Information is facts learned about something, while knowledge is the information you acquire based on your own experiences. A coach can tell you what it takes to hit a curve ball in a game situation, but until you actually do it, you’re basing your development on information.
Fall ball (August-October) is one of my favorite parts of the development process for hitters. This is where we try new things to determine what works and what doesn’t.
November-January is the development phase where we commit to building habits based on what works.
Fall is the perfect time to increase your hitting knowledge. It is the time to be overmatched by pitchers who can repeat their delivery more than you can repeat a good approach to the ball with your bat.
Coaches often say they have a development process for their hitters, but if it doesn’t allow you to gain knowledge by failing, they will fail you.
“Stay back on the change-up.” This is the type of information they give you. Allowing you to learn from your failures—not staying back on a change-up—in game situations this fall is how you will gain the knowledge you need.
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Remember: Intelligence tops 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 associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 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 a track record of success that can work for you.