Batting Cages Near Me
Love baseball? Need to get in a little batting practice? Well, a batting cage is a good place to start. Just let the balls come and swing away. Just check out the Batting Cages Near Me Map below. In it, you will find all of the nearby places that have batting cages for you to practice at. Just click on a location, it will give you the facility’s name, address and phone number.
You will also be able to check out its website, if they have one and see review from previous users. In addition, you will be able to see the hours of operation and with a few clicks, you can get directions, so you can be on your way to work on your swing.
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Batting Cage Locations
While some batting cages can be found at facilities that specialize in them, many you will find combined with other places, such as general baseball fields, golf courses or general sports and amusement facilities that offer other activities such as mini golf, bowling and go carts. While many batting cages are located outdoors, you can also find some that offer indoor facilities if the weather is not favorable.
Batting Cage Hours of Operation
The hours of operation for batting cages has a wide rage. Some would open as early as 8am; most however, open later in the day but will be open by sometime in the afternoon. Batting cages are generally open into the evening, but may be open as late as 2 or 3am, depending upon their cliental and location.
Cost of Batting Cages
Batting Cages have a range of prices but generally you make purchases per number of pitches. Often, the more pitches you purchase, the cheaper your rate. Generally, you are looking between $0.10 per pitch to around $0.20 per pitch. So, if you are going for 100 pitches, you are looking between $10 and $20. If the batting cage you are looking at with Batting Cages Near Me has a website, be sure to check it out to see if their rates are posted in advance.
Creation of the Batting Cage
Batting cages have been an important way of practicing ones swing and for others just a recreational activity.
The first automated pitching machines were made during the 1960s. They were more open field designs and all custom equipment. During the 1970s, they started to become standardized a bit more, but were expensive and required a lot of maintenance. The machines were primarily used by baseball teams for team practice. During the mid-70s, the batting cages were created, allowing for the cages to be centralized and enclosed.
1978 brought about a large revolution. ABC introduced a retrieval and conveyor system. This allowed for the machines to be automatically fed from a central pool of balls. This was created by having a customized building design.
Softball versus Baseball
If you go to a batting cage, it is important that you select the right kind of pitching machine. Since the 1970s you have been able to use both softballs and baseballs at batting cages. The differences between the two balls are pretty obvious. Softballs are about 2 – 3 inches larger in circumference and 1 to 2 ounces heavier than baseballs. For youth, the bats are generally interchangeable but at more advanced levels softball bats are specialized. The bats can be made from a number of material including graphite, carbon and Kevlar.
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Fun Crazy and Interesting Baseball Facts
Baseball is one of the biggest sports in America. With it, comes a long history of random and strange stories. Here are some fun facts for you to enjoy.
1. During a regular Major League Baseball game, the average baseball survives only 5 – 7 pitches. Which means that on an average baseball game they go through 70 baseballs. Over 900,000 balls are used throughout a season, 200,000 of which are used during games.
2. The International Baseball Federation has more than 100 countries that are a part of it. The country with the largest professional baseball league was the United States and the second largest is Japan.
3. The first World Series was held in 1903. The team to first win it was the Boston Americans, which later became the Boston Red Sox. The game was against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the final game was held at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston won the final game 3 – 0.
4. Baseball games are popular to watch on television. The first game broadcast on television was on August 26, 1939. The game was between Brooklyn and Cincinnati. With only around 400 televisions in New York where the game was broadcast, the number of viewers would have been pretty small. Regular baseball broadcasting didn’t start until after World War 2.
5. Baseball games generally have 9 innings and last about 3 hours; however, the length of the game can range greatly. The shortest game in history was only 51 minutes and played between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants won. The longest game lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes and was played between the Chicago White Socks and the Milwaukee Brewers. It went into 25 innings. It actually spanned 2 days, May 8 & 9, 1984. The game got suspended in the 18th inning and was finished the next day. The Chicago White Socks won the game.
6. The first national professional baseball league was founded in 1870. The National Association of Baseball Players only accepted amateur players. The current Major League Baseball organization wasn’t formed until 1903.
7. The fastest baseball ever thrown reached speeds of 107.9 mph, in 1946; however, in the Guinness Book of World Records, the record recorded is 105.1 mph, and was recorded in 2010. The average fast ball is normally around 80 mph and reaching speeds of over 100 mph is dangerous for a pitcher and can cause damage to tendons and ligaments. Pitching machines can normally do up to 105 mph so be sure to wear your helmet after you find a batting cage when searching Batting Cages Near Me.