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    First time baseball coach

    Yeah - that's good re the HBP. We used tennis balls - but anything they can get plunked with a bunch of times w/o getting hurt until they just instinctively turn the right way will work.
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    First time baseball coach

    Yeah - this. One year I had three kids named Jackson...the one who played hockey I called Skates....the one who's family were (otherwise very nice people but) Yankee fans was Reggie...I didn't know the third kid before this season and he picked his own nickname...."Ultramosh" - I still have no...
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    First time baseball coach

    Yeah, I did something like this...I had a set order - but whoever was on-deck when the game ended hit leadoff the next game - and then I just moved the rest of the lineup accordingly.
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    First time baseball coach

    Your 5 bullet points indicate you already have a pretty firm grasp on how to go about this. I coached my kid's teams from t-ball all the way through his first year of Babe Ruth ball...the U10 age group was my favorite by far - have fun. I'll just reinforce the "kids play everywhere" thing...
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    Let's Talk About MLBTV

    Worked for me last season.
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    Sox sign Garrett Richards to a 1 year, $10 million deal

    He was healthy last season. Yeah, it was a short year, but he pitched the whole season and was pretty good.
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    Mets trade for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco

    Damn...Cookie's one of my favorite players, do I have to like the Mets now? Seems like a decent haul for the Tribe - but I'm more bullish on Rosario than FF* is. Too bad for Cleveland that Lindor had a down 60 games instead of a 60 game hot streak in the covid year.
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    Might as well start talking about 2021

    This seems like a good take. I've followed this guy a bit - posts elite exit velo numbers when he actually makes contact, and can fly. The lack of contact is the issue.
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    Nothing official yet - but rumor is Vermont HS hoops will happen, but will be spectator free.
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    Mlb has proposed “the Baseball Cup” a single elimination tournament between all MLB and MILB teams.

    This definitely sounds fun to me. And I think if you factor in MLB rehab assignments, the chances of an A-ball upset of an MLB team become a bit less far-fetched. And this could be the first step toward some sort of relegation system for baseball, which would be awesome, imo.
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    July/August game thread

    Is there something about everyone working remotely that makes showing replays extra tricky?
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    My son is playing in a U15 league that has rules similar to what Saints Rest describes - except the (masked) umps are calling balls/strikes from behind the plate. And they make the 1B wear a mask when holding a runner on. Each team has their own game balls - pitcher and catcher can use dugout...
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    Covid and MLB

    I can't believe the players union signed off on masks being optional for the plate ump.
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    My son's U15 baseball team is going to start practice on Monday. They've scheduled ~20 in state (VT) games against other club teams even if all of the O-O-S tourney's get cancelled. The boy is beyond excited that he's actually going to get to play this year. I am guessing there is going to...
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    2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

    I am curious as to what's going to happen to summer baseball in NE. None of the four tournaments (2 in MA, 1 in CT and one in NY) my son's team is scheduled to play in this summer have been cancelled yet - but I'm not optimistic. Given that these all require hotel stays, I'm assuming they'll...