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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, #44 - Fall Classic
October 11, 2007

Train for next season while watching the Fall Classic

The Fall Classic is a perfect time to think about how you too can get good at baseball (or softball) and play for your championships in the future. I'm going to tell you about a 1) great hitting device, 2) the times and places to watch the fall classic and the league championship series and what to do while you're watching, 3) a great baseball movie alert and a fun little video clip for you, and 4) big secret news for you, my readers.

I just found a great hitting tool

The fall is a great time to work on your hitting. But for many of you it isn't so easy, so I want to suggest to you finding hitting devices that can be done indoors.

I don't often get impressed by new gadgets for baseball (this one also works for fast or slo-pitch softball) as it seems most have been invented, but this one I was so impressed with I ordered one right away.

It even has a built in recommendation, as the 2006 American League Batting Champ, Joe Mauer, used this device since he was a kid as his father was the one who invented it and had him and his two brothers, who were also drafted by major league teams, use it almost every day indoors or out (depending on the weather).

It forces you to concentrate on the ball and makes you hit it quick as it uses gravity to create the moving pitch to hit. It can use baseballs or softballs and even plastic balls, including the golf ball sized balls.

I can't tell you or show you fully here so go to my website that describes the Mauer's Quick Swing

World Series and Playoff Schedules

Series begins Thursday
Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 COL @ ARI Thu Oct. 11 8:30 pm TBS
Gm 2 COL @ ARI Fri Oct. 12 10 pm TBS
Gm 3 ARI @ COL Sun Oct. 14 8:30 pm TBS
Gm 4 ARI @ COL Mon Oct. 15 10 pm TBS
Gm 5* ARI @ COL Wed Oct. 17 8:30 pm TBS
Gm 6* COL @ ARI Fri Oct. 19 8:30 pm TBS
Gm 7* COL @ ARI Sat Oct. 20 TBD TBS
* - if necessary

Series begins Friday
Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 CLE @ BOS Fri Oct. 12 7 pm FOX
Gm 2 CLE @ BOS Sat Oct. 13 8 pm FOX
Gm 3 BOS @ CLE Mon Oct. 15 7 pm FOX
Gm 4 BOS @ CLE Tue Oct. 16 8 pm FOX
Gm 5* BOS @ CLE Thu Oct. 18 8 pm FOX
Gm 6* CLE @ BOS Sat Oct. 20 TBD FOX
Gm 7* CLE @ BOS Sun Oct. 21 TBD FOX
* - if necessary

World Series Date Network
WS Game 1 (AL host) Wed Oct. 24 FOX
WS Game 2 (AL host) Thu Oct. 25 FOX
WS Game 3 (NL host) Sat Oct. 27 FOX
WS Game 4 (NL host) Sun Oct. 28 FOX
WS Game 5 (NL host) Mon Oct. 29 FOX
WS Game 6 (AL host) Wed Oct. 31 FOX
WS Game 7 (AL host) Thu Nov. 1 FOX
* - if necessary
all times tentative

What to do while watching the Fall Classic and playoffs

Watch the games to see how the best of the very best play the game.

But don't just end there, use the time to squeeze a stress ball or do your exercises, or even take your hacks into a net off the Quick Swing you just got :) (or hit off a tee). All of this can be done while watching the game.

Visualize yourself hitting off the best pitchers in the world in the highest level of play, timing their fastball, connecting with their splitter or curve, and waiting and crushing their change.

Movie and video alerts

Speaking of watching baseball, I don't know if you've heard yet, but you'll want to look for this movie, it looks like it's going to be a terrific baseball movie and it comes out tomorrow. It's about a town with a population of 586 that wins 19 baseball championships in 25 years and what they do in their final year of existence due to budget cuts that make them close their small high school.

Sort of a "The Rookie" type story and movie in that it's true and has a lot of great baseball elements and what the kids do to have a great last season in 1991.

You can learn more about it from their movie site,

On a lesser baseball video note, this next recommendation is only for people who like silly things. If you like David Letterman's segment "Will it Float?", you'll probably enjoy this guy's YouTube answer to the question "Will it blend?" where he puts a baseball in a blender to see if the ball is really "juiced".

Upcoming Secret News

No one but you gets to know about this. Not MLB, not Louisville Slugger, Easton, Worth, Nike, not any other mailing list, no one but the readers of this newsletter.

How's that for being on a valuable list! Tell your friends to sign up to be on this list by signing up at the website.

You will be the first to know of a new hitting product being invented as we speak. You will see these at just about every game being used in warm ups and most coaches and serious players will want one.

I expect to see the production prototype tomorrow, I've already played with the early prototype that was sent down for patent review with some of my students and it works great.

How did I get to be in on the inside of such a device?

Actually it came about from one of my student's fathers and what I challenged them to do was their inspiration for the device. (Don't I feel special?)

I have permission from the inventor to let you be the first people in the country and around the world (as some of you are in many other countries than just the US) to see this and get one for your very own.

I'll let you know when it's ready, but it shouldn't be too far away.

It won't interfere with the QuickSwing as a competing product. They only overlap in that you can get many swings in, in a relatively small space. But the QuickSwing has 3 levels (or speeds) where this uses more of the standard toss speed but is very portable, which is why you'll see these at every game as a warm up device.

I've probably told you too much already. You'll just have to wait until you see the special newsletter announcing its arrival! Again, remind your friends, fellow coaches, and teammates to sign up to be on this list at my website.

Again, if you have any questions or comments you can write to me via e-mail.

To see other hitting tips in past newsletters, go to the past issues of my hitting newsletter page.

Welcome to you who are new to my hitting e-zine.

Thanks for reading and talk to you next time.

Coach Andy

6801 Dove St. Ventura, CA 93003


Coach Andy Collins has been helping players achieve their goals in softball and baseball for over 30 years. He's an advisor to national teams and can help you be a better hitter. He offers free information on his website and through free e-mail hitting lessons and has just introduced a new hitting video discussing and demonstrating how to hit great with either the rotational or linear hitting methods.

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