Did your favorite team make it to the MLB World Series? Will you play in the MLB World Series someday?
It seems like when the World Series is played, the television quality gets crisper. The audio seems louder and the atmosphere is more electric than the regular season.
Welcome to the 2015 Major League Baseball World Series.
Even though you’ll be looking at the annual classic as an amateur hitter, you should know what to look for in order to become a Major Leaguer yourself one day. Here are three things that I guarantee you’ll see during the 2015 MLB World Series.
No. 1 – Strikeouts
Isn’t it amazing how Major League Baseball players are the elite of baseball, yet they are celebrated while being the biggest failures in professional sports? A Major League Baseball player can strikeout seven times in a row, and then get a hit three consecutive times and be multi-millionaires – especially when all of the lights and cameras are shining so brightly.
Michael Jordan wouldn’t have his own shoe line if he only made three out of 10 shots. And Peyton Manning wouldn’t be doing commercials and Saturday Night Live hosting gigs if he only completed 3 out of 10 passes.
In this World Series, you’re going to see several hitters strikeout for three reasons:
- The average MLB fastball crosses home plate in half a second. That’s faster than you can blink your eye.
- The ball is round and so is the bat.
- The pitchers can repeatedly make the ball cut, sink, curve and do all kinds of weird things.
After a MLB hitter strikeout, he’s going to make an adjustment, rather than cop an attitude and force himself to get a hit on his next at bat. Making an adjustment simply means to do something different, which will lead to getting hits. If he doesn’t adjust, he’ll be watching the rest of the series from the dugout. If getting loaded too late caused him to strikeout, he may hit without a load or get loaded earlier, in order to be on time.
No. 2 – Productive at bats
The World Series features some of the best hitters on earth. And they aren’t here just because hard work paid off and they were in the right place at the right time. They are in the Majors and playing in the World Series because they frequently have had productive at bats, among their many other skills.
What is a productive at bat?
1. Face six pitches in the at bat, regardless of the outcome.
2. Hit the ball hard, regardless of the outcome.
3. Draw a walk.
4. Execute a offensive strategy (run and hit, advance a runner, etc.)
The top MLB hitters will have a productive at bat 50 percent of the time, resulting in a hit 30 percent of the time.
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No. 3 – Clutch hits
Pressure is the self imposed feeling of stressful urgency. Grit is the strength of character, which is developed by repeatedly overcoming self imposed pressure. There will be situations in the World Series that fans may consider pressure moments. The hitter may feel the same way. Their grit will cause them to dig in deep and get that clutch hit.
One clutch hit feeds momentum, and then others will follow.
Remember: Intelligence trumps being smart.
C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, CJ has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.