Chris Welsh

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The Role of a Minor League Hitting Instructor

Topics: Baseball Instruction

This classic baseball instruction video comes from back in 2003 with Cincinnati Reds Minor League Hitting Instructor, Freddie Benavides. Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh asks Freddy about the role of a roving minor league hitting instructor, and specifically about his work Reds top prospect at the time, Ray Olmedo.    

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Signing and Scouting Players from the Mexican League with Johnny Almarez

Topics: Baseball Instruction

This classic baseball instruction video comes from back in 2003 with Cincinnati Reds Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations Johnny Almarez. Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh asks Johnny about the signing and scouting players in the Mexican League.

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Reds Broadcaster Chris Welsh Explains Controversial Final Play in St. Louis

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The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals game on September 17, 2022 was tied 0-0 in the bottom of the 11th inning. The Cardinals had the bases loaded with 0 outs, and Paul Goldschmidt at the plate. Goldschmidt hit a ball to Nick Senzel, who was the Reds fifth infielder at the time, covering the…

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Rapid Fire Rules Questions with MLB Umpire Greg Gibson

Topics: Expert Analysis

MLB umpire Greg Gibson joins Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh for a series of rapid fire rules questions to help you better understand the rules of baseball in a fun way.

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What Happened to the Baseline?

Topics: Baseline, Expert Analysis

Major League Baseball rules have changed and there is no such thing as a “baseline” anymore. Major League Umpire, Greg Gibson and Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Chris Welsh explain how the rule is now about the runners “basepath” in a simple and easy to follow video.

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What Happens After a Ball Touches the Bat Twice?

Topics: Batter Interference, Expert Analysis

There are a lot of different scenarios where a ball can be touched by bat twice in different ways which can determine if a player is out, safe or there is interference called. MLB umpire Ted Barrett breaks down these scenarios with Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh in a simple and easy to follow video…

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Hitter Leaving the Batter’s Box

Topics: Batter's Box, Expert Analysis

Major League Baseball has really attempted to speed up the game. One of the ways of doing that is keeping hitters in the batters box. Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh go through some of the delay tactics that hitters will use to get out of the box and explain what the umpire…

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What is the Runner’s Lane?

Topics: Batter Runner, Expert Analysis, Runners Lane

What exactly is the runner’s lane? Where does the runner’s lane start and end? When does the runner start being required to run within the runner’s lane? What happens if the runner doesn’t stay in the lane and interferences with the play? Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh breakdown these situations and explain…

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Runner Not Out When Hit By Batted Ball

Topics: Base Awards, Batted Ball, Expert Analysis, Fielding

We all know that a runner is ruled out when they are hit by a batted ball, but are there any situations where a runner might not be ruled out? Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh breakdown a unique situation where a batter could be ruled out in a simple and easy to…

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Faking a Throw to Third and Throwing to First Base

Topics: Balk, Expert Analysis, Rules Changes

One of the recent rules changes in the past decade is that pitchers are no longer allowed to fake a throw to third base, and then turn around and try to pick off a runner on first base. Major League Umpire, Ted Barrett, and Chris Welsh breakdown these situations and explain this correct rule in…

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