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June 10, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Back to Back to Back Lulz

by Jason Collette

Everyone is familiar with Fred McGriff's endorsement of Tom Emanski's instructional videos that helped deliver back-to-back-to-back AAU titles in the early 90's. It is fine time those videos get an update because the content has become a bit outdated and struggles to keep the viewer's attention. One such creative thinker is Austin Kearns who realizes he is on the wrong side of 30 and that he needs to start thinking about a career after his playing days are over. It was quite clever of him to give everyone a sneak preview into the Austin Kearns Creative Drills series while playing first base for the Miami Marlins

When asked about this unique method of fielding, Kearns replied, "You have to crawl before you can walk. I train kids to field at least 10 balls in play this way before letting them get up on their feet and field it like a major leaguer." He went on to say that, "My results are proven to get an instant reaction from kids, coaches, and parents everywhere."

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My favorite part of this may actually be the umpire running away as if the ball was about to explode.

Jun 10, 2012 14:19 PM
 
eighteen

That umpire really knows his job. You'll notice he starts running around Kearns before Kearns even reaches for the ball. That way, the ball can't hit the umpire no matter what Kearns does with it (well, OK, if Kearns throws the ball behind him, he might hit the ump).

Heads up positioning.

Jun 11, 2012 09:57 AM
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Sharky

Nice post, Jason. Please dial up the sarcasm next time though!

Jun 11, 2012 04:47 AM
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tomterp

Hilarious. 4-wheel drive is probably going to remain a niche dimension of fielding, though, as long as the global warming thing keeps snow games at bay.

Jun 11, 2012 07:30 AM
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dianagram

Austin's father was heard to say "that's my boy!"

Jun 11, 2012 16:26 PM
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