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.
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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 more.
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 program.
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.”
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.
Sibley, LA – October 7, 2011 - Head Coach Bob Gray has been coaching in Northwest Louisiana for over 26 years. He has seen a lot of baseball both as a coach and as a father. However, it wasn’t until March of 2008, that he convinced the parents and boosters of his small community in Sibley, LA that they needed the FungoMan Automated Baseball Practice Machine. He was able to see the number of repetitions increase overnight. “I had the drills,” Gray said. “…and I knew what I wanted to accomplish. Now I had a tool that would help me accomplish more during the same amount of time.”
By JOHN ROTH
GoDuke The Magazine, April 2011
As an alumnus with a rich background in the professional ranks, Duke baseball coach Sean McNally embraces player development as one of the essential avenues to building a better Blue Devil program. It is an especially significant tenet this year with a roster that includes 15 freshmen, four or five of whom start on a regular basis. McNally and his staff utilize numerous tools to help groom their players’ talents, and two new ones came on board this season — the artificial resurfacing of Jack Coombs Field to create an excellent on-campus training facility, and the addition of a FungoMan, an automated practice machine.
The FungoMan can rifle a slew of realistic ground balls at rapid intervals to players who want extra work on their defense. Infielders in particular make use of the device to practice fielding grounders after team workouts or on their own time — and nobody has used the machine more than freshman shortstop Angelo LaBruna.
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Baseball Program in Bridgewater, NJ is coming off the most successful season in program history. In 2010, the Panthers won the school’s first State Sectional Title. The summer team followed that championship up with an AABC 17u New Jersey State Title and a trip to Albuquerque, NM for nationals.
B-R purchased the FungoMan in December 2010 in conjunction with Bridgewater Baseball, the local youth baseball organization. The FungoMan quickly became an instrumental part of the Panthers’ practice and pregame routines.
“There is no doubt that the FungoMan was instrumental in our success as a program last year.”
”...Unlike other indoor facilities, Diamond Instincts only uses league baseballs instead of rubber-coated balls and the facility recently purchased a “Fungoman,” an automated pitching machine which can also be used for taking grounders. “
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Los Angeles, CA, April 7, 2010 - The formation of the Israel Baseball League (IBL) in 2007 and the mission to bring professional baseball to the Middle East is the focus of the documentary film Holy Land Hardball, which will air on MLB Network on Sunday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET. The film follows Massachusetts-based entrepreneur and IBL founder Larry Baras, former Boston Red Sox general manager and director of IBL baseball operations Dan Duquette, and the IBL staff from the league’s first tryouts in Massachusetts to the first pitch on June 24, 2007 in Petach Tikva, Israel. The IBL went on to play one 45-game season among six teams in the summer 2007.
Why have 60 of the Top Programs in TX Invested in the FM-250?
Texas Coaches count on FungoMan every day to:
* Maximize practice time!
* Develop proper fundamentals in players
from youth leagues to the pros!
* Create patient hitters!
* Script efficient practice plans!
* Find more time to practice problem areas!
* Add wins to their team’s record!
* Put more fun into practice!
* Multiply reps to players!
* Motivate players to reach for new limits!
* Teach the game with more effectiveness!
* Watch players achieve new levels of success!
The FungoMan Challenge can be seen at tournaments and events where FungoMan is being featured. The event gives players the opportunity to catch 3 ground balls at 3b, ss, and 2b. These balls must be fielded clean and then thrown to 1st base successfully to score points.
The player must then run to right field to catch a fly ball, then run to center field to catch another fly ball, then finally run to left field to complete the drill. Watch as young players from 9 to 14 test their skills in The FungoMan Challenge!
FungoMan has been with us for the last 2 years. It cannot be put into words. It allows us to take THOUSANDS of ground/fly balls every day. On a rainy day, we can set it up in our indoor bldg and 6 infielders can get 100 ground balls in 30 min.
March 11, 2010, 11:59 pm
Gardner Bunting Way Into Girardi’s Good Graces
By BEN SHPIGEL
“...Starting in mid-December, Gardner would go to an indoor baseball facility near his home in Charleston, S.C., and bunt, bunt, bunt. He dumped a bucket of balls – about 80, he said – inside a machine called a Fungoman, which he could control by a remote that he kept in his pocket or at his feet. When one round was finished, he would pick up the balls and start again.
“It allows you to get a lot of reps in,” Gardner said. “The good thing was, I could just turn it on, didn’t have to unplug it or anything. I could just focus on getting a lot of work in.”