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This page is a list of articles found throughout the Baseball~X~Gear site that are centered around tips, advice and baseball rules.
I hope this makes everything easier to find. If there is anything you have a question about and can’t find an answer here, please leave a comment at the bottom and I will answer your question A.S.A.P.
Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy
Baseball Tips Advice & Rules
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Simple baseball rules is a list and explanation of all the basic rules of baseball. This article will give you a great understanding of the game.
If you are struggling to understand what’s going on during the game, this post is going to do wonders for your baseball IQ. 🙂
The Infield Fly Rule Explained is an in depth explanation of one of baseball’s most confusing and controversial rules.
Inside this post, we will go through some scenarios and discover what conditions need to occur for this rule to go into effect. If you’ve ever been confused about this rule, this article has you covered.
Although baseball and softball have many characteristics in common, there are a lot differences that many people don’t know about. In this article, What Is The Difference Between Baseball And Softball, we will break down each game and go over the major differences.
What Is The Best Baseball Glove will go over our top 5 baseball gloves and give a description of each one, and tell you why they ended up on our top 5 list.
How To Buy A Baseball Glove For Kids is an article that gives you some great tips & advice on purchasing baseball gloves for kids. This can be a difficult decision and we hope to make the process much less stressful.
In this article, What Are The Best Batting Gloves, we go over some of the batting gloves that we have used over the years and show you how & why they found their way to our top recommended batting gloves list.
What Is The Best Way To Break In A Baseball Glove? In this article, we go over our cheap and easy method of breaking in new gloves that we’ve been using for over 30 years. This is an awesome experience to share with your kids!
What Is The Best Baseball Bat is a list of some of the bats we have used over the years that have provided us with the best quality for the money spent. Be sure to click the links for availability as new models are being introduced all the time. You can often find great close out deals on the older models.
We love baseball cards! In the article How To Buy Baseball Cards, we go over some of our favorite places to buy them and tips on what to watch out for.
Overstocked? Out of room? Although we rarely, if ever, sell cards, in How To Sell Baseball Cards we go over some of the best places to sell them and what your expectations should be.
Looking for some ideas to stay baseball ready during the winter?
Indoor Baseball Activities will show you some of the ways we get ready for Spring and stay in shape when it’s too cold outside to practice.
My Opinion On Used VS New Baseball Equipment is an article on the pros and cons of buying used equipment.
Is It A Curveball Or Breaking Ball is my attempt to explain what a curveball actually is.
In the article Cold Weather Baseball Gear, we offer up some great advice on staying warm during the colder months of the season and give our recommendations on some of our favorite gear.
Top 5 Pitches In Baseball is an article based on our opinion of the best pitches in the game and why we think so. We would really love to hear your opinion on this one.
Have you ever wondered? What Is A Baseball Made Of, is a cool article about everything you would find if you cut a baseball in half (which we did!), and we also go over the materials used in the manufacturing process.
Why Baseball Is America’s Pastime is the very first article that my amazing daughter wrote all by herself. This is one of the first posts on this website and my personal favorite. Great job baby!
In Why Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water, we give our opinion on this controversial subject that will almost certainly go on forever.
In the article Pitching Machine Vs Live Pitching, we show you some of the benefits that we have noted by incorporating the use of a pitching machine during our practice sessions.
With Steroids and Sports – A Kid’s Perspective, I wanted to find out how kids felt about the PED epidemic in sports, and in particular baseball.
In Spring Training – Why Do We Love It?, my daughter shares some of the reasons we look forward to this time of year with so much anticipation.
How many MLB teams are there? This is a fairly common question that we get. This article will give you a complete list of all the teams and the divisions they play in + a whole bunch of other neat facts.
In Is baseball boring, we give you all kinds of reasons why we think baseball is the most action packed game on the planet! Boring?… I think not!
The game of baseball is filled with stats. In Baseball stats and abbreviations, we go over some of the most common stats with detailed information on their meanings.
As I’m sure you all know, there are tons of radar guns on the market to choose from. In What is the best radar gun, we narrow it down to the 2 best guns that we recommend in their respective price ranges.
On this date in baseball history is an ongoing project where we share some major happenings around the league that occurred on specific dates.
Throughout the years, we have had the privilege of using many different pitching machines. In What is the best pitching machine for the money, we wanted to show you which one gives you the most bang for the buck…Without breaking the bank.
If you have grown up around the game of baseball, you know what kind of real life benefits the game has to offer. However, a lot of people still have doubts. In Is baseball good for kids, we wanted to share some of the big reasons why we think anyone can benefit by being involved with baseball.
In What is a double play in baseball, we give you a definition and run through several of the most common double plays that can occur during a game step by step.
In What not to do as a youth baseball coach, we go over some of the do’s & dont’s for coaching young kids, with just a little ranting from me 🙂
In What is a triple play in baseball, we lay out the conditions that must be present and run through some scenarios that result in one of baseball’s most difficult defensive plays.
Next to the infield fly rule, tagging up can be one of the most confusing rules of the game. In What is tagging up in baseball, we clear up the confusion and present some scenarios for “tagging up.”
What’s more rare than a perfect game in baseball? You guessed it. In What is an unassisted triple play, we take a look at one of the rarest occurrences you will ever see during the course of a baseball game.
After seeing this question quite a bit lately, we decided to answer it. In What is baseball, we take a look at what we think is the greatest game on Earth!
Here’s a question I get asked a lot by parents who are thinking about getting their kid’s involved in our beloved sport. In Is baseball easy, we take a look at why we think everyone should get involved and all of the benefits the game can give you.
In What is a DH in baseball, we take a look at the designated hitter rule and offer our opinion on why we think it’s time for the National League to finally adopt the rule.
In What is an inside the park home run, we have a look at one of the most exiting offensive plays in the game of baseball and run through some fun scenarios.
A force out is the most common way a defense can record an out.
In What is a force out in baseball, we run through a few common scenarios that result in a force out and a few not so common fun ways the defense can get a force out.
While many of you may know what a bunt is, I hear this question pretty frequently.
In What is a sacrifice bunt, we give you an in depth definition and layout all the conditions that must be met for a bunt to be scored a sacrifice. We also run through some scenarios and talk about when and why a batter would attempt the sac bunt.
There are quite a few ways that a pitcher can achieve a strikeout.
In What is a strikeout, we explain exactly what a strikeout is and run through some scenarios where a pitcher is “credited” with a strikeout and a batter is “charged” with a strikeout.
We also cover the reasons why you should and shouldn’t attempt a bunt when you already have 2 strikes against you.
Can a foul ball be considered a 3rd strike? Check it out and see. 🙂
We have already covered the force out, but here are many other ways that the defense can record an out.
In What is an out in baseball, we go over what an out is and explain the role it plays in the game.
We also run through a few scenarios where an out is recorded during a game.
Want an in depth explanation of a foul ball?
In What is a foul ball, we have tried to cover every instance in which a hit ball will be considered a foul ball.
In our continuing effort to help make the rules of the game easier to understand, we will run through a few scenarios that help clarify each rule we write about.
The foul ball rule can be a little confusing at times and we hope the scenarios in this post make the rule easy to understand. 🙂
If you’ve been looking for some great gift ideas, then Gift ideas for the baseball fan has you covered.
Here you will find some gifts ideas for products we have bought for our own kids (And Us!) and given as gifts that have gone over very well.
Many of the products on that post will also have links to some full product reviews that we have written over the years.
If you don’t find anything you like there, just drop us a reply below and we will help you find the perfect gift idea for anyone. 🙂
Baseball Terminology, Phrases & Sayings is an ongoing, open source project that I would really like you to participate in.
In this article, we will define some common, and not so common baseball lingo.
Stop on by and tell us what you think. And don’t forget to share your input. 🙂
In What Is The Best Pitching Machine For Kids, we take an in depth look at our favorite kid friendly pitching machine.
We lay out all of the reasons why we chose the Jugs Small – Ball Pitching Machine as our top pick.
We love this machine and we think you will too!
In the article What Is A Perfect Game In Baseball, we explore the greatest feat that a team can accomplish.
While an unassisted triple play may be more rare statistically, I think a perfect game is even harder to accomplish as it involves every person on the field.
Take a few minutes and find out everything that needs to occur for a team to accomplish a perfect game.
In baseball (And softball too!), there may come a point in a game where a manager doesn’t want the opposing team to get a chance to hit.
There are many reasons a manager may decide to walk a batter on purpose.
In What Is An Intentional Walk, we will discuss exactly what it is, why you would do it, talk about the recent rule change and run through some scenarios.
We also talk a little about the “unintentional” intentional walk.
In What Is A Grand Slam In Baseball, we will take an in depth look at the single greatest individual accomplishment a batter can achieve during a baseball game.
We also look into the inside the park grand slam home run and discuss whether or not a defensive error effects the scoring on the play.
In A Single In Baseball Explained, we explore the most basic hit a batter can get during a baseball game.
We also run through a few scenarios to help better explain what a single actually is.
Don’t let a single fool you…They can do a lot of damage! 🙂
We also show how a defensive error can affect the scoring of a single.
Continuing our baseball 101 series, A Double In Baseball Explained takes an in depth look into a hit known as a double.
We also run through a few plays that result in a batter being credited with a double.
We also show you how an error on the hit can negate the scoring of a double.
In What Is A Triple In Baseball, we take a look at one of the most exciting offensive plays in the game of baseball…The triple!
We will go through a few plays that result in a triple and explain how a defensive error can affect the scoring on the play.
A triple can do a ton of damage!
In A Walk Off In Baseball, we explain what I think is the most exciting offensive play in all of sports…A walk off!
We also run through a couple of plays where a walk off happens during a baseball game to help explain things a little better.
The walk off awaits! 🙂
As many of you know, the Pocket Radar Ball Coach is our #1 recommended radar gun.
One of the most frequent questions we receive about the Ball Coach is whether or not it is really accurate.
In Is The Pocket Radar Ball Coach Accurate, we put the Ball Coach up against some of the biggest names in radar guns.
Join us as we do a side by side comparison with the Pocket Radar Ball Coach, Stalker Sport 2, Stalker Pro 2 & the Jugs Gun.
Wanna see how the Pocket Radar Ball Coach stands up against a $1,000 radar gun?
Go check it out! 🙂
When you’re looking for that first glove for your kid or any beginner, you want a good quality glove without paying an arm and a leg for it.
In The Best Baseball Glove For Kids And Beginners, we take a look at what we feel is the absolute best beginners baseball glove.
This is a glove that all of my kids used when they were first starting out.
On a money for quality glove, this one has impressed us for years!
There seems to be a lot of confusion about when this rule comes into play during a baseball or softball game.
In What Is A Dropped Third Strike In Baseball, we go over every aspect of the dropped third strike rule and go through a few scenarios to make make sure the rule is thoroughly understood.
After reading this article, you will have no more doubts of whether or not to yell GO when the catcher drops the third strike! 🙂
It’s no secret that I am an advocate of incorporating the use of a radar gun during baseball practice.
There are many benefits that come with the data a radar gun can provide.
In How A Radar Gun Can Improve Pitching And Hitting, I go over some of the reasons why and how I use a radar gun as a tool to help players reach their full potential.
When we are talking baseball & softball, there is nothing illegal going on when someone steals a base.:)
In What Is A Stolen Base we take an in depth look at when you can and why you should be stealing bases.
We also run through a few scenarios to help you get a better understanding of the stolen base.
See you there!
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Thanks for stopping by ~Jeremy