno. Paterno hears from McQueary, 60 year old man, shower and 10 year old boy… he should have gone to the police immediately. Instead he stuck his head in the sand… for over a decade.
Why has Paterno not been fired already? Why is McQueary still an employee? If Penn State allows these two men to coach Saturday or ever again it will haunt them for a very long time.
To call the sex abuse scandal at Penn State despicable is really an understatement. This sub human Jerry Sandusky should be thrown into the general population the worse prison in the country. Did Joe Paterno know in 1998? Of course he did. This piece of garbage Sadusky would bring young boys to closed practices. Wasn’t that a tip off to Paterno and other coaches? Why did Sandusky still have access to campus facilities up until a week ago? It’s all a disgusting mess and Paterno is worried today about coaching on Saturday. He’s got to be kidding. Football does not matter at Penn State right now. Paterno had his opportunity to do the right thing years ago and he missed it. Nothing tells us that he will be a stand up guy now either. Fire Paterno’s ass right now. Ban him from the campus and tear down his statue.
Watch this video showing the timeline of events and you will see that there was a definite cover up.