Sunday, December 13, 2020

Baseball Happenings Podcast | DJ Skeme Richards On Adding Breakdancing To The 2024 Olympics


With the announcement that breakdancing will be an official event in the 2024 Olympics, we sat down with world renown Rocksteady Crew DJ, Skeme Richards to discuss how the news will affect the tightly knit community

As one of the foremost experts on the musical backbone of breakdancing culture, Richards is in high demand to spin at breaking events and competition across the globe. He offers his insight on what the greater public can expect during the Olympics, and why he hopes the IOC will consult with those deep rooted in the artform to preserve its culture while on full display for the masses. 

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Baseball Coach Skills: Characteristic of a Great Baseball Coach

This is a guest post by Bill Brown

A powerful baseball coach should have in-depth information about baseball. A baseball coach must possess specific characteristics that can help make a winning soccer team. The focus of the coach should also be on physical and technical specifications. Coaching at every level includes much more than creating the lineup, hitting fungos, or coaching third base. Let’s look at a few characteristics and skills that a successful coach should possess. 

1- Experienced and Knowledgeable 

A baseball coach acts as an instructor and possesses expert knowledge of the sport. The coach should help players improve their skills to maximize the team's ability to win. Extensive knowledge of the game is imperative for a baseball coach. The coach should be able to explain basic rules to rookies, while also being able to provide information that is more complex to advanced players. The baseball coach should teach players to stay low and make quick transitions from the glove to the throwing hand instead of teaching them to stay in front of ground balls. A successful baseball coach possesses intelligence and an understanding of the adjustments needed to win games, and they watch the action closely and consider all angles. The coach observes the opposing batters hit the ball and makes changes in the defense accordingly. 

2- Leadership

A baseball coach should have leadership qualities. The coach should motivate players to stay positive, fair, patient, sincere, concerned, and honest to succeed. The baseball coach should also communicate effectively and display credibility, competence, respect, and authority. Clear communication is a good leadership quality. It means defining goals, giving direct feedback, reinforcing the key messages, and acknowledging success. Apart from being a good communicator, leadership quality also includes having a compassionate ear, welcoming the athletes’ comments, questions, and input. The effective baseball coach actively seeks out information from players and creates a positive environment by encouraging players to present their ideas and thoughts to the coach. 

3- Organizer and Time Management Expert 

A great baseball coach gives players a pre-game, post-game, and off-season schedule to ensure that players give their best on the field. The effective coach clearly states a code of conduct for players, and if violations occur, discipline should follow. A baseball coach should set a mild, prompt, and consistent discipline to effectively change behavior. A good coach wants to make sure that they stay on top of diverse talent and never let the player get complacent between the lines. The coach has to manage the time of all of its players if a team has the goal to maintain its winning ways. 

4- Strategical and Mechanical Genius 

A great coach identifies a player’s specialty and mechanics as a hitter, infielder, pitcher, catcher, or outfielder. Every position has its unique mechanical criteria. A hitter has a different approach to every pitch in the count. An infielder has a spot to cover and a stance to emulate based on outs, pitch count, and situation. An outfielder should have a perfect catch and throw mechanics to be able to make those plays to a base or the cut-off. Baseball is a game of repetition in which a coach needs to see a flaw in skill sets and mechanics of a player and fix it. For example, a great coach looks for whether or not a pitcher is staying tall, balanced, gliding outward, and directly toward the catcher. It helps advance the player into the type of contributor he or she expects to become. 

5- Staff Motivator 

To become an efficient baseball coach, the mentor should produce activities inside the baseball workout to help motivate players to accomplish better in each game. The coach has to remind players why they wished to learn baseball and develop a winning staff. The coach who displays a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the sport and the players can generate the desire in a player to excel in the team. While motivating a player, a good coach stresses trying to reach performance goals, not outcome goals. 

6- Talent Scout and Evaluation 

Evaluation of players, in the beginning, is crucial to advance through minor leagues to Major League Baseball. Baseball success requires teamwork. Therefore, a baseball coach should evaluate players and build a team by spotting skilled players during high school tryouts, college recruiting visits, and pro scouting trips. While one basketball player might take 30 to 40% of the team's shots, baseball teams count on all nine batters in a lineup. Therefore, a successful coach looks for ways to build a team of players with good hand-eye coordination, strong arms, fast hands and feet, and outstanding core strength. Strong-armed players are usually good pitchers, and tall and strong players serve as the team’s power hitter. Final Thoughts The key to becoming a great baseball coach is to have years of knowledge and experience as a player that results in earning your team's respect. Besides, it is crucial as a baseball coach to build and maintain positive relationships with your players. A successful coach runs the team firmly and exhibits good character and even-handed, even-tempered treatment of each player.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

2020 Onyx Vintage Baseball Extended Edition | Box Break and Review

Onyx Authenticated brings their third series to their 2020 Onyx Vintage Baseball release this year with its 2020 Onyx Vintage Baseball Extended Edition set. Each four card box guarantees two on-card autographs and two base cards. 

This release has an intriguing focus on the unsigned international prospects from the Class of 2020, '21, and '22, providing collectors with their first certified autographs on the market. In addition to the international players, MLB stars Pete Alonso and Luis Robert headline the autograph checklist alongside a who's who of 2020's Top 100 prospects. 

Click here to read the entire review for our Forbes Sports Money column, as well as to watch the box break video posted below. If you haven't already done so, we would appreciate you clicking here to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more box breaks and interviews. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Baseball Happenings Podcast | Gary Vaynerchuk - An Intimate Talk On Sports Cards and MLB's Future

Gary Vaynerchuk joins Nick Diunte (@Examinebaseball) for the Baseball Happenings Podcast to discuss the growing sports card industry, what he would do if he were in charge of Topps, his new VaynerBaseball sports agency, and why he thinks MLB has stunted its own long-term growth

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Baseball Happenings Podcast | Lauren Taylor Interview

Lauren Taylor, MLB / MLBPA / Baseball Hall of Fame artist joins the Baseball Happenings Podcast to discuss her emerging art career while recovering from a traumatic brain injury and the ensuing depression. Check out her designs at -

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