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Da_Czar checks in with yet another video clip. In this Czarisode, he brings us some batting tips for MLB 09 The Show.

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# 1 scooteristkai @ 04/06/09 06:15 AM
Nice video Czar and great tips!

Im still in the process of getting the hang of it... but yesterday I had a HR on which the opposing pitcher threw me a hanging Curveball right in the Happy Zone!! It was sooo rewarding to see that one go 400+!!
 
# 2 The Bimmer @ 04/06/09 07:22 AM
Wow, nice tips there. I have tried watching the first 10 pitches during BP, but not the full 20. After watching that video i get the feeling those same sort of tips will be used around all the Major league batting cages TODAY by the hitting coaches. Great stuff Czar.
 
# 3 bj2008 @ 04/06/09 07:47 AM
Czar,

GREAT STUFF!!!!!!! I look forward to your next video my brother.
The tips are very helpful, so keep them coming.

BJ
 
# 4 Jgainsey @ 04/06/09 08:53 AM
Wow, that was a great video Czar. I'm getting a little too good at hitting at All Star difficulty and I think I'm going to make the jump to HOF or Legend. Some of those drills will definitely help me become a better hitter in this game. I've already done some of them in BP with out even really thinking about it.

From now on this video should be a requirement before anyone makes a new thread talking about how this hitting in this game is too hard or frustrating.
 
# 5 chuckm1961 @ 04/06/09 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by getinthevan87
From now on this video should be a requirement before anyone makes a new thread talking about how this hitting in this game is too hard or frustrating.
Yes!

Hoping for a Classic Pitching vid in the future!

Great work!
 
# 6 bronco92 @ 04/06/09 09:41 AM
Helped me a lot man, thanks.
 
# 7 DubTrey1 @ 04/06/09 10:43 AM
Again.... excellent work Czar. As always.
 
# 8 Da_Czar @ 04/06/09 09:36 PM
Glad yall got something out of it. Classic pitching sounds interesting I will see if there is enough there for show on it. Those darn change ups in the dirt are still my cryptonite as well.

The thing about this game that I love is that i never have it "figured out" I can bat well for 10 games and then forget what got me there and find myself in a slump and have to use batting practice to work myself out again.

I have learned to layoff the high fastballs though
 
# 9 Russell_SCEA @ 04/07/09 12:45 AM
Sick Video
 
# 10 Bahnzo @ 04/07/09 01:04 AM
Good as always Czar. I think the Batting practice mode is under used by a lot of us. While I don't use the PCI, I really like the idea of using it in practice to help train you to look for certain spots.

Gonna go work on hitting the breaking stuff...man I'm awful at that right now. Any tips from the peanut gallery on how they recognize off-speed vs fastball?
 
# 11 bcruise @ 04/07/09 02:18 AM


"THIS is the instructional video, that gets results!"

Awesome job Czar!
 
# 12 Effington @ 04/07/09 02:41 AM
Great video for sure, a lot of good tips as to how to practice.

One thing I thought was unusual, do you all move the PCI before the pitch to where you think it will be, then swing if it's there? I am always reacting to the pitch and moving the left stick after its release to get the hit.
 
# 13 Revolution42 @ 04/07/09 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Da_Czar
Glad yall got something out of it. Classic pitching sounds interesting I will see if there is enough there for show on it. Those darn change ups in the dirt are still my cryptonite as well.

The thing about this game that I love is that i never have it "figured out" I can bat well for 10 games and then forget what got me there and find myself in a slump and have to use batting practice to work myself out again.

I have learned to layoff the high fastballs though
That is very well done with excellent content, apparantly you have posted others, this is the first I have seen....I am going to make a point of seeing all of your work.
"Changeups in the dirt"....man, I have some trouble with those also, a pitcher brings it hard...I can usually handle it....but the offspeed stuff are the pitches I have the most trouble with. Anyway.....great post and thanks.
 
# 14 Da_Czar @ 04/07/09 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Effington
Great video for sure, a lot of good tips as to how to practice.

One thing I thought was unusual, do you all move the PCI before the pitch to where you think it will be, then swing if it's there? I am always reacting to the pitch and moving the left stick after its release to get the hit.
Thanks Effington. I know some people are good enough at the game to make those types of adjustments my mind for this video was to help the people who are trying to make those adjustments but still swinging at a lot of bad pitches. Some hitters like you can think one pitch and location and then still adjust and hit a good pitch and still lay off the bad ones.

For others I think those tips can help them to start "seeing" the bad pitches and layoff those. The next step in the way I hit is to pick my zone early and then make slight adjustments up or down or left or right once I'm seeing the ball real well.

I am all for what ever works for you I know starting out though it can be ruff for guys moving the left stick choosing flyball or ground ball with the right stick and then seeing those breaking balls all at once.


Once you start adding in situation and pitchers previous pitch location in a game you can really get a feel for when a guy likes to throw his breaking stuff. I love how patience can pay off in this game
and I also love the balance between hitting a pitcher who does not have his best stuff that day only to be sat down on a day he does.

I see you Big Russell !!!!
 
# 15 Da_Czar @ 04/07/09 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by bcruise


"THIS is the instructional video, that gets results!"

Awesome job Czar!
LOL thanks bcruise and everyone else for popping in !!! Hilarious !!!
 
# 16 Brian SCEA @ 04/07/09 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Da_Czar
Glad yall got something out of it. Classic pitching sounds interesting I will see if there is enough there for show on it. Those darn change ups in the dirt are still my cryptonite as well.

The thing about this game that I love is that i never have it "figured out" I can bat well for 10 games and then forget what got me there and find myself in a slump and have to use batting practice to work myself out again.

I have learned to layoff the high fastballs though
Just saw the vid, great tips! This is the right approach to hitting - knowing when to swing, waiting for your pitch, and hitting it with good timing in your zone. These practices are some effective techniques to improve all of those.
 
# 17 Artman22 @ 04/07/09 02:17 PM
very nice video. I actually do very good in hitting in this game. I learn to be patient at the plate and wait for a pitch I like to swing at. Great stuff.
 
# 18 Effington @ 04/07/09 02:33 PM
Why would you want to lay off the high fastballs!?!
 
# 19 Da_Czar @ 04/07/09 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Effington
Why would you want to lay off the high fastballs!?!
Those can lead to popups. I was mainly talking about ones out of the strike zone. I had a bad habit of chasing those and popping the ball up for an easy out.
 
# 20 davewins @ 04/07/09 03:10 PM
Great video man. You made it very informative and fun. You got a great voice for this stuff man. I wouldn't be surprised if your career was something in the broadcast field. You really have a smooth way of getting your message across while keeping the viewer hooked. Very entertaining stuff man and great tips. I naturally tryed everything you suggested first but you described it all to a tee better then I could ever have. Props to you my man.

Also I agree what you said earlier in the thread about how you find yourself getting in slumps and that's great. It truly is. There was a time where everything was clicking for me and I was really seeing the ball good and hitting everything and then I don't know what happened but it stopped. I honestly think I just got a couple bad breaks and then I started pressing and swinging at more pitches. The way the CPU adapts to you pressing and chasing balls or borderline strikes is very impressive.

What people need to do (myself included) is simply take a strike sometimes and not be afraid to take 2 strikes. Wait for your pitch. I find myself sometimes swinging at anything that's going to be a strike. That's a 2 strike approach!! I shouldn't be doing this with 0 strikes or even 1 strike. I should really bare down and wait for my pitch, a pitch that I know that I can hit good. Instead of being so worried about hearing the ump call strike. Strike 1 no big deal, strike 2 no big deal, now it's time to not get caught looking and protect the plate. To sum it up, I bat like I am batting with 2 strikes too often and that is not helping me hit good because then the CPU pitcher gets in a groove as well.
 

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