Baseball has always been the one sport played by young boys from every walk of life in all parts of the United States. So it should come as no surprise that it is the dream of many young men to play this sport professionally … in the Major League.
But, many of these “hopefuls” believe they can skip the necessary blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice needed to “reach the top.” And that is not how to become a professional baseball player.
If you possess excellent hand-eye coordination, are confident in your natural abilities, realistic about any shortcomings you may have and are willing to work hard you can turn your dream into reality.
Follow These Simple Steps To Improve
- Your Chances To Play Baseball Professionally
There is no magic formula that you can use to propel yourself into a career in major league baseball. However, hard work, dedication, athletic ability and focus can help you to “realize your dream.”
Here is what you have to do…
Put in all the time needed to reach your goal… there is no simple route to a productive and satisfying career in major league baseball. You need to work hard, every day, by doing thousands and thousands of “reps” so that you eventually hone your skills to the point where you can become a Major League baseball player.
There is a common belief that the average hitter can’t clearly and effectively follow the last few seconds of the trajectory of a pitch coming toward home plate. That means that “hitting a baseball” squarely requires some good guess work as well as quick hands and reflexes.
That’s why “reps” are critically important. They can help you learn how to track a pitch so that you routinely swing where the ball crosses the plate. That kind of foresight comes to the player who practices hard every day, starting at a very young age.
Here is something else you can do…
- Work Hard On Improving Your Specific Skills
According to eHow.com, superstars are those players who possess five skills: hitting for average, hitting for power, foot speed (the ability to steal bases), arm strength and the ability to throw a ball hard and fast and the ability to track and catch the ball (defensive ability).
You may possess only one or two of these five skills. If so, you will discover, after a few thousand reps, exactly what you do well. Work hard at improving those skills. It may even prove useful to hire a coach who can help accelerate your development.
Now, add this next step to your “professional growth” agenda…
- Build Yourself Up Into A “Pro-Grade” Athlete
At its core, baseball is made up of brief “explosive moments” followed by periods of rest and recovery. Said another way, each swing by a batter is an explosive moment that lasts for roughly a split second, never longer than that.
What that really means is that, unlike what happens in other sports like basketball or hockey batters in baseball never get winded because they have swung the bat too much.
So, stressful aerobic exercises like swimming or cycling are irrelevant and unnecessary for a baseball player while explosive aerobic routines that build stamina and weight training to build strength are critically important.
Short sprint exercises and the tossing of medicine balls are also helpful for the aspiring professional baseball player.
Here is one last thing you need to do…
- Play Baseball In Front Of Professional Scouts
This is easier to do than you might think. In fact, the very best way to perform before a major league baseball scout is to play for a travel, school or scout team in high school or college. Pro scouts attend these games frequently looking for “new talent” to sign.
Perform at a high level and you could easily get drafted by a major league baseball team. Of course, most teams hold “open tryouts” from time to time. You can show up and, if all goes well, you could end up signing a contract.
There are two other ways to “get noticed.” You can get a recommendation by a former player that results in a “private workout” or you can join one of the dozens of professional independent leagues operating throughout the United States. Players in these leagues often “get noticed” and then “get signed.”
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