Automated Practice Machines

This robot’s name is FungoMan and he just wants to play baseball with the Padres

By Corey Brock / MLB.com For the past five years, “FungoMan” has collected dust and cobwebs in the back corner of the Padres’ covered batting cage at their Spring Training facility. But this spring, the automated machine that directs fly balls to outfielders has finally seen the light of day—and so, too, have the Padres, who are raving about the machine. The “FungoMan,” which resembles a pitching machine on wheels, has been used during the first few weeks of camp to spin balls of varying direction and distance to outfielders, replacing the job once done by coaches with a fungo bat. Don’t feel bad for the coaches, though. Full Story on...

St. Louis Gamers

13.5 hour FungoMan Day, 11,532 balls thrown 1 Month with the FungoMan The St. Louis Gamers’ mission is to develop passionate and skilled baseball players to compete at the highest level nationally, while using baseball as a platform to teach important life lessons to young men in a team environment that is positive, challenging and fun. The Gamers Academy Staff includes Matt Whiteside, Scott Cooper, Dave Pregon, Nick Beckmann, Nick Aboussie, Kevin Wheeler and Mark Gallion, a team with over 120 years of playing and coaching from the youth baseball to MLB level. The Gamers use the FungoMan FM-250 in a variety of ways: St. Louis Gamers Videos using the FM-250 13.5 hour FungoMan Day, 11,532 balls thrown Ground Ball Drills Outfield Drill Catcher Receiving Drill Catcher...

Manual Controller Drills Every High School Coach Should Own

While there’s no right or wrong way to use the FungoMan FM-250, great time-saving drills can make the difference between an average vs dynamic practice. There is no doubt that the FungoMan Wireless Remote can do incredible things, but what happens when you leave your remote controller at home? Or you have a new coach that has never used the Wireless Remote? Or, you simply want to set up a quick drill without setting up a program? No sweat. Today we’ve provided a clutch short list of quality settings on your manual controller that will keep your players coming back for...

San Diego State Making the Most of the FungoMan

Mark Martinez begins his first season as the head coach at San Diego State after nine years as an Aztec assistant coach under the late Tony Gwynn. Martinez helped Gwynn transform and build the program into what it is today. He has helped guide the Aztecs to three regional appearances in the past six years after an 18 year absence from the postseason. Along the way, he has guided the team to back-to-back Mountain West Championships. He has also helped build an academic program that saw the highest APR in the history of the program last season, as well as the most scholar-athletes and highest team GPA in the history of the...

Grinders Baseball Academy – Kelly Stinnett Baseball

The old saying “practice makes perfect” pretty accurately defines Kelly Stinnett Baseball. And Kelly Stinnett knows a lot about not only practicing, but practicing the right way. “I believe that you play the way you practice,” says Stinnett, a 15-year Major League Baseball veteran. “And if you practice correctly, that’s going to pay off come game-time.” Kelly Stinnett was known by his Big League teammates as “The Grinder” because of his unparalleled work ethic, his ability to avoid injuries with proper training and practice, and his never say die attitude and positive mental approach to the game. Now, he can teach your child the same core principles that made him a long-time success at the highest levels of the game. At his indoor training center in Northeast Mesa, Arizona, Stinnett and his staff have the ability to train for baseball multiple times a week. “Most baseball activities require muscle memory,” Stinnett says, “and by having a place to train often, and get in lots of reps is a real plus… especially when it’s 110 degrees outside!” Winning as an important part of any competitive sport, but player and character development is more important. “It’s also important to develop the complete player,” he says. “It’s fun to win, but winning shouldn’t come at the expense of a player’s future health.” Stinnett was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, and played in the Majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Kansas City Royals, the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and the New York Yankees. They say catchers know the game best,...

7 Communication Plays that Win or Lose Baseball Games

Here are 7 plays that involve communication between players. The key to recording outs in each situations hinges on players’ ability to know their responsibilities, communicate properly to their teammate(s), and execute the required techniques. Adding this routine to the FungoMan wireless remote gives coaches and players a drill that will replicate these plays simply and accurately. The drill is most effective when run with the entire team on the field. 1. Each play in the routine has player responsibilities and techniques that should be discussed prior to executing the play. 2. Plays should be “walked through” at a slow pace to discuss and demonstrate proper execution. 3. As proficiency is developed, the drill should be executed at game speed. 4. Finally, by simulating a game situation with number of outs and base runners, the drill becomes an intense mental conditioning practice, as well as a tool to develop proper techniques and communication. To add the drill to your FungoMan Wireless Remote: 1. Create a new user created routine by making a copy of ROUTINE ONE 2. Rename the copied drill to 7 Communication Plays that Win Games 3. Use the table on the attached pdf as a guide to creating the routine. 4. Add each ball to the routine (Options, Add Ball) 5. Describe each ball from the BALL PAGE 6. After all of the balls have been entered, test the drill on the field and make adjustments to each ball as needed from the BALL PAGE This routine doesn’t contain all of the plays that require communication on the field. Therefore, feel free to add balls to...