Line drives whistle and skid across Sluggers Batting Cages, where hitters perfect their swings against machines that sling pitches toward the plate at 40–80 miles per hour. Rounds of 18 pitches keep bats hurdling consistently through the zone, including inside two fast-pitch and two slow-pitch softball cages. For one-on-one schooling, private lessons are available by appointment, and cage rentals let teams and coaches practice without the distractions of a regular field, such as rain puddles or the forlorn howls of hot-dog-vending spirits. Between rounds, batters can browse the onsite pro shop's equipment and apparel or fill their mitts with snacks hauled in from the concession stand.
Each day, the cracks of bats connecting with fastballs and the smacks of baseballs arriving in leather mitts can be heard echoing throughout Hitters Hangout?s climate controlled indoor facility. The staff here encourages serious baseball and softball improvement within the facility?s three cages: a Major League cage for live batting practice, a Minor League cage outfitted with Iron Mike pitching machines, and a training tunnel for pitching, catching, and witnessing where mascots are kept during off-hours. The professional staff of instructors?which includes Orlando Palmeiro of the 2002 World Series champion Anaheim Angels, former Marlins catcher Jorge Fabregas, and Yuniesky Betancourt of the Brewers?pass along their insights on hitting, pitching, catching, and fielding during private and group lessons.
Though its name reflects its primary purpose as a a baseball and softball training facility, Line Drive Performance welcomes any athlete who wants to improve his or her fitness—an attribute that helps improve skills in any sport. During training sessions, trainers whip their subjects into shape through sit-ups, resistance training, and agility exercises, adapting challenges to fit any level of fitness or natural athleticism. Baseball and softball players, meanwhile, hone their chops inside coin-operated batting cages or work on fielding and pitching with private instructors. Much of Line Drives' facilities are located indoors, which lets players can practice in the off-season without worrying that hawks will swoop in and steal every pop fly.