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May/June 2014 • Volume 19 Number 3
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So how's the season going so far? Up here in the Northeast (or at least
in Southwest Connecticut where we are), it's been slow going so far,
with winter hanging around waaaaaay too long for our tastes. Most
teams are just hitting the ﬁeld for the ﬁrst time in mid-April. Here’s hoping
for some warm Spring weather soon!
In the meantime, we've got a great issue to help warm your bats and your
arms. Appropriately, the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins leads us off with his advice
on how to -- well, how to lead off! You'll want to catch all of our major
league pieces this issue -- as in addition to Rollins, we have advice from the
Rays' Evan Longoria on turning two from third base, and how to prepare
your arm from the Mets' Zack Wheeler.
Speaking of pitching, be sure to ﬂip over to page 16 where you’ll discover
the importance of learning a changeup. We see time and time again how
kids get excited about the prospects of throwing a breaking ball. But the
changeup is the critical pitch as far as we're concerned. This is a must read
for any young arm out there.
And for you hitters out there, don't worry, we've got you covered. Turn
to page 8 for a midseason checklist on ways you can ﬁne-tune your hitting
efforts now that the season’s underway. How many of these ﬂags apply to
your season so far?
Can't believe it's May already -- but this can mean only one thing --
summer will be here before you know it! To get you thinking about baseball
in July and August, we have two of our annual installments: check out our
Summer Top Tournaments Guide starting on page 29 for some of the big
events that will take place after school ends. And right after this, you’ll ﬁnd
our regular installment of Summer Baseball Vacations, planting some ideas
for your family to consider that mixes some quality togetherness time with
the great sport of baseball!
Thanks to all of you who are supporting the new website and digital
products that are in full swing. Our last issue of Youth Baseball Star (a free
e-magazine that can be found at www.youthbaseballstar.com) has drawn
rave reviews with features like the "Top Questions Parents Should Ask of
Their Travel Ball Program."
And be sure to follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/
juniorbaseball) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/juniorbaseball).
See you in July... JB
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