Like the Chinese Yin and Yang, patient and aggressive baseball hitting works hand in hand. They are two opposite principles in nature; however, an all-round baseball hitter combines both elements
Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances
A patient hitter is one that is able to take pitches in difficult situations for the greater purpose of putting him and his team in an advantageous position.
Scenario 2 – Leading off the inning
Reasoning: Coaches do not like “one pitch, one out” scenarios.
Especially important if your own starting pitcher has just had a big inning and needs a breather.
Scenario 3 – The lead-off hitter gets out on the first pitch of the inning
Reasoning: What is worse than “one pitch, one out”? 2 pitches 2 outs
Scenario 4 – The opposing pitcher is wild
Reasoning: This is a good time to zone in on one pitch, one location; you do not want to help a wild pitcher out by swinging at bad pitches.
Scenario 5 – Go-ahead or tying run on second base with first base open
Reasoning: Generally in this scenario a hitter would not receive a good pitch to hit as first base is open and the opposing team may decide to pitch around the hitter.
Scenario 6 – Go-ahead or tying run in scoring position with a weak hitter hitting behind you
Reasoning: You may get pitched around as the opposing team will probably take a chance pitching to the weakest hitter.
Scenario 7 – Hitting lower down the order
Reasoning: Your job is to get on base and let the big boys drive you in, so it is especially important to be a patient hitter.
There are many situations that warrant patient hitting; however, it is fruitless to practice patient hitting unless a hitter understands when aggressive hitting is required.
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