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01
2020

Hitter Spotlight: Cody Gracco

He runs out to his position, takes off his hat, and puts it atop his glove before gently placing them in front of his feet a few steps behind the back cut of the infield. Hand over his heart, he listens to The Star-Spangled Banner play over the stadium speakers for the first time since May 2015. Thi...

03
30
2020

Hand Positions and Hitting: A Grip Study

It’s the bottom of the ninth inning, bases loaded with two outs, tie game. Aroldis Chapman is on the bump and he’s feeling himself. He just blew three straight fastballs by the previous hitter. You’re walking to the plate with the game on the line, and your coach is yelling at you from the top step...

03
29
2020

Coronavirus: Training During Times of Uncertainty

These are unprecedented times we’re living in right now. There’s a possibility there will be no American sports played during April for the first time in over 100 years. The Summer Olympics in Tokyo will take place in 2021, putting the dreams of many Olympic hopefuls on hold. Postponed or canc...

03
26
2020

Hitter Spotlight: Division II Athlete

Considering recent events, we created this series to highlight our athletes’ work who had their seasons cut short. In this edition of the Hitter Spotlight, we’ll look at a Division II athlete who had a torrid start to the 2020 season: There are hot starts, and then there’s this trainee...

03
23
2020

The Hitting Intern Blog | Driveline Week Four

Entering into week four, it’s hard to believe that I have been here for nearly a full month. I feel as though I have finally gotten myself into a groove, where that overwhelming feeling isn’t happening every second of every day. Even though there are times at Driveline where you are “thrown to the w...

03
10
2020

TRAQ Series: NAIA Program, Doane University

Jeremy Tecktiel spoke with Josh Oltmans and Elliott Engle, the Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively, at Doane University. The NAIA program from Crete, Nebraska, started implementing TRAQ in July and has seen great results already.  Prior to using TRAQ, the coaching staff at Doane, much like...

03
09
2020

The MotusThrow Sleeve: Measuring What Matters

Word that Boston Red Sox pitcher, Chris Sale, is using a motusTHROW sleeve this spring training has sparked a few articles. One of these articles mentions a quote from New York Yankees pitcher, Adam Ottavino, one of the more data-driven pitchers in baseball. Ottavino had this to say about his reason...

03
05
2020

The Hitting Intern Blog | Driveline Week Three

Sunday Morning, Rain is Falling Sundays are for rest and “family time”, which consists of me Facetiming with my wife and three boys. Throughout the week I am lucky enough to receive Marco Polos from them, as they like to show me they can hit a baseball or not hit a baseball, ride a bike down a hill,...