My Document of Learning is on my Learning Centre:
Wii Sports: Baseball Training – the biggest part of my Learning Centre
There are three parts in the Baseball Training:
Hitting Home Runs
Ichiro may look small, but his strength shows he’s no wimp. He wanted to show off to America how good he is by hitting a home run off of the best pitcher at the time, Hideo Nomo (June 12 1993). The Orix coaching staff did not like that. They wanted him to (1) stop hitting home runs and (2) change his unorthodox style of batting, but Ichiro refused.
In his two greatest seasons, Ichiro hit 13 home runs in 1994 and 8 in 2001.
In this session, the pitcher will toss 10 balls at you and your job is to hit as many as you can, expect they will only count if the ball is a home run.
Ichiro’s accuracy in both his throwing and hitting are incredible. Ichiro’s father came up with a “Life and death” toss batting drill. His father would stand a few yards directly in front of Ichiro, who is now forced to learn to hit the ball where he wanted in order to avoid hitting his father. That wasn’t a huge problem when they started off with rubber balls, but it got serious when they switched to hard balls when Ichiro hit 5th grade.
Like before, you’ll be pitched 10 balls, and all you have to do is hit them – in the shaded area. The darker the color, the more points you earn.
As a child, Ichiro would practice the mechanics of pitching, fielding, and hitting every afternoon with his father. No matter how much he didn’t want to at times, his father wouldn’t let him and therefore, he improved immensely. When hand-pitching became too easy for Ichiro, they started making nightly visits to a batting center.
When he was in 3rd grade, he was hitting 60 mph pitches
When he was in 5th grade, he was hitting 75 mph pitches
When he was leaving Junior High (9th Grade), he was hitting 80 mph pitches. At that point the machines couldn’t go any faster, so they had to move the plate closer to the
machine until it they reached 6 feet.
This time, you get 30 balls. This one has the simplest goal: hit as many as you can. But watch out, because not all them will be nice straight pitches over the plate…
Ichiro Suzuki Standard Batting Statistics