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Happy Holidays!

November 23, 2017 by  
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Yes, we’ve reached that time of year again! Thank you so much for being a follower of Baseball By The Yard!  The site is approaching it’s 7th anniversary and I appreciate all your support! I hope you and your families have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving and winter holiday season!  However, don’t blink because baseball […]

The Training Lace

October 26, 2017 by  
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Hi everyone! I don’t often promote products but the Training Lace from LaceUp is generating a lot of interest inside and outside the sporting world.  It also has a lot of versatility on the baseball side of things.  I have personally tried them in a variety of baseball related drills and I have to say […]

Happy July 4th week

July 3, 2017 by  
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Hi everyone! No posts this week.  I hope you and your families have a relaxing and fun 4th of July week!   Next post will be Monday.  Good luck if you are playing this week!   Coach McCreary

If you know a young player, make him watch this

June 28, 2017 by  
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Young American kids typically wear $80 spikes.  They use $300+ mako bats.  They play on nice fields and they carry baseball bags filled with 20 pounds of other gear.  Some are the best players in their area.  They have dreams of playing professional baseball and assume their previous success in the game will carry well into […]

How to autograph a baseball

June 14, 2017 by  
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I’m a stickler for doing things right when it comes to the game of baseball.  Right down to how to autograph a baseball. In today’s video tip, I show the wrong way and the right way to do it.  If you are going to do it, do it right!

Happy Easter

April 13, 2017 by  
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Have a great holiday everyone!  Good luck if you are playing this weekend!  Family is going on vacation so the next post will be Tuesday! Enjoy the break!

If you can’t play catch, you can’t play baseball

April 5, 2017 by  
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The last part of the Bible is referred to as “The Last Days” and lists seven prophecies that some claim will predict and lead us towards the end of the world.  If my memory serves me, the first prophecy is “No child shall be able to play catch.”  If that is true then we are well on […]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2016 by  
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As this year winds down, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you readers and supporters of Baseball By The Yard.  Six years ago I created this website to get what I knew about the game out of my head so as to help players, coaches, and parents learn more about the […]

A note for subscribers

December 14, 2016 by  
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A reminder to subscribers to check their email! Friday is the last day to get a bonus video with the new eBook I created on Off-Season Workouts for players and coaches!  After Friday, 8pm (EST), the bonus video goes away and I make just the eBook available to everyone on the website. If you are […]

Support Baseball By The Yard this holiday season!

November 25, 2016 by  
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Hi everyone! It’s holiday shopping season and if you are like me, you hate going to the stores and standing in lines. That’s why more and more of my shopping is done online so I can have it delivered right to my door. Well, now you can do that and help support Baseball By The […]

Election day: Winners win

November 8, 2016 by  
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Well, it’s election day in America. I stay away from politics on this baseball site but today’s post adds a little to make a point.  After reading, I think you’ll see the connection to winning in baseball both as a player and a team. From scandals and corruption to vulgar language and bad jokes, both […]

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2016 by  
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Get your halloween freak on!

Comedian’s take on Little League

October 24, 2016 by  
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Thought you would like this.  Comedian Brian Regan about his time in Little League baseball. Enjoy!

Tips for the showcase circuit

September 13, 2016 by  
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It’s showcase season! The Fall is when many high school players hit the showcase circuit in the attempts to woo a college or pro scout into giving up some money.  If you are already a selfish, “me only” player then you may stop reading and move on to another activity.  You won’t learn anything new […]

Tuesday is the day!

September 1, 2016 by  
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Hi everyone!  Just a heads-up that new posts will be starting Tuesday, September 6th!  I hope everyone had a great finish to the summer!  As always, if anyone has any topics you’d like me to cover in written or video form, shoot me an email at

Thanks and have a great summer!

July 26, 2016 by  
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Hi everyone! Baseball season is now over for me so a break is now in order!  I’m taking August off when it comes to new posts on the site.  Thanks to all those who are avid readers and supporters of the site.  Your comments, emails, Likes, and Re-Tweets keep me going! Have a great rest […]

Need a summer camp?

June 3, 2016 by  
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FYI to any of you in the Philadelphia suburbs who are looking for a baseball camp from June 27-30 for your 8-12 year old … My camp that I run with a scout and former high school and college coach is still accepting players.  Click on the link below for more information!  Let me know […]

Brain teaser

May 6, 2016 by  
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Quick and without Googling it … give me a scenario where a triple play can happen without the ball touching a defensive player!     5-10-16 UPDATE:  Here is one way it could be done … Runners on 1st and 2nd or bases loaded.  Less than two outs.  Infield pop up.  Infield fly is declared and […]

Opening Day Quiz

April 8, 2016 by  
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This week kicked off the MLB season.  As always, one of my favorite columnists (George Will) had his annual quiz to mark the date.  Below is a link to the quiz.  Hopefully you will fare better than I did!  Have a great weekend and best of luck in any of your games!    

You find what you look for – A short story

February 25, 2016 by  
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A couple years back I wrote a short story called The Stubborn Hitter where the old groundskeeper teaches the young hitter a lesson.  To read it, click HERE.  Today’s post is the second installment.  It’s an old story, only this time with a baseball twist. One hot summer day, the league’s old groundskeeper was out […]

Updates for 2016

January 4, 2016 by  
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Happy New Year everyone!  I wish you all health and happiness … and a great bullpen … in 2016!  I am planning some changes and wanted to let all of you know about some of them. I am in the process of creating numerous full length video seminars on many areas of the game.  It is something […]

Happy Holidays 2015

December 18, 2015 by  
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Happy Holidays to you and your families! Coach Bob McCreary FYI: New posts will begin again on Monday, January 4th!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2015 by  
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  I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!  See you back here for another new post on Monday!  

FYI’s and Resources page

November 18, 2015 by  
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I just wanted to use today’s post to give all of you a heads-up about a few things that are happening at The response to the Winter Seminar Survey has been great!  Thanks so much for all the comments and suggestions.  I hope to have several of the seminars made and ready to go […]

The Winter Seminar Survey

November 9, 2015 by  
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Wintertime means baseball seminars!  I have a bunch of titles in mind to produce but I’d like to get your input.  Could you please take a two-question survey for me?  I’d love to have your input about topics you’d like me to cover.  Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced.  Any area of the game.  Doesn’t matter.  Tell […]

Happy Halloween 2015!

October 30, 2015 by  
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Happy Halloween 2015! The Year of the (Baseball) Shark Attack!

New posts coming soon!

October 14, 2015 by  
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Hi everyone!  I hope your summer and early fall were good ones.  Just wanted to give you a heads-up that new posts (written and video) will be starting up again on Monday, October 20th. I missed doing them and I hope you missed reading/watching them! See you Monday! Coach McCreary

Summer update

July 27, 2015 by  
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Hello everyone!  I hope all of you are enjoying your summer! For a lot of you, baseball is over and you are now getting some much needed R & R.  I know I am!  Because of that, I will be taking a break from posting for the next couple weeks. If you are new to […]

Old batting glove smell

July 10, 2015 by  
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  You know you are a ball player when your old batting gloves smell like heaven and your mother wants to throw them out.   If that smell could be bottled in a cologne, a ball player would wear it!   True?

Tommy John article

July 2, 2015 by  
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Hello everyone!  I hope all of you have great plans for the Fourth of July weekend!  Today’s post is another article written by a friend and coach who is also in the medical profession.  This one is on the Tommy John surgery epidemic.  I hope you like it! Have a great weekend and if you […]

Baseball Dads – Part 3

June 26, 2015 by  
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Comment, like, or share if this is true …

Baseball dads – Part 2

June 24, 2015 by  
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No disrespect to all the baseball moms out there but … only a dad would have thought of this!

Baseball sayings from baseball dads

June 22, 2015 by  
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My father was by far the biggest influence on my baseball career.  I’m sure a lot of people can say the same thing.  I’m sure there is a cave drawing somewhere showing a cave-dad having a stone catch with his son.  He probably grunted “keep your elbow up!” too. My dad had a saying for practically […]

Still looking for summer camps?

June 15, 2015 by  
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Just an FYI if you are in the Philly suburbs … A good friend and I are running our 2nd summer baseball camp at the Central Perk Little League complex in Schwenksville, PA.  You probably know my background but my friend (Coach Rich Coletta) is another former high school and college coach who also coached […]

12u USA Baseball workout

May 4, 2015 by  
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Just a heads up for those in the Philadelphia area …  I will be helping to run a 12u camp for USA Baseball at the end of May.  These camps are where USA Baseball learns about players who might make up their future national teams.  If you or anyone else you know has a player who […]

Spring is just around the corner

March 6, 2015 by  
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Why is it that Fall and Winter are right on time every single year but Spring seems to take forever?  I admit that I might be a little jaded though since I just plowed 8 inches of snow off my driveway. I sure hope all you readers in the warmer climates appreciate what you have. […]

Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2014 by  
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My holiday schedule is getting pretty nuts so today’s post will be the last until Monday, January 5th! So … from all of us at Baseball By The Yard (actually it’s just me), have a wonderful holiday season and a great start to your new year!  I wish you and your family all the best! If you […]

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 by  
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To everyone in the Baseball By The Yard community, I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We all have much to be grateful for and I hope all of us spend some time focusing on those things over the holiday. Enjoy the break!  I’ll be back on Monday with my next post! […]

A message for hitters

October 31, 2014 by  
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Happy Halloween everyone!  Hope you have a great weekend! My son also wanted to send out a (not so subtle) Halloween message to hitters who like to dive out over the plate …

Baseball By The Yard bats 1.000!

October 10, 2014 by  
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Actually … it’s not 1.000 but 1,000 as in 1,000 POSTS!!  That’s right, today’s post is my 1,000th post for Baseball By The Yard. Way back on Sunday, December 12, 2010, I hit “Publish” for the very first time with a post called First impressions.  To see it click HERE.  I also published my second […]


September 8, 2014 by  
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Welcome to another week everyone!   I need to make a correction on a video I posted a little while ago.  The post was called Footwork for holding runners at first base.  In the video I mentioned that according to the rules, the only player who is allowed to be in foul territory is the catcher. […]

Cliff Notes and watching baseball

July 15, 2014 by  
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Be honest … how many of you used Cliff Notes instead of reading the entire book in high school English class?  I did.  In my eyes, being forced to read about a big whale or some old guy and the sea were clearly examples of cruel and unusual punishment.  I’d rather take some swings outside. […]

Baseball By The Yard Updates

June 30, 2014 by  
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Hello everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your summers.  I wanted to pass on a couple updates about the website. 1. The next post will be early next week.  I will be enjoying the July 4th holiday in a super-secret baseball location. 2. A good friend who is a pro scout and I are […]

Random tips for summer ball

June 24, 2014 by  
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To me, there was nothing better than summer ball.  I woke up and other than some chores around the house, the day was just about baseball.  No school and no homework.  Just baseball.   Although every level of summer ball was fun for me, it wasn’t always easy.  The heat and humidity along with multiple […]

Balance and the brain in baseball

April 21, 2014 by  
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The human body is an incredible machine.  Take balance as an example.  When we perform a task such as walking, our body and brain are performing an amazing number of things to make sure we stay in balance.  Balance is so central to our functioning that our body and brain takes care of it all […]

A college coach’s letter about showcases

February 14, 2014 by  
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About a year ago I wrote a post called the Showcase Dance.  I was somewhat critical of the ratings players get at these showcases and more importantly, how some players and parents interpret those numbers.  If you have not read that post, click HERE. The video below proves I’m not the only one who thinks […]

Hang in there!

February 5, 2014 by  
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Here at the Baseball By The Yard complex in my super secret location in SE Pennsylvania, we are once again under a winter storm warning.  We just got hammered with 10 inches of snow yesterday and it looks like more snow and ice to deal with today.   (On a side note, the face of […]

Cold weather gear for baseball

January 22, 2014 by  
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As I type this post, the low temperature for this evening is 2.  No, that’s not a misprint.  For those in the warm states, there is not supposed to be a 7 or an 8 before the 2.  Just 2 degrees.  Tomorrow is supposed to improve dramatically and be six times as hot.  12 degrees. […]

Happy Holidays!

December 13, 2013 by  
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Today will be my last post until Monday, January 6, 2014.  Things are getting pretty hectic with school, the holidays, family gatherings, and such so I just won’t have time to create quality posts.  Here are some things to look forward to in the near future:   I will be posting another interview shortly after […]

Holidays gifts for a Baseball Mom

December 9, 2013 by  
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  Ok, men.  This time of year can be pretty tough for us.  Us guys really don’t care what we get for Christmas.  At least I don’t.  But for the women in our lives … well, let’s just say this is one of those holidays you have to get right. Let’s face it.  The women […]

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