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Improving Your Batting Average with a Pitching Machine

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If you’re trying to improve at anything, we know there is no magic pill out there to make us better. We need to practice – a lot – and that’s the bottom line. In order to practice though, we need to use the right equipment. If you are trying to up your batting average in baseball, a great way to improve this is by using a pitching machine.

Pitching machines will work for anyone, young or old. If you are just starting to play baseball and can’t hit the ball at all or if you’re a pro and just need some extra practice swinging the bat, a pitching machine is the perfect tool.

If you are new to baseball, it could scare you to step up to the plate and hit at a ball that is flying towards you. Practicing on a pitching machine will help you get over that fear and gain the confidence you need to play in real games. You should try to set the pitching machine at speeds you are comfortable with in the beginning. Gradually increase the speed and even start to mix in some “special” throws – like curveballs – once you are more comfortable.

Using a pitching machine is nice because since it will usually pitch at the same spot every time, you can move yourself around the batter’s box to give you a more realistic practice session. If you move closer to the machine or back towards the catcher, doing this will give you higher or lower balls to swing at. If you move closer to home plate or farther away from it, you will then give yourself more inside and outside pitches to work with. Of course when using a pitching machine, you want to work on the things you need improvement on. So if you are struggling with low balls, scoot back to the point that all of the pitches are coming in low. If you’re too slow on pitches and are simply swinging too late, practice hitting with the machine set on faster speeds. The pitching machine is meant to help you, but you also need to help yourself and use the pitching machine to the best of your abilities so you can be the best batter you can be.

Watch this demo video to learn how to use a pitching machine

Pitching machines usually come with settings that can allow a wide range of pitching speeds. Professionals are still using pitching machines, so you know they must work! These are awesome machines to improve hand eye coordination and anyone could use a little more practice with that, no matter how good you already are at batting!

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Hi, my name is Steven Miller and I live in San Antonio, TX.

I actually resurrected this blog for nostalgic reasons, as I used to live Connecticut and followed this organization.

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I’m here to answer questions and discuss possible partnership or business opportunities.



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Our Baseball Haven in the News

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“Titans 2010 Schedule Set; Non-Profit Partners Announced” Register Citizen, April 16, 2010
“LARC Up First After Winning OBH Lottery” Register Citizen, April 9, 2010
“Torrington Titans Announce Two Additions to Coaching Staff” Register Citizen, April 8, 2010
“Titans Team Up With Torrington” NBC Connecticut, April 7, 2010
“Our Baseball Haven Partners With Torrington Parks & Rec” Register Citizen, April 7, 2010
“Torrington Titans Fans Decide on Seating Arrangements” Register Citizen, April 1, 2010
“United Way to Play Ball” Register Citizen, March 11, 2010
“Titans, Our Baseball Haven to Help NW Chamber of Commerce’s Educational Foundation” Register Citizen, March 3, 2010
“Torrington Titans Get 6 New Team Members” Register Citizen, February 27, 2010
“New Torrington Baseball Team Announces First Non-Profit Partner” Register Citizen, February 18, 2010
“Torrington Titans Looking For Logo” Register Citizen, January 8, 2010
“Titans Hire Hunt As Manager” Register Citizen, December 31, 2009

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About Our Baseball Haven

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  1. What is the concept behind OBH? Our Baseball Haven’s goal is to attract enough members to cover the operating cost of running a summer collegiate baseball league team through membership dues. A large portion of additional revenue (gate receipts, advertising and more) will then be recycled into the community to charities and non-profits. Our Baseball Haven believes philanthropic giving is paramount in this current economic climate.
  2. What is crowdsourcing? Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a task traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people or community.
  3. Where will the team play?  The team will play its home games in Fuessenich Park in Torrington, CT.
  4. How much does it cost? An annual membership will cost $100 USD.
  5. Will I be refunded my money if Our Baseball Haven does not reach its goal?  Yes, if you purchased a membership before July 2, 2009, you will be refunded $90 (USD) of the original membership fee after transaction fees are applied.  If you purchased a membership July 2, 2009 or later, your initial $10 pledge is non-refundable but you will NOT be charged any additional money.  Please see our Terms & Conditions for further details.
  6. What is included in my membership? An OBH member will receive at least 21 tickets to the team’s games and full voting rights to all OBH initiatives, including the majority of daily operations of the team, except on-field decisions.
  7. I purchased my membership because I originally believed the team was going to be in the New Haven area, can I get a refund now that the team will play in Torrington? Yes, if you purchased your membership before September 1, 2009. The Terms & Conditions and related transaction fees will still apply.
  8. Why the change in direction from New Haven to Torrington? There are several factors that caused the change of direction in bringing a franchise to Torrington rather than New Haven. The primary factor was securing a field for our games that met all of the criteria for the league and business model. While New Haven did not work out we are thrilled with the enthusiasm and support of the great community of Torrington and look forward to bringing baseball back to a community that misses it. For more information, we invite you to contact us directly and we can answer any specific questions you may have.
  9. As a member, do I own shares in the team?  Is this like the Green Bay Packers? No.  While you will be voting on decisions that are typically made by owners and operators of a franchise, your membership is not an ownership stake in the franchise.
  10. What will I be voting on? Voting will take place on several topics that will all have an impact on the direction of the franchise including: team name, logos, uniform and other decisions involved with running a franchise. All voting and interaction with the organization and other members will take place through the web site.
  11. How many votes do I receive? Each membership receives one vote on each matter.
  12. I’ve just purchased a membership, when can I start voting? Voting will begin once our goal is reached and we’ve obtained enough members to successfully purchase a team.  While members won’t officially begin voting on initiatives until we’ve reached our goal, you will be receiving communication from OBH about specific actions that involve our members.
  13. Why should I join now? For OBH to become a reality, we need fans like you (and your friends) to get involved now.  Our initial membership base will drive the direction of OBH and ultimately determine our fate.  OBH is reliant on our members’ and prospective members’ determination to be part of something that has never been done in the United States.  Are you ready to step up and help make OBH happen?
  14. Which league will you play in?OBH is pursuing the purchase of a team affiliated with the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL).
  15. What is your philanthropic mission? With the latest economic downturn, there are several charitable causes and non-profits OBH will evaluate and eventually partner with each season. Revenue and profits will be donated to selected non-profits to help facilitate their mission and financial goals.
  16. As a non-profit, how can my organization either benefit or get involved? OBH has already received inquiries from a number of non-profits in Connecticut, looking to partner in our philanthropic mission. Non-profits will be the focus of a number of OBH events, including certain game promotions and off-site fundraisers. To learn more about OBH’s non-profit initiatives and how to become involved, please e-mail OBH at
  17. How can my company or business get involved? OBH encourages companies to either partner, advertise or be a part of OBH’s philanthrhopic mission. If you are a human resources professional or operate a large or small company and would like to inquire about group memberships, partnerships or sponsorships, please e-mail OBH at
  18. How old must I be to become a member of Our Baseball Haven? You must be at least 18 years of age to become a full member of OBH or have consent of an adult if you are younger.
  19. Can I be refunded my money in the middle of the season? No. Once OBH purchases a team and is accepted into a league, voting will begin on daily operations. Once this occurs, a member is no longer eligible for a refund per OBH’s Terms & Conditions.
  20. What is the timeline? We hope to finalize the transaction by the end of October, 2009. People will be able to sign up for memberships year-round. We will begin play in the summer of 2010.