Batting Smokers in Cages
By Ken Lewis
July 16, 2007
I will agree that a hitting cage will develop better hitters!
But I know a baseball training facility will make better baseball
players! If the best infielders the state of Alaska ever developed
took thousands of ground balls in a hitting cage? A hitting cage
would be the solution to developing the backbone of a team. It
is my opinion that the 3 parts to baseball are defense, pitching,
offense and in that order of priority. And hitting is only part
The recent run of success from the 3rd largest town in SE AK
known as Sitka is due to a support group that built a structure
for indoor work outs. Those adults who provided this opportunity
stood back and watched development do its thing. 4 State championships
for their high school fast pitch and hardball programs. A WSU
baseball college scholarship (Matt Way), and a pro draft pick
by the San Francisco Giants (EB Crow).
Ketchikan will never know what
our own can achieve until a place to develop the sharpness necessary
to achieve it, is provided. Tony Gwyn refers to a Governor not
providing welfare of sorts as the hindrance to meeting Sitka's
challenge to us, the larger population opponent. If this was
a poker game, and Sitka raised the pot, and we believed in our
hand - I do not call or fold, I raise baby.
The old tennis courts are the answer! And with good ole fashion
fund raising effort a 100 by 100 steel building could be erected,
where repetitive defensive movements could be mastered downstairs,
and a hitting loft above. The "build it and they will come"
mantra, should be "we build it, and the ignition sequence
will begin". Quality baseball comes from within! It is not
a handout from a nice woman from Wasilla.
Received July 16, 2007 - Published
July 16, 2007
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